Melo previously linked with switch to Chicago.
The Houston Rockets have reportedly emerged as a potential landing spot for New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony as he prepares for free agency this summer.
The 29-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation already this season ahead of his decision in the summer, with the Chicago Bulls appearing to be the most likely destination should he decide to leave New York.
While the Knicks undoubtedly have the advantage in terms of being able to offer him a longer contract worth more money, the question has been raised over whether or not they are able to build a competitive roster around Anthony with which they can win a championship.
Anthony has previously hinted that he would take a pay cut in order to help the franchise make that happen, but reports have emerged that he is possibly considering a move elsewhere too.
However, according to NBA.com, the Rockets could also make a push for him in free agency, even though they probably won’t have the cap space and would therefore have to orchestrate a creative sign-and-trade deal.
With the suggestion that president Darly Morey likes the idea of a ‘Big Three’ along with James Harden and Dwight Howard, they would have to dispense with the contracts of Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik at the very least to make the move happen.
Nevertheless, ultimately the decision will come down to Anthony who will first decide on whether or not there is a blueprint for success in New York as he conceded this week that Phil Jackson’s expected arrival will not sway his decision.
With the Bulls still appearing to be the most realistic option were he to leave New York, Houston will be hoping to edge them out as the report suggests they were already in contact with the Knicks prior to the trade deadline in February.