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Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 11:45 am  |  27 responses

Rockets Think They Have a Shot at Carmelo Anthony

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

When Mikhail Prokhorov said “nyet!” to continuing the Carmelo Anthony chase earlier this week, it was music to a lot of NBA front-office executives’ ears. One man who was particularly happy with the news was Daryl Morey, the GM of the Houston Rockets.

Ever since it became clear that Anthony’s days in Denver were numbered, the Rockets have long been considered the dark horse to acquire him. According to Morey, though, it wouldn’t be wise to count them out.

Daryl joined KILT in Houston to discuss the ‘Melo man, and SRI captured the understandably hesitant quotes:

If the New Jersey Nets bowing out of the race to get Carmelo Anthony changed anything for the Rockets: “It was interesting how that whole recent episode, how it turned out. I do think that puts us into the game there a little bit … We’re always trying to upgrade the team and I think [that] worked in our favor a little bit.”

On how much conversing takes place with teams right now even though the trade deadline isn’t until next month: “There’s tons of trade talk. Usually the deals that are done by the deadline are usually starting to be talked about now. Just the nature of the NBA, we have it very good with Mr. Alexander in terms of having one owner who’s willing to spend money, who’s willing to do anything for the franchise. Other teams, they have multiple owners and often multiple decision-makers besides the owners so it’s hard to get things done unless they’re talked about for a while.”

It’s widely believed that the New York Knicks are the leading candidate to land ‘Melo — be it prior to the trade deadline, or through free agency — but Houston does have a ton of assets with which they could create a compelling trade proposal.

Daryl Morey knows he needs a superstar in Houston in order to bring the Rockets back to respectability, to say nothing of the Playoffs. Considered one of the best GMs in the biz, here’s his chance to truly prove it.

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  • http://yahoo.com The Ambassador

    Do they want Melo to sign a three year extension with the Rockets because if they do then I wish the best of Luck!

  • Paul

    If they get him I may start paying attention to the Rockets again and going to games. And can somebody out there get us some new uniforms? They have the worse jerseys they look like practice jerseys.

  • jay rose

    good luck rockets!

  • Clos1881

    They got a better chance of getting Yao to play 82 games.

  • slamfan4life

    BULLS ARE GETTING MELOOOOOOOOO…………*Iwish…….

    Why would they “rent” melo, waste of players!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Just like they thought they had a shot at Bosh…

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Paul. Don’t knock what you’ve got. I bitched about the lowly Griz when I had them and about the Sonics slump after Payton but now I’ve lost them both and have to drive 6 hours to see a game.

  • 1982

    The days of great players going to barely competitive teams for a fatter paycheck and a shot at being the entire offense ended when the Heatles showed up on stage dancing to their own hoopla. It’s almost the same effect Iverson had on tattoos and cornrows and compression sleeves. NBA, where Winning Now! happens, unless you don’t have a center.

  • Mr McOvaChicken to you

    Who cares.

  • Mr McOvaChicken to you

    NBA where 1982 happened N its extinct.

  • T-Money

    Why do you need a superstar when you have advanced stats?? Shane Battier rulez.

  • Phil Hilliard

    Big mistake to get Melo unless we want to look like the Nuggets. I LOVE our team, the character of the players, their great upside potentail. Besides, Melo will never be happy in Houston. This will end up being a disaster if you trade as many of our “assets” as it will take to get him.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Co-sign Phil.

  • Kyle

    Mark my words..Melo is staying in Denver

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^Kyle..
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…etc..!!!!
    ha sorry bro but you crack me up haha! melo stay in denver? haha wow haha funny sh*t lol

  • float_world

    I cannot see Melo landing in Houston. Dallas…? Maybe. Cuban could has assets; if Denver was willing couldn’t that be a viable destination? G-State owner says he wants another superstar also.
    Unless Melo leaves over the summer, I just can’t see Denver trading him to NY and not getting the best package back in return. NY just doesn’t have the pieces.

  • ab40

    no yao no chance

  • Johnny Rotten

    ^Float_world: Although Dallas is a possibility, Houston has more assets. They have Yao’s huge expiring deal, Jeffrie’s and Battier’s are also expiring, they have lots od draft picks and also numerous young players with upsode, including Aaron brooks, Budinger, Patterson, etc.

  • TheBarberShop

    Melo just isnt worth giving up so much of what we would have to give up.. especially since i doubt that he would sign an extension..

  • Jerry Bradford

    Go get him!

  • http://twincityslim@yahoo.com Jahi

    I always thought that Chris Bosh would have been a good fit for the Houston Rockets, and until the last minute believed he’d sign with them. Obviously, I was very wrong, but adding Carmelo Anthony would be a coup, as they have a fiesty team that has done more with less than most franchises. At the same time, it seems more than likely that the NY Knicks are going to find the leverage to bring Carmelo to the Knicks, but to spite Anthony they may ship him to Minnesota.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    I really like Houston’s team at the moment. But I know there’s just no way we’re getting past the first round.
    We have scrappers and hustlers, but no ‘killers’, who can just destroy teams. Brooks and Martin can get 20+, so can Scola. But they aren’t even 2nd tier stars. It’s a “first round and out” team at best, as it’s currently structured.

  • Justin

    This ‘Melo talk has really gotten boring. He’s going to New York, and no not in a trade. He’s going to finish the year in Denver than New York will sign him, thereby losing nothing to get him. Can we PLEASE move on to some other story now?

  • Shem

    If they can get Melo to sign a contract go get him, if not.. you’ll set your team back a year or two.

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  • http://theslam zach johnson

    I THINK THE HOUSTON ROCKETS SHOULD WORK THERE BUTS OFF TO TRY TO GET CARMELO ANTHONY ON TO THE TEAM BUT THEY DONT DO ANY THING AT ALL WHEN YAO DOES NOT EVEN DO WORTH A DAMN BECAUSE OF HIS FOOT!

  • http://theslam zach johnson

    DO THE HOUSTON ROCKETS EVEN TRY TO GET MAYBE RAY ALLEN IN A TRADE?

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