VIDEO: Carmelo Anthony is a 'great person', says Rockets' Dwight Howard

Carmelo Anthony

NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony visited the Houston Rockets on Wednesday at the Toyota Center.

Carmelo Anthony continues to make his rounds in NBA free agency, but Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard says that whichever team the small forward chooses to play for he is still a "great person".

Anthony visited the Toyota Center in Houston on Wednesday where he spent six hours meeting Rockets staff and players including Howard and star shooting guard James Harden.

Howard believes Anthony would be a great fit in Houston, but said the decision lies completely in the seven-time All-Star's hands.

"Whatever he decides is going to be the right decision for him, so regardless of what happens he's a great person," Howard said. "This is his time, this is his moment to make the best decision for Carmelo, not for me, not for anybody else but Carmelo."

Anthony has stated that his priority next season is to compete for an NBA title, and Howard insists that everyone in Houston shares that goal.

"He'd be a great guy for our team. At the end of the day we all want to win a championship, that's why I came here, that's our goal and he can be a big part of that," he said.

"Getting a guy like Carmelo would give us a great opportunity to compete for championships for a long time, for at least four or five years. We'll see what happens."

If Anthony is fully focused on winning a title next season he may be leaning towards leaving the New York Knicks in free agency. The Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks all have far superior rosters, while the Lakers have the cap flexibility to bring in some more talented players.

Chicago remains the in the Anthony sweepstakes, but Houston appears to have improved its chances of landing the former scoring champion if he decides to leave New York. Houston's pitch lasted over six hours, while Anthony left Dallas after just a two-hour visit.