The Houston Rockets Are Reportedly ‘Determined’ To Get Carmelo Anthony

Posted July 11, 2018

Those teams are both over the salary cap and will likely wait for Anthony to be traded to another team, then waived, so he can then be signed to the veteran's minimum or the $5.3 million taxpayer mid-level exception. Thus, Anthony's one-year, $27.9 million expiring contract could be enticing for a team looking to part with long-term contracts, even if the team can't fully carve out $27.9 million in space. On Monday, they watched as Luc Richard Mbah A Moute left for a return to the Clippers on a one-year, $4.3 million deal, losing one of their more versatile forwards and a strong defensive presence off the bench.

There is no timetable for when Anthony will be made available, but it seems clear that once he is available, the Heat will be one of the teams strongly pursuing him. Wade also remains a possibility for that exception if he chooses to play.

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The Rockets also have similar vehicles to sign Anthony. He averaged 12.1 points and 22.7 minutes during his 41 games with the Rockets. The Los Angeles Lakers are locked in as the second choice at +350, while the Miami Heat rank third at +500.

Unfortunately for Anthony, that Big Three didn't work out; things just didn't really click between the three and the Thunder were eliminated in six games by the upstart Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. He is coming off of a career season, where he averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.

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Anthony is a natural small forward but at this stage of his career would be vulnerable defensively against some small forwards, though James Johnson could pick up some of those assignments if Anthony were to be paired with Whiteside and Johnson at times.

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