NBA Free Agency Day 2: Carmelo Anthony Gets Wined and Dined
Rockets Free Agent-Palooza 2014 continued on Wednesday with a little controversy, some good food, and a lot of Melo.
Photo by Keith Allison The star of Rockets Free Agent-Palooza?
In a visit that may ultimately be most remembered for pissing off one of the players currently (for now) on their roster, the Rockets wined, dined, and wooed Carmelo Anthony, making every effort to show him that the quickest avenue to winning an NBA title (which he, like seemingly every other player in the world, has said is his biggest priority) is right here in our fair Bayou City.
How much of the presentation stuck? That remains to be seen. Here's the latest on Melo and the other free agents that directly and indirectly impact the Rockets' future:
CARMELO ANTHONY, New York Knicks
So, here's the abridged version of where this whole thing stands. Melo went to Chicago and test drove Derrick Rose's knee. Melo came here and test drove Jeremy Lin's jersey.
Melo went to Dallas and hopefully was courted via cheese ball cartoon. Today, Melo will be in Los Angeles where Kobe Bryant will lie to him about how good his knees feel. And in the end, everyone in New York seems to think Carmelo is re-signing with the Knicks anyway, so this is all one big circle jerk.
If Carmelo doesn't come here, I'm going to blame Mark Berman from FOX 26 for getting all up in Melo's business on the way out of Americas yesterday:
KYLE LOWRY, Toronto Raptors
Word came out Wednesday afternoon that Lowry was going to take a few days to mull over a four year offer from his current team, with the thinking being that he badly wanted a fifth year. Then, at around 10:00 p.m. came this:
Sources: Kyle Lowry reaches agreement on a four-year, $48M deal with Toronto. http://t.co/oF4O0LJA6L— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2014
Well, I guess he didn't need that fifth year all that badly. So that's that. I guess the good news is the Heat didn't land Lowry, and that's one less free agent who could upgrade that roster. Which brings me to....
LEBRON JAMES, Miami Heat
CHRIS BOSH, Miami Heat
The thought all along with the Big Three in Miami is that it was just a matter of crunching the numbers to arrive at an acceptable mathematical and fiscal conclusion, which is code for "figuring out how much Wade and Bosh would need to sacrifice to allow LeBron to get a max deal." Most fans around the NBA (outside of Miami) had moved on to other names to upgrade their roster.
Then today came this: