Anthony will sign with Rockets for vet minimum

Carmelo Anthony is excited to play with Chris Paul and James Harden.

Once he is waived by the Atlanta Hawks, Carmelo Anthony will sign with the Houston Rockets, according to a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Anthony will sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets.

The three-team trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Hawks is not expected to be completed in the coming days, as the Sixers are reportedly working on another move.

In the three-team trade