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Report: Dwight Howard ‘badly’ wants Carmelo Anthony to join Rockets

Jul 2, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony had his first free agent meeting with the Bulls on Tuesday, a place that would seem to be at the top of his list if winning now while playing in one of the nation’s biggest markets is indeed the priority.

Next up is Houston, and while it doesn’t offer the same exposure as playing in New York or Chicago could provide, it does have two All-Star players firmly in place who could certainly help Anthony rack up plenty of victories.

One of those players is reportedly very interested in securing Anthony’s services.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Rockets stars Dwight Howard and James Harden are going to attend the Rockets’ meeting with Anthony, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

Howard, according to sources, is eager to pitch Anthony on the Rockets. Sources say Howard was trying to track down Anthony’s cell phone number to contact him directly to make a pitch over the phone. It is unclear if the two connected, but Howard is believed to be enamored with the idea of playing alongside Anthony.

“He really wants to sell him on Houston,” a source with knowledge of Howard’s thinking said. “He wants Carmelo there badly.”

Houston already shed the contract of Omer Asik to begin to create some cap space, and reportedly, Jeremy Lin would be next to go should Anthony decide that the Rockets are truly his best option.

It’s just difficult to see how that would be the case.

The Rockets are doing the right thing by attempting to assemble a roster full of proven stars, but adding Anthony would be more like a fantasy basketball move than one that truly fits the team’s needs. Houston would have too many holes at other positions if it was able to create the cap space to sign Anthony to a four-year max deal that he would certainly require, and as badly as Howard may want to add an elite scorer to the roster, it’s tough to see Anthony choosing the Rockets over a Bulls team that’s more properly constructed, and better-suited to contend for a title with Anthony in place.

  1. 2016olympics - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Noah & Rose > Howard & Harden

    • blueintown - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      No.

      • kb2408 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Yes

      • blueintown - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        No, kb. And it’s not even close. And this is coming from a Bulls fan.

      • kb2408 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        I’d take a “healthy” Rose and Noah over Harden and D12 any day.

      • k3nn3k - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        Why is it that every time some one picks D Rose they always start it with “healthy”. How about you just get D Rose, post 2 knee injuries. You can’t just pick the D Rose that you like the best from 2010…you have to get D Rose of today.

    • kb2408 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Plus, Melo and La La reportedly do not want to live in Houston. It’s N.Y. or Chicago.

    • reesesteel23 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      Who’s Rose?

    • simoneauchristopher5 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Noah & Melo & I’ll agree. The book is out on Rose until he plays a full season.

      Did anyone watch the Rockets get their as*es kicked by Portland? Howard & Harden are 2 of the most overrated stars in the game. Harden doesn’t play a lick of defense, & Howard disappears for LONG stretches. Noah has balls, Dwight doesn’t, and Melo is light years better than Harden.

      • jsala02 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        you didn’t watch the series vs Portland, Howard was the only one playing worth a damn on the Rockets

      • handsomerob86 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        You clearly didn’t watch the Portland series. Harden choked, but Howard delivered. And if you look at Howards playoff history, other than his injury filled season with the Lakers, he always cranks it up in the playoffs.

    • 2016olympics - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Melo, Noah, Rose > James, Bosh, Wade

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Yes, I would still take Wade’s old knees over Rose’s injured knees. By my count, Wade played a hell of a lot more basketball over the last two seasons as compared to Rose.

    • patfic5 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Lol. Noah and the eternally injured December Rose. No.

      • 2016olympics - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        You do know that Noah was DPOY last year right?

      • patfic5 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Noah isn’t the issue. But he would’ve been killed in the Finals.

      • 2016olympics - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        If Noah isn’t the issue then I must be missing your point. Do you really prefer D Wade’s 32 year old broken down knees over D Rose’s 25 year old knees?

      • patfic5 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        No. Point is he would be better with Houston as opposed to Chicago.

    • handsomerob86 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      I’m a Magic fan, not that hot on Dwight as you might imagine, and I love Noah, even from his UF time. But no chance that I would take Noah and Rose over Dwight and Harden (yes, even a ‘healthy’ Rose.

      Dwight is just as impactful if not more on D than Noah, AND he will get you a solid 20 a game, and he pulls down more rebounds. Case closed, Dwight is better than Noah.

      The “Healthy” Rose vs. Harden is a bit closer. Both are fantastic on offense, but Harden has definitely been more consistent.

      MVP season Rose averaged 25.0 PPG on 44.5% shooting with 7.7 ast per game, he dropped the next year 21.8 on 43.5%, and dropped even more last year (15.9 on 35.4%).

      Last season Harden averaged 25.4 on 45.6% and 6.1 APG. That would make it basically a tie for MVP Rose. But Harden had another season before that over 25 ppg. Rose has never come close to that since.

      Neither plays good D, so thats not even a consideration. I would call it a wash if Rose had another season like 2011. But we all know he probably won’t.

      So in summary, even MVP Rose, and DOY Noah, where not better than last years version of Howard and Harden. So if even adding Roses MVP season back in they weren’t better, than they certainly aren’t better with a post injury Rose.

      People just living in the past on Rose, and overhyping Noah. Harden/Howard was and is better.

      • jayhit - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        You lost my interest at I’m a Magic fan….

