Nov 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is restrained by official Scott Foster (48) as he confronts Houston Rockets power forward Dwight Howard (12) and shooting guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. The Rockets beat the Knicks 109-106. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Dwight Howard hasn’t spoken to Carmelo Anthony


It is no secret the Houston Rockets want to add a third star to their current duo of guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard.

One player the Rockets will key in on is New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony. Although he would love to play with Anthony, Howard hasn’t spoken to him and won’t be calling him.

“I haven’t spoken with Melo personally,” Howard told Sam Amick of The USA Today. “I know this is a time for him when he has to really just focus on what’s going to be best for him. And I really believe that in this point in Melo’s career, he just wants to win. He’s done everything – we both have that kind of same mentality to where all the individual accolades, we’ve got them. We’ve got a gold medal, he has been in tops in scoring for a while, but those are all individual things. I think at this point he just wants to win, so it would be great to have him here because I know what his focus would be. It’s up to him, where he’s at in his career. But I want people on my team who are all about winning. That’s my focus.

“I don’t know what (Anthony) is going to do, but he wants to win. So he’s going to be looking for a place to go where he can win. He’s made enough money. He’s done everything. I think he just wants to win right now. That’s his only goal. I’ve always been a Melo fan. One thing he said in an interview a long time ago, I think my first or second year in the league, I remember him saying that if he could play with one guy in the league he would play with Dwight Howard, so you never know. You never know what could happen. Right now, I don’t know, but for Melo’s sake I just hope he goes somewhere where he feels like he has a chance to win and be successful for the next four or five years of his career.

Howard averaged 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 assists while shooting 59.1% from the floor and 54.7% from the free throw line. Anthony put up 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line.

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