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

Carmelo Anthony rumors: Rockets' meeting similar to Dwight Howard meeting last year

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New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony is widely regarded as the second-best free agent on the market behind Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

However with most expecting James to return to Miami, Anthony may wind up being the best player to change teams this offseason.

On Tuesday, the first official day of free agency, Anthony kicked off his free agency tour by  visiting Chicago to meet with the Bulls. Anthony toured their facility, watched oft-injured point guard Derrick Rose work out and then went to dinner with Bulls’ players Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, head coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Gar Forman and owner Jerry Reinsdorf . After the meeting was over, reports surfaced the Bulls were very optimistic they could land Anthony.

On Wednesday, it was the Houston Rockets’ turn to host Anthony for a visit and make their pitch to him. The Rockets may have the best pitch out there. In each of the last two offseasons, they landed a superstar. In 2012, it was former Oklahoma City guard James Harden who was dealt to the Rockets. Last year, they beat out several teams to sign former Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers’ center Dwight Howard. Teaming Anthony with those two could make the Rockets the most talented team in basketball.

According to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle, the meeting was very similar to the ones they had with Howard just a year ago.

Anthony put up 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line last season.

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