Carmelo Anthony to Rockets? Juicy Summer League sighting blows race wide open

11 July, 2018, 09:43 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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The Houston Rockets see Carmelo Anthony of the Oklahoma City Thunder as the ideal replacement for the now-departed Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

While Anthony is now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it appears that he will become available this summer either by trade, stretch provision, or a combination of a contract buyout and stretch.

The 10-time All-Star shot 35.7 per cent on three-pointers a year ago, failing to increase his efficiency from the previous season, 34.7 per cent, despite playing alongside Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

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The Houston Rockets re-signed free-agent swingman Gerald Green to a one-year, $2.4 million contract.

There have been several reports of what exactly the Rockets have been offering Capela, with the most recent $85 million rumor coming from the Houston Chronicle, who cited sources with knowledge of the situation. Led by their two superstars, James Harden and Chris Paul, along with a solid supporting cast featuring Clint Capela and P.J. Tucker, the Rockets won an NBA-leading 65 games. The 31-year-old forward played in 61 regular season games, averaging 7.5 points and at least one steal a game. Between him and Trevor Ariza, the Rockets have lost two small forwards and two of their best defenders to free agency.

Worryingly, his presence on the court saw the Thunder's team plus/minus rating slide to negative 14.3 during the playoffs. It could deliver the team over $100 million in cost savings. He may be even more motivated to do that if reaches a buyout agreement with the Thunder.

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