Rumor: Houston Rockets interested in signing Carmelo Anthony

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Last summer, the Rockets tried everything to complete a trade with the Knicks for Carmelo Anthony. With the amount of money the Thunder have committed to other players on the roster, shedding the $27.9 million Anthony is owed on the final year of his contract - by trading him, stretching his contract or buying him out, as Wojnarowski notes - could save Oklahoma City as much as $100 million next season.

CITY-Carmelo Anthony will leave the Oklahoma City Thunder over the summer according to an ESPN report. "The Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are among multiple teams expected to express interest in Anthony, sources tell ESPN".

"Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, would be pursued vigorously among contenders on the free-agent market".

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The Thunder's tax situation with Anthony makes it far less justifiable to seek out a veteran contract with the $5.3 taxpayer mid-level exception, which would cost the Thunder a minimum of $25 million in tax and salary combined for one player.

The most likely result, even with a trade, is that Anthony would eventually become a free agent, making his ultimate destination and value a fascinating point of conjecture. Melo still holds trade veto power. A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday, July 6, 2018, that Anthony and the Thunder have mutually decided that he will not be on the team next season, though it remains unclear how that departure will actually happen.

Anthony averaged 16.2 points on 40 percent shooting last season, both of those being career-lows. "I think I was willing to accept that challenge in that role, but I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgeable and what I still can do as a basketball player".

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