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

Heather Diaz
July 11, 2018

If Anthony does become a free agent, the Rockets won't be the only team interested in his services.

They've already lost two of their top eight scorers, including a starter in Ariza, so they can't be choosy over who they sign if they want to improve upon their team-record 65 victories last season.

Despite a poor year in Oklahoma City, during which the four-time Olympic gold medallist nearly became unplayable during the Thunder's miserable first-round playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, there are no shortage of teams reportedly interested in acquiring him. Wojnarowski added Carmelo is "determined" to sign with Houston once he hits free agency. ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported Paul and head coach Mike D'Antoni talked with Anthony's camp over the weekend.

Reports surfaced on July 6 that the Thunder were looking to move Anthony.

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Melo could rewrite history with the Rockets, as he could be the piece they need to finally topple the Warriors and he could, at last, get the chance to win that championship ring that has eluded him for so long. Fortunately, Anthony won't command anywhere near the $27.9 million that OKC will owe him next season.

If Anthony signed with Miami, he would be eligible to receive the $2.4 million veteran's minimum, the $3.4 million biannual exception or the $5.3 million taxypayer midlevel exception.

The 10-time All-Star averaged 16.2 points on 40.4-percent shooting. Wade also remains a possibility for that exception if he chooses to play.

Worryingly, his presence on the court saw the Thunder's team plus/minus rating slide to negative 14.3 during the playoffs.

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