    • eazyd289 - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      who is Rose? The next Brandon Roy, great talent but no knees. LMFAO

    • naterich21 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      How about Noah & Howard > Rose & Harden

      We can all agree on that right?

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Move on.

  3. kb2408 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Dwight “badly” wants to get off the list of great players that have never won a championship.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      he should have stayed in LA…

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        If he could have played for the Clippers, yes/

      • loungefly74 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        haha! yeah, you’re right. they look to (finally) be the better organization but who knows how long that will last…

  4. cruzan80 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Shocker…..

  5. addict2sport - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Dwight wants as much pressure off him as possible, badly.

    • rrhoe - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      Right on!!

  6. ningenito78 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    They would have less defense than the Iraqi military.

  7. campcouch - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Hopefully we don’t see a story about Kobe begging. Derrick Rose working out for Melo and Howard wanting like a kid. NBA is getting soft and moist like a Duncan Hines cake.

  8. onbucky96 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    And I badly want to date Kate Upton. Ain’t gonna happen. It’s called lowered expectations Dwight. Embrace it.

    • enigma2742 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      KATE UPTON AIM HIGHER MEATHEAD

    • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      Well onbucky, i’d have to say there is an much much better chance that melo goes to houston than you dating kate upton.lol And i have to tell you i already dated her, in my mind, and she is alot of fun.lol

  9. ericreives - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Thibs, Rose, Butler, Noah, Gibson sounds better than Mchale, Howard, and Harden.

  10. rajbais - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Thanks a lot D-Rose!!! You lost us a star!

  11. calkinsrob - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Have fun with 2 of the worst defenders in the league apart of your big 3 houston. Chicago is the best option, but hes gonna have to leave a ton of money on the table. I think he stays in NY, and I dont blame him one bit for it. if he comes to chicago, DRose must have really impressed him in his workout.

    – bulls fan.

    • basketballbro - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Although I agree that Melo isn’t the best defensively, I do believe that if he joins the Bulls and is coached by Thibs, he will become an above average defender in this league. Melo has shown he can defend well, it’s just his effort that is lacking. Thibs will demand 110% from Melo defensively

  12. joshm5683 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    So he complains about touches and not being more of a focal point of the offense, yet he wants 1 of the more ball dominant players in the league on a team with Harden who also likes having the ball in his hands?

    I mean Melo is a great player, but Dwight’s logic doesn’t make a ton of sense.

  13. jimeejohnson - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    The mayor of Toronto did mushrooms instead of heroin. Anything’s possible! Carmelo has a much better chance to win in Houston than NYC, yet I don’t see him leaving now that the Zen Master is in charge. Phil’s not the coach this time, though, and that could be a negative in Melo’s mind.

    In time, the Knicks should return to being, at least, competitive, under the direction of Phil Jackson.

    • imakcds - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Phil knew how to get his players to win championships, but we don’t know what ability he has running the whole ship.
      I tend to think that if he fails, he’s still gonna be laughing all the way to the bank, then he’ll get paid some more for the book he writes about it.
      I appreciate the rings he won, but no way do I idolize Phil Jackson, I think he’s in it solely for himself, whatever he does.

      • onlyavoice - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        Phil signed with the Knicks just to hear his name glorified through the press,
        he has no plan & no clue as to what he’s doing.

  14. wowwowbad - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I thought Dwight was complaining last season that he didn’t get enough touches? If Melo comes over than Dwight will nearly certainly only could be a blue-collar guy, he likes talking to the media, but is this what he really want?

    • jollyjoker2 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Dwight is overpaid but average – he cant carry any team so let his whining begin.

  15. ddarqwon - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Here’s where this opinion piece loses traction:
    “Houston would have too many holes at other positions if it was able to create the cap space to sign Anthony to a four-year max deal… it’s tough to see Anthony choosing the Rockets over a Bulls team that’s more properly constructed, and better-suited to contend for a title with Anthony in place.”
    ……………………………….
    If I’m not mistaken, the Rockets would be able to return their entire starting lineup and many of their reserves, losing mainly Lin and Asik, and sign Melo to a max or near max contract. Meanwhile the Bulls would have to move at least one starter (maybe two) in addition to amnestying Boozer in order to give Melo that kind of contract.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Not that complicated.

      The Rockets were over the cap before the season ended. Even shedding Asik and Lin (reminding you that Melo isn’t leaving New York and this is strictly hypothetical) and offering him the max, the Rockets would have no room to sign anyone else to more than a mid-level exception of a salary, which means they will lose Parsons if someone offered him (and they will) more than $8 Million per.

      That leaves very little of a bench, as Garcia also opted out and they are sure to have to take back salary in any deal involving Lin in the first place.

      This is what people fail to realize about all these made-up scenarios. The Bulls have if, if, if, if, if in terms of guys who need to be moved JUST to offer Anthony 2/3 of the max (a joke if I ever heard one), and Houston has if, if, if and then a bunch of question marks even if they were able to change his mind and get him to sign there, because they won’t have anything but exceptions to sign anyone else.

      Harden, Anthony and Howard isn’t even enough to get to the conference finals, so another joke.

      He’s coming back, and Phil has at least two more moves in store before everyone heads off the training camp.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:31 AM

        mr wrighy, unless your saying they will have to renounce parsons to get rid of his low 2mil cap hold, then they can exceed the cap with his bird rights

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