Can the Rockets work out a way to get another superstar?
Some big news came out late last night. Carmelo Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Rockets or the Cavaliers. While it has been known for awhile that the Rockets would go after Melo, it is nice to know that he has mutual interest.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2017
A Melo to Houston trade would be a fulfillment of what the Rockets started back in 2014 when the team pursued him. It would definitely be an interesting, and different, situation for Anthony that he may really enjoy.
How it Can Happen
The main way that this trade can happen is through getting rid of Ryan Anderson‘s contract. Nothing personal against Ryno, but his $20 million per year contract is no fun when recruiting players to the team. If the Rockets are to trade for Melo, that cap space will be needed for sure. He is also really the only asset the Rockets have after the Chris Paul trade, so it will be tough to convince the Knicks. Could a third team be involved that can give the Knicks what they want asset-wise?
Carmelo Anthony’s Fit
Carmelo Anthony would be an incredible fit in Houston if he buys into the Mike D’Antoni system. They had their problems in New York with each other, but this time should be different. Carmelo has never truly had a great playmaker on his team, so having two will open up a whole new world to him on the basketball court. He wants to play in Houston with Chris Paul and James Harden, so let’s fulfill that wish.
— Jerome Solomon (@JeromeSolomon) July 3, 2017