James Harden, Dwight Howard ready to recruit Carmelo Anthony to Houston


When the Houston Rockets look to convince potential free agent Carmelo Anthony to pass up millions and leave New York, the opportunity to join forces with James Harden and Dwight Howard will be the team’s strongest selling point. With that in mind, the team’s two stars are “prepared to recruit” Anthony and create a new Big Three, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Houston’s talented duo arguably gives the franchise an advantage over any other prospective Anthony suitor, Miami withstanding. And while teaming up with LeBron James in South Beach would undoubtedly be a strong move, there are some possible advantages to playing in Houston, too.

Namely, Harden and Howard are much younger than Miami’s core players, and the road to signing in Houston isn’t nearly as complicated. Toss in the added bonus of no state income tax, and suddenly you can see why the Rockets think having their star players on the recruiting trail might be the perfect cherry to top it all.

The Rockets still need to make some major moves to free up cap space for Anthony, who will be able to command a four-year, $90 million deal in free agency, however. That’s far less than he could receive in New York, but unless he’s willing to take less to field a more competitive team, Houston would need to hold a borderline fire sale to make cap room.

On the other hand, Anthony could also take a pay cut closer to $19 million annually and allow the Rockets to keep several key players. If leaving New York to win titles is the ultimate goal here, a few million would make a huge difference given the money already tied up on Harden and Howard.

Of course, all of this assumes that Anthony actually opts out of his contract with the Knicks on July 1, and the Rockets will need to deal Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik no matter what. He could simply exercise his $23 million option for 2014-15 and stick in New York at least one more year, rather than join Houston, Chicago, Miami or any of other rumored possibilities. But that’s still a few weeks away, so the rumors will continue.

 

Tags: Carmelo Anthony Dwight Howard Houston Rockets James Harden New York Knicks

  • Brandon J Williams

    That’s still not enough to win. They don’t have the right role players & all of their stars lack the correct intangibles to win the title in my opinion.

    • Rockets2014/15

      Beverly
      Harden
      Melo
      Parsons
      Howard
      Bench:
      Jones
      DMo
      Daniels
      And MLE

      I’m sorry but that team better than heat.. Plus rockets best spurs 4-0 this year adding melo makes rockets better than spurs at every positions except pg which tony Parker isn’t getting any younger.

  • Jenffrj

    There is also no state income tax in Florida, so that is not a Houston advantage over the Heat. I would love to be rid of Carmelo in a sign and trade to any of these teams.

    • Rockets2014/15

      Lebron wade bosh melo will not take less than 15 mil a piece so melo to heat is impossible