Harden: Melo would help Rockets tremendously

While James Harden won't pressure the Houston Rockets to acquire Carmelo Anthony, he did give the New York Knicks forward a ringing endorsement.

Amid trade rumors that Melo could be Houston bound, Harden heaped praise on the 10-time All-Star and made it crystal clear he'd love to have him aboard.

Anthony is "one of the best players that we have in this league," Harden told ESPN's Josh Weinfuss on Friday, later adding: "If we can get him, obviously he would help our team tremendously."

The All-NBA guard insisted any transaction would be out of his hands and solely up to the front office, which recently bestowed on him the most lucrative contract extension in league history.

Related: Harden wants to play rest of career with Rockets

That said, Harden reportedly tried to pitch Melo on Houston last month while the two were in Paris for Fashion Week. The 33-year-old has one guaranteed year worth $26.2 million remaining on his contract, as well as a no-trade clause that he could be open to waiving in order to latch on with either the Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Beard noted his team is already "pretty good" after adding Melo's Banana Boat buddy Chris Paul. In fact, he thinks they're one step closer to matching the talent boasted by the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

"I think the Warriors set a standard, and I think everybody's trying to get to that standard and compete with them," he said.

The addition of Anthony would only bring the Rockets closer, in theory, though some people - including Jeff Van Gundy - question his fit on the offensively stacked roster. Propelled by the No. 2 offense, Houston finished with the third-best record in the NBA in 2016-17.

For now, trade discussions have reportedly stalled, as new Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry may want to keep the hometown hero around.

Anthony registered 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per outing last season for the Knicks.

Comments
Harden: Melo would help Rockets tremendously
  Got something to say? Leave a comment below!
RELATED NEWS
Russ with 1 second left ... money💵
"Westbrook for the win...GOT IT!" Russell Westbook nails the @TISSOT Buzzer-Beater to lift the @okcthunder to victory! #ThisIsYourTime
SUGGESTED STORIES
The Polish Hammer
The Polish Hammer drops one on @KingJames early... 😳
LeBron becomes 7th player to make 11,000 field goals for career
Congrats to @KingJames of the @cavs on becoming the 7th player in @NBAHistory to reach 11,000 FIELD GOALS MADE! #ThisIsWhyWePlay #AllForOne
Mahinmi strong to the rack
Stephen Curry drills rainbow 3-pointer to beat 1st quarter buzzer vs. Clippers
🚨 STOP IT, STEPH! 🚨
Spoiler alert: Portis finished with 38 in a 1-point Bulls loss
"I'M GETTING 40!" —Bobby Portis with 5:36 left ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Night at the office for The King
.@KingJames makes it look easy 💪
Milos Teodosic is all of us watching Steph splash
Peep The reaction from Milos
Larry Nance Takes Flight ✈️
Rodney Hood sets up Larry Nance Jr. at the rim! #AllForOne 📺: @NBAonTNT
Oh Nooooooo 🚫
.@TheRealJRSmith with the big rejection! 🚫
Lou Williams splits the defense for the @LAClippers two! #ItTakesEverything 📺: @NBAonTNT
That new-look Cavs second unit
Clarkson➡️Korver➡️Nance Jr. for the @cavs! #AllForOne WATCH on @NBAonTNT
Still flying at 41
Vinsanity still going 💪!
No-👀
Simmons feeds Embiid with the no look dime! #HereTheyCome 📺: https://t.co/2pt5MyD8rh
SEE MORE STORIES