Veteran Star Expected to Sign with Rockets Once Clearing Waivers
It looks like Carmelo Anthony is going to be a Houston Rocket.
According to the New York Times, the 15-year veteran is set to sign a 1-year, $2.4 million deal with Houston once he clears waivers.
Last week, the Thunder were able to offload Anthony’s $27.9 salary, sending him to Atlanta in 3-team trade that also saw point guard Dennis Schroder heading to Oklahoma City. The Hawks are expected to waive Anthony, clearing the way for him to sign with the Rockets for the veteran minimum.
In Houston, the 10-time all-star would be reunited with Mike D’Antoni, his coach in New York from 2010-2012. With the Rockets losing small forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute to free agency, the team is in need of a replacement on the wing, necessitating the acquisition of Anthony.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not Anthony, a player who has previously said that he prefers the ball to be in his hands, can fit into a Houston system based on ball movement. The longtime star made an uneven transition into becoming more of a spot-up shooter last season, averaging career lows in PPG (16.2) and FG (40%).