HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony + Trade rumors

July 2, 2014 Updates

Mark Berman: Rockets GM Daryl Morey on Toyota Center marquee w/ pictures of Carmelo Anthony wearing #7 (Jeremy Lin's #): "It's always a challenging situation during free agency. You are always having to recruit players & there might be current players at current positions, might be people with the current numbers. It's unfortunate that it's often hard to handle. Reality is it's standard practice. When we went after Chris Bosh a few years ago,we had him N Luis)Scola's number. When we went after Dwight Howard he had (Pat) Beverley's number. I get the sensitivity & I hate that it creates some hurt feelings. I don't like that, but that's obviously Carmelo Anthony's number, that's the number he wants. He told us that. Bottomline, if Carmelo comes Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin have to be traded. It's just math. It's not personal. My job is every day figure out how to win. Sometimes it creates challenging situations." Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

Carmelo Anthony was welcomed at Toyota Center in Houston on Wednesday with a billboard of him wearing a Rockets uniform. Inside the arena was a mural of Anthony holding the Larry O'Brien Trophy in a Rockets uniform with "The Key to a championship formula," written alongside him on the wall. That's all standard operating procedure for teams recruiting prized free agents. But what made this billboard interesting is that Anthony was wearing a No. 7 jersey, which currently belongs to his former Knicks teammate Jeremy Lin. And it's not just that Lin, who had his breakout moment three seasons ago with the Knicks, would need to be traded in order for Houston to add the cap space to sign Anthony. But the perception was that Anthony was partly responsible for running Lin out of town when the Knicks failed to match the contract offer Houston gave the then restricted free agent. New York Daily News

If the Chicago Bulls' dream scenario is to land Carmelo Anthony through a sign-and-trade involving Carlos Boozer, the Bulls will have to come up with another plan, according to league sources. The New York Knicks will not take back Boozer in a sign-and-trade deal, the sources said. ESPN.com

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Center Tyson Chandler is "thrilled" to be back on the Dallas Mavericks, and he intends to assist the team's attempt to recruit his former New York Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony in free agency. "Absolutely, I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team and the organization," Chandler said on a conference call with Dallas reporters a day after he was the centerpiece of a six-player trade. "At the end of the day, free agency is kind of an individual thing. And I know that I was once there and it comes down your family and what's best for you career-wise. ESPN.com

June 25, 2014 Updates

In a radio appearance, Chris Broussard reported that the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks could agree upon a sign-and-trade of Carmelo Anthony for James Harden. The Rockets could then sign LeBron James with anticipated cap space created by trading away Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in order to form a Big 3 with Anthony and Dwight Howard. RealGM

Specifically, two teams known to be in the mix for Anthony’s services this summer, Chicago and Houston, are also considering the possibility of separately pursuing Love. Anthony is expected to make a decision on his free agent destination relatively quickly. That means that, by the end of the first week of July, either the Bulls or Rockets could be left empty-handed — or both, should Anthony return to New York. Sporting News

June 24, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers have strong interest in pursuing LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony if they can clear the requisite salary cap space to make a maximum-level offer to the superstars, who have both elected to become free agents starting July 1. One player they have no interest in moving, however, is forward Blake Griffin. While the Clippers would need to move significant players and money to make a run at either James or Anthony, sources told ESPN that Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers has told Griffin on numerous occasions that he considers him "untouchable" in any trade. ESPN.com

Sources say the Rockets, meanwhile, have begun working on trade exits for center Omer Asik and point guard Jeremy Lin to clear enough space under the salary cap to make a representative offer to Anthony. The Rockets have been confident for some time, sources say, that they can not only move both players if necessary in deals that create the requisite flexibility but also rival the Bulls' sales pitch. ESPN.com

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