The Houston Rockets are one of LeBron James‘ top five preferred destinations for LeBron James according to Chris Broussard (ESPN).
A lot has been made about the possibility of James teaming up with Anthony, and few teams in the league have a better chance of pulling that off than Houston.
The Rockets are confident they can trade Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to clear the cap room necessary to offer near-max dollars. While they’d like to keep Chandler Parsons, he might have to be sacrificed to move Asik and/or Lin. I’m told Golden State might be interested in trading for Lin if it can land Parsons along with him.
In any event, assuming the Rockets obtain the cap room to sign James or Anthony, the next step will be to give up their star guard James Harden in a sign-and-trade for whichever superstar (James or Anthony) they don’t sign as a free agent. Faced with the prospect of losing their superstars, both New York and Miami would be open to accepting Harden in a sign-and-trade.
A few things to take away from Broussard and his article.
Broussard doesn’t have a great reputation amongst many fans. He’s famous to Rockets fans for saying Dwight Howard was 50/50 on his decision, after Sam Amick already said that Howard chose Houston. Broussard also is known for trying to confirm news or break news hours after it has already been reported by others.
With that said, Broussard was on top of James’ decision four years ago. He seems to have a good relationship with James’ people so we have to take that into account when he talks.
Broussard mentions the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Knicks as the other four preferred destinations. I think there is no chance the Knicks or Nets get involved because they have cap problems up the wazoo.
As much as some believe the Cavaliers have a chance at James, I can’t imagine him coming to a dysfunctional organization with an owner that blasted him after leaving just four years ago. Why would James do that to himself?
That leaves Miami or Houston. Why not come to Houston to form a trio that is much younger than the one in Miami? Why not come to Houston that has much better role players around them than in Miami? Why not come to a team that won 54 games without James, whereas the Heat won just 54 games with James?
Seems like an easy choice to me!