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Houston Rockets Plan on Making Big Push for LeBron James


The Houston Rockets are as aggressive as any team in the NBA when it comes to pursuing big time free agents, and if LeBron James opts out of his deal with Miami, there won’t be a bigger name in the market this summer.

Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck is reporting that the Rockets are ready to go all-out for King James if he’s available.

League sources say that Houston is preparing to make an all-out push to land James when free agency opens on July 1, assuming James opts out, as expected. If the Rockets miss out on James, they will turn their full attention to Carmelo Anthony. Chris Bosh is also on the radar.

There are rumblings that James will start weighing his options this weekend. One rival executive pegged his chances of leaving Miami at 40 percent.

The competition for James’ affection will be fierce, but Houston’s pitch may be tough to beat.

The Rockets already have the league’s best guard-center tandem (Harden-Howard), solid young role players (Chandler Parsons (who is set to become a restricted free agent), Patrick Beverley, Terrence Jones) and an owner (Les Alexander) who is willing to spend. Houston also has all of its first-round picks for the next couple of years as well as a knack for finding talent late in the draft.

Money seems like the only issue, but the Rockets would be able to clear up more than $19-million in salary cap space by moving the likes of Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, Donatas Motiejunas and Isaiah Canaan.

At this point of his career, Harden is better than Wade and Howard is better than Bosh. Adding LeBron to this Rockets team would be a scary thought for the rest of the league.

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