Carmelo Anthony tried really hard to avoid the Houston media tonight, avoiding his locker and going as far as to say he didn’t have time to speak. Per Clutchfans, however, he did find a little time to talk as he was leaving.
"It would be interesting, that’s all I can say," said Anthony. "The Rockets are a good team, they’re an up and coming team right now. They miss Yao. They’re a play-hard team. I’m pretty sure anybody would like to play for that team. Now don’t take that the wrong… don’t spin that tonight."
That’s hardly an admission of wanting to play for the Rockets, but to his credit, Anthony has been very diplomatic in public about the whole process. Should the Rockets somehow manage to trade for him, he’d have little choice but to don the uniform for a half-season. With the possibility of a long NBA lockout in place that will likely knock salaries down for the players, Anthony would be foolish to pass up on a long-term extension should he be acquired by any team. Including the Rockets.
So the drama will go on for the next 10 days, until Feb. 24th at 2 p.m. ET. The Rockets are still very much dark horses for Anthony’s services, but they also aren’t out of it yet.
You can watch the whole interview on video at the Clutchfans link above.