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James Harden: It’s up to Rockets’ brass to acquire Carmelo Anthony

James Harden, Carmelo Anthony

Despite the New York Knicks putting a hold on talks with the Houston Rockets about a potential Carmelo Anthony multi-team trade, MVP runner-up James Harden still holds out hope that the team’s front office can net his services the same way it lured dime wizard Chris Paul to Houston.

The Beard was utterly complimentary of the 6-foot-8 forward, calling him “one of the best players that we have in this league” during a break from one of his basketball camps.

“I let the front office deal with that,” Harden told ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss. “If we can get him, obviously he would help our team tremendously. What we have right now in our locker room is pretty good.”

Talks between the Rockets and the Knicks hit a halt as New York pulled the trigger and snatched former Sacramento Kings Vice President Scott Perry for their general manager vacancy, signing him to a five-year deal with the organization.

Perry was believed to have been of the opinion that a possible incorporation of Anthony in the Knicks’ system can be achieved, and the star forward was taken off the trading block shortly after — even before Perry’s hire was announced.

Harden wasn’t sweating this situation, putting his hands up like most people in the NBA have during this free agency frenzy.

“That’s out of my hands,” Harden said. “I go out there and put the basketball in the hoop and handle my business.”