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Broussard: Knicks open to Harden-for-Melo

6/25/2014

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony would like to play together.

If LeBron and Melo end up in Houston, James Harden could end up on the Knicks, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports in his Insider piece on LeBron’s preferred destinations.

Here’s how it would work:

Houston is one of the five teams on LeBron’s list of preferred destinations.

If the Rockets cleared enough cap space to sign James by trading Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, they would then try to execute a sign-and-trade with the Knicks for Anthony. Broussard reports that Harden would be a part of such a transaction. And the Knicks would be open to accepting Harden.

Writes Broussard:

"A lot has been made about the possibility of James teaming up with Anthony, and few teams in the league have a better chance of pulling that off than Houston.

"The Rockets are confident they can trade Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to clear the cap room necessary to offer near-max dollars. ... Assuming the Rockets obtain the cap room to sign James or Anthony, the next step will be to give up their star guard James Harden in a sign-and-trade for whichever superstar (James or Anthony) they don't sign as a free agent.

"Faced with the prospect of losing their superstars, both New York and Miami would be open to accepting Harden in a sign-and-trade."

Question: His defensive issues aside, do you think Harden could thrive in New York in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense?

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