Houston would trade almost anything not named Dwight Howard and James Harden to get at Anthony and they would go all in on a contract too. There has been talk that Houston has offered up Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in a “give away” trade that could include their draft pick in the first round or a roster player like Terrence Jones to get those salaries off the books.
Does that mean the Rockets would trade Chandler Parsons in an Anthony deal? I don’t think so.
Why would the Rockets trade away a key starter or potential trade bait (whichever way one chooses to see it) for Anthony when they simply don’t have too?
Here’s how it would work. Carmelo would tell the New York Knicks that he wants to go to Houston but wants a fifth year in his contract. New York would then say fine and agree to sign-and-trade him to Houston. At that point, all Houston has to do is simply make contracts work and there are two contracts that fit well in this deal; Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. Both are making $8.3 million (against the cap) next season and would make the trade allowed under NBA rules.
So why would Houston offer Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones, or anything of value to the Knicks? Well, they may have to add some sort of sweetener. The Knicks could theoretically refuse to take Lin and Asik if they don’t think it is worth it. I don’t think the Rockets could pawn off any player they want on the Knicks and force them to take a deal. That’s not how it works.
The Rockets and Knicks would have to come to an agreement on the swap, but it will certainly be in the favor of the Rockets. I doubt we see Parsons in the deal. He shouldn’t even be allowed to be mentioned by the Knicks. Jones? Maybe, but I think the Rockets could get away with keeping him if they so desire. The way I see it, Houston would potentially add a pick or two and maybe some bench players like Donatas Motiejunas and Jordan Hamilton and end it there. At some point New York will say yes, but it won’t involve Parsons.
This “report” comes from Steve Kyler who isn’t exactly known as one of the top NBA insiders. Of course the Rockets will be going after Carmelo Anthony, as well as Kevin Love to improve their power forward position, and will look into point guards Rajon Rondo or Deron Williams, and yes, Kyle Lowry too.
There will be many “reports” indicating Houston’s interest in top players.
Just remember Rockets fans, YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!