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On tour: Free agent Carmelo Anthony visits Rockets


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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MarielNaples July 02 2014 at 7:52 PM

Lin is a class act.

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bbowens8 MarielNaples July 02 2014 at 8:55 PM

Okay can he play basketball there are plenty of class acts on the bench.

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partsautomall MarielNaples July 03 2014 at 10:53 AM

took the words out of my mouth

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iconkestrell July 02 2014 at 8:10 PM

Lin is a class act and Carmelo is a classless thug. Looks as if the Rockets organization has no class either.

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michele151515 July 02 2014 at 8:55 PM

Pretty low class move by the Rockets.

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didengila July 02 2014 at 8:51 PM

Anthony is not a motivated to play as hard or effectively on defense as he is to score points. It is not clear he is such a good team player. Mistake to unload Lin.

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RODNEY didengila July 02 2014 at 9:08 PM

lin cant guard anybody the guy is an 8 million dollar bench player who had 8 good games in nyc get over it people

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pty014372 RODNEY July 03 2014 at 10:44 AM

Exactly. That contract is horrible.

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CURT E. July 02 2014 at 9:01 PM

Wow that was disrespectful. Smh.

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exitscreaming July 02 2014 at 9:33 PM

Carsmello isn't going anywhere...he's gonna stay in NY and continue to lose while putting up stats that mean nothing...Houston is classless so that actually would have been a good place for him

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bbowens8 July 02 2014 at 9:01 PM

Houston Rocket fans need to shut the hell up and quit being the damn bigots that they are. This is basketball and you need the best to win.

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joelatuna99 July 02 2014 at 8:45 PM

what else is new? Carmelo didn't want to play with lin in new York so he was traded to Houston. This is a fact Carmelo Anthony isn't gonna lead any team to a championship.

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forrestpower joelatuna99 July 03 2014 at 12:20 AM

Do you have a source that ESPN does not have? Last I heard Melo was still a Knick's player.

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Good Day Mate ! July 02 2014 at 9:45 PM

so they put up a casino billboard with a current players number...? i'd say stick it rockets....low class or maybe none at all

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clwgeorgetownlaw July 02 2014 at 9:09 PM

What an overpaid whiner -- Yes, it is in the bible: Thou shall not wear another man's jersey number.....

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