What if the Rockets do not add the All-Star they are after?
Nobody knows exactly what is going on right now with the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony situation. The Rockets are obviously interested in him and vice versa. With the front office in a weird position for New York right now due to getting a new General Manager, anything can happen.
The Knicks have expressed interest in keeping Melo. There have also been talks that the Portland Trail Blazers are interested in Anthony as well. While the Melo situation is still confusing and dragging out, one thing is for sure: The Rockets will be fine either way.
Why Houston Does Not Need Carmelo Anthony
As much as the organization and the fans want Carmelo, the team is drastically improved with or without him. Daryl Morey has had an Executive of the Year type of offseason and will likely be in contention for the award next summer. He has added key pieces to a team that already had the third-best record last season.
He has added key pieces to a team that already had the third-best record last season. The signings of P.J. Tucker, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Tarik Black improve the second unit defensively and give the Rockets two more players to put on stars like Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard. The big move, the trade for Chris Paul, looked risky at first. However, Morey has found replacements for just about every one of the players that were traded for CP3 that are just as good or better.
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If the Rockets trade for Carmelo Anthony, then Ryan Anderson will likely be at the center of it all. Anderson, for all the hate he gets, is still not a bad option for Houston, though. With both CP3 and James Harden, he would get more open 3s than ever. He is a fantastic 3-point shooter and just played poorly in the playoffs. With less pressure on his shoulders, Anderson could be a great player for the Rockets next season. His defensive issues, however, still remain the same. Good thing Daryl Morey signed some defensive-minded free agents!
So overall, not getting Carmelo would not be the end of the world. The team still has enough firepower and defensive talent to take a shot at Golden State. An offense run by two future Hall of Famers is not too shabby.