Report: Rockets may trade Harden, trying to acquire ‘Melo and LeBron

The Rockets reportedly are willing to part with James Harden (13) as part of a plan to acquire both Carmelo Anthony (7) and LeBron James.

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Dwight Howard could be getting more help in Houston.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Rockets are open to dealing James Harden to either the Knicks or Heat, which would be part of a plan to acquire both Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Heat star LeBron James and pair them together.

The Rockets reportedly already traded center Omer Asik to the Pelicans, and Broussard reports they are confident they can also deal point guard Jeremy Lin. Those two moves would create enough salary cap space for Houston to sign either James or Anthony in free agency.

The Rockets’ plan is then to execute a sign-and-trade for whichever of those two players is unsigned. Broussard reports that both the Knicks and Heat would be open to taking Harden in a sign-and-trade.

Miami has been rumored as an attractive destination for Anthony to play alongside his close friend James, but the report says it’s more likely to happen in Houston.