After significant speculation, Carmelo Anthony is on his way to the Houston Rockets. The veteran forward officially cleared waivers following a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks, thus making him eligible to sign with any other team.
According to ESPN, Anthony will sign a 1-year, $2.4 million deal to join Houston, where he will presumably start next to Clint Capela in the frontcourt.
With the move, Anthony joins longtime friend Chris Paul.
After losing swingmen Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute via free agency, the Rockets were long believed to be the favorites for Anthony’s services. Anthony averaged 16.2 PPG in a rocky season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Following a career spent as the top option, Anthony was relegated to the third option in Oklahoma City.
Despite successful stretches with the Thunder, the team opted to move Anthony in order to save a significant amount of money under the luxury tax. A 10-time All-Star, the 34-year-old Anthony heads to the team that boasted the NBA’s best record a season ago. The 65-win Rockets came within one game of journeying to the NBA Finals.
Houston fell to the Golden State Warriors in seven games, although the series was marred by Paul’s hamstring injury. Anthony’s presence gives head coach Mike D’Antoni another capable scorer.
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