Speculation continues to intensify as to the future of Carmelo Anthony, with reports suggesting that the Houston Rockets are set to make a move for the New York Knicks superstar this summer.
According to an unidentified league source cited by The New York Post, the Western Conference contenders held talks with the Knicks about Anthony prior to February's trade deadline and will return for his services despite not possessing the necessary cap space.
Instead, it is suggested that the Rockets will try and engineer a sign-and-trade, with it becoming apparent that the only possible way Houston general manager Daryl Morey - who supposedly believes Anthony could be a tremendous addition to the Rockets - can get his man would be to look at dealing the contracts of former New York point guard Jeremy Lin and back-up big man Omer Asik - both due to expire.
Anthony - a perennial All-Star who was a starter for the Eastern Conference last month in New Orleans - is one of the NBA's very best scoring talents, picking up the league's scoring title in a positive season for the Knicks last time out.
However, despite his obvious importance to the franchise, doubts have persisted concerning his New York future in recent weeks with the Knicks struggling to get even close to a playoff berth and the former Syracuse star able to opt-out of his contract at the end of the season.
With the Knicks - who are set to appoint legendary coach Phil Jackson in a front-office role in an obvious attempt to reverse their fortunes - sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference, you would have to assume that a switch to the high-flying Rockets could prove appealing.
Kevin McHale's crew already boast two superstars of their own in Dwight Howard and James Harden and the addition of Anthony could transform Houston from a tough playoff match-up into a genuine title contender.