Report: Carmelo Anthony set to sign with Rockets

NBA.com Global on Jul 24, 2018 08:32 AM
Report: Carmelo Anthony set to sign with Rockets
FILE - DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 9: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots a free throw against the Denver Nuggets on November 9, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Bart Young, NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA.com staff report

The Houston Rockets have long been the rumored destination for Carmelo Anthony this summer and it appears that move may be officially consummated before too long.

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Anthony will join the Rockets once he officially becomes a free agent. However, it may take a while for Anthony reach that status because the reported three-team trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers has yet to even take place. Anthony is expected to be released by the Hawks once the trade becomes official.

The deal sends guard Dennis Schroder from the Hawks, which drafted him 17th overall in 2013 and who has been Atlanta’s incumbent starter the last two seasons, to the Thunder for Anthony and a Lottery-protected (1-14) 2022 first-round pick. In addition, forward/center Mike Muscala was re-routed from Atlanta to Philadelphia through Oklahoma City, which will receive former first-rounder Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from Philly. The 76ers will send third-year wing Justin Anderson to Atlanta to complete the deal.

Here's more from Stein on Anthony's next move and how another trade the Sixers are eyeing may happen first:

Carmelo Anthony is planning to sign with the Houston Rockets upon clearing waivers in coming days, according to two people with knowledge of his plans.

Anthony is unlikely to become a free agent before next week at the earliest because his pending trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks could take several days before it is officially completed, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the trade publicly.

But the three-way deal that also features the Philadelphia 76ers has been agreed to and is lined up to be executed after Philadelphia makes another roster move. The sharpshooter Kyle Korver of the Cleveland Cavaliers is among the players Philadelphia is known to be pursuing via trade before completing the three-way deal with Oklahoma City and Atlanta.

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The Hawks have pledged to release Anthony once the trade is complete, according to the people, which will allow him to earn next season’s scheduled $27.9 million salary — as stipulated by the original five-year contract he signed with the Knicks in the summer of 2014 — and then sign with Houston upon clearing waivers. He is expected to receive a one-year deal from the Rockets at the league’s veteran minimum salary of $2.4 million.

Rockets star James Harden and GM Daryl Morey recently expressed confidence that the team would add Anthony sometime this summer.

The 34-year-old Anthony had been the headliner his entire career -- he’s 19th in NBA history with 25,417 points -- but he was more of a catch-and-shoot scorer last season instead of the isolation specialist he had always been. He averaged 16.2 points per game, but struggled at times in his new role. His playing time dwindled in the playoffs and he wasn’t happy. In Game 6 of the first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz that ended Oklahoma City’s season, he played fewer minutes than backup Jerami Grant.

After the season, he said he prefers to play with the ball in his hands more and said coming off the bench is “out of the question.”

“So it’s something I really have to think about, if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball,” he said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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