Harden, Rockets GM Morey confident in landing Melo

NBA.com Global on Jul 23, 2018 09:26 PM
Harden, Rockets GM Morey confident in landing Melo
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 20: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets goes to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 20, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Houston Rockets feel confident that they will land 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to be bought out by the Atlanta Hawks after being traded there by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Speaking at separate functions, Kia NBA Most Valuable Award winner James Harden and general manager Daryl Morey believes Anthony would be a good addition to a team that was one win away from the NBA Finals.

According to For The Win, during a Q&A session with fans on Instagram for his team’s esports organization, Clutch Gaming, Morey was asked, “So we for sure getting Carmelo Anthony?”

Morey responds, “In the mix.”

When asked, “Does Daryl still have something up his sleeve?”

Morey shot back a “Yes”.

Meanwhile, according to the Houston Chronicle, Harden said at an event in Houston that he believes getting Anthony would benefit a team.

"It would be a great acquisition for us," said Harden, who did run into Anthony at Paris Fashion Week last month when Harden was making the rounds with teammate P.J. Tucker. "Melo's a proven vet. He just wants to win at this point, so it would be great for him to be on our team. The current roster we have now, we've got good guys back and we keep making forward progress."

Harden also responded to changes on the team, as it lost key defensive players in Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency. In their place, the Rockets signed former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and forward James Ennis.

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