Rockets targeting Anthony after losing Mbah a Moute

Florence Fletcher
July 11, 2018

A league source confirmed the meeting.

He tweeted: "Carmelo Anthony's business manager, Bay Frazier, spent much of the first half of the Rockets-Warriors summer league game here in Vegas tonight sitting with a HOU contingent of Mike D'Antoni, Chris Paul, Tillman Fertitta and John Lucas II". They already lost key contributors Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency.

Houston is "determined to sign Carmelo Anthony once he becomes free in OKC", Wojnarowski tweeted Monday. A team source confirmed that the Heat is intrigued, believing he can still help a Heat offense that tied for 23rd in the National Basketball Association in scoring at 103.4 points per game.

Anthony and the Thunder are working towards a buyout though he could also be traded and waived thereafter.

Anthony opted into his $27.9 million contract for the 2018-19 season with the Thunder, but he's unlikely to stay due to the fact his scaled-back role with the team right now isn't what he wants.

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Difference now is that more people are noticing his contributions, hence the interest from the big six. So, the hospital chose to make his dream come true.

The Heat can surpass the tax to re-sign Wayne Ellington without using any of those vehicles to sign players.

And 33-year-old Paul, who signed a lucrative four-year $160m extension with the Rockets this summer, is believed to be pressing general manger Daryl Morey to chase Anthony's signature. The Lakers also have been mentioned as a possibility but reportedly have not met with Anthony. Despite his defensive limitations, Anthony shot 37.2 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in his lone season with the Thunder, and made a career-high 169 3-pointers.

The deal is for one year, $4.3 million.

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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