On tour: Free agent Carmelo Anthony visits Rockets

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On tour: Free agent Carmelo Anthony visits Rockets
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PORTLAND, OR - MAY 2: Jeremy Lin #7 of the Houston Rockets stands on the court during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2014 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives against Jeremy Lin #7 of the Houston Rockets during a game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 14, 2013. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 21: Carmelo Anthony #7 and Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks on the court against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 21, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Carmelo Anthony #7 and Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks look on against the Atlanta Hawks on February 22, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Hawks 99-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Carmelo Anthony #7 and Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks in action against the New Jersey Nets on February 20, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Nets defeated the Knicks 100-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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BY KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP SPORTS WRITER

HOUSTON (AP) -- Prized free agent Carmelo Anthony visited Houston on Wednesday and was greeted with images of him in two Rockets uniforms.

A day after visiting the Bulls, the New York Knicks' star continued his tour in Houston. A video board outside the Toyota Center depicted one image of Anthony in Houston's white uniform with red lettering and another in a retro red and yellow uniform. Between the pictures was Anthony's logo with the word `Melo' in it.

He was wearing his No. 7 in both renderings, despite the fact that current Rocket Jeremy Lin wears that number. The Rockets would likely have to unload the point guard to snag Anthony.

Lin responded to the snub on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon with a bible verse. He tweeted the 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."

He later tweeted a much stronger response to the jersey pictures.

"Im entitled to standup for myself/say i felt disrespected as i did thru tweet but point is love unconditionally/as jesus loved me," Lin tweeted.

Houston got the biggest prize in free agency last offseason when it signed Dwight Howard away from the Lakers, with designs on making a deep run in the playoffs this year. But the Rockets were bounced from the postseason in the first round just as they were the year before. So they started looking for more upgrades to the roster.

They made the first move to free up money for adding players by agreeing to a trade that will send center Omer Asik and cash considerations to the New Orleans Pelicans for a protected future first-round draft pick.

Lin is set to make more than $8 million next season in the final year of a three-year contract. That's a steep price for a backup after he was relegated to the bench last season because of solid play by Patrick Beverley and started just 33 games.

The 30-year-old Anthony would add another proven score to a team that features Howard and Harden. Anthony averaged 25.2 points last season with the Knicks, which was second in the NBA to Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. Harden was fifth in the league with a 24.3 average, but the team struggled in its playoff series against the Trail Blazers while focused on shutting him down.

Anthony is expected to meet with the Mavericks and the Lakers before sitting down with the Knicks.

The Rockets would not provide details about Anthony's meeting Wednesday.

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