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Carmelo Anthony has been telling people for more than a week that he’ll ultimately wind up with the Houston Rockets, according to a report from David Aldridge of NBA.com.
Anthony was traded to the Atlanta Hawks Thursday by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Hawks will waive Anthony, allowing him to sign with the Rockets.
It should surprise no one that @carmeloanthony has been telling people for more than a week that he’ll ultimately wind up with the Rockets, per league source.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) July 19, 2018
Chris Paul has been advocating the Rockets to sign Anthony, who met with Houston officials in Las Vegas.
Anthony’s lone season in OKC was a huge disappointment. The veteran scorer averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game during the regular season and shot only 40.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.
The playoffs were an even bigger struggle for Anthony. In the six-game series loss to the Utah Jazz, Anthony averaged 11.8 points while shooting a woeful 37.5 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Thunder had an offensive rating of 98.6 when Anthony was on the court compared to 116.8 when he was on the bench.
The Rockets can offer Anthony a starting spot after losing Trevor Ariza in free agency.