The Houston Rockets are expected to make an all-out push for LeBron James according to Howard Beck (Bleacher Report). Of course it all depends on whether or not James opts out of his contract with the Miami Heat. Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh (same situation as James) are also expected to be top targets for the Rockets.
Do the Rockets have a legitamate shot at landing the NBA’s best player? Beck thinks so:
The competition for James’ affection will be fierce, but Houston’s pitch may be tough to beat.
The Rockets already have the league’s best guard-center tandem (Harden-Howard), solid young role players (Chandler Parsons [who is set to become a restricted free agent], Patrick Beverly, Terrence Jones) and an owner (Les Alexander) who is willing to spend. Houston also has all of its first-round picks for the next couple of years as well as a knack for finding talent late in the draft.
Like Florida, Texas has no state income tax, negating Miami’s advantage on that front and giving the Rockets a big selling point in their pursuit of Anthony. (A player pays about 10 percent more in taxes in New York than in Texas.)
We all know how the Rockets can clear their cap problems. Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik will both have to be traded and the Rockets would also have to deal some other parts (Donatas Motiejunas, Isaiah Canaan, and/or others).
Adding James to a lineup of Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, and Dwight Howard would vault them to the top of the NBA and is superior to the lineup that James joined four years ago in Miami. Anthony or Bosh would also push the Rockets to the top of the West if they chose to make Houston their home.
All other 29 teams will be fighting for James’ services as well. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Lakers will all pitch different points to try and sway James to coming to their city, but Houston may have the best pitch; winning.
Beck is just another of the several national reporters that have mentioned Houston as one of the top possibilities for LeBron James. James has until June 30th to make his decision on his future. I can’t wait and I know Daryl Morey can’t wait.
In Morey We Trust