The Rockets didn't roll out the red carpet for free agent superstar Carmelo Anthony, but they did roll out a red jersey. Anthony arrived at Toyota Center on Wednesday morning to see a large image of himself in a Rockets uniform, even including Anthony's number 7 jersey. The only problem is that current Rockets' point guard Jeremy Lin already wears number 7. Lin is reportedly on the trading block and would definitely be moved to make salary room if the Rockets are able to sign Anthony or another big-name free agent. Lin responded by tweeting out the bible verse Luke 6:29 - "If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them."
Inside the Toyota Center, Anthony met with a contingent that included Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander, General Manager Daryl Morey, Head Coach Kevin McHale, Hall-of-Fame former Rocket Clyde Drexler, and current stars James Harden and Dwight Howard. "Whatever we can do to make our team better, I'm all in for," Howard told a group of reporters after the meeting. "I think getting a guy like Carmelo would give us a great opportunity to be competing for championships for a long time."
Still, the Rockets are only one of several teams vying for Anthony's services. He met with the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, and after leaving Houston went to Dallas to meet with the Mavericks. He is also scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers next week, and can still re-sign with the New York Knicks for the most money. Afternoon host Charlie Pallilo on the Rockets' flagship station SportsTalk 790 says the Rockets now need to sign Anthony or another big free agent to avoid an awkward situation with Lin. "The Rockets are interested in everybody...well you can be interested in everybody but you better get somebody if you're looking to take steps up," Pallilo told his radio audience. "If they can't get anybody to take their money, well then Jeremy Lin is still a Rocket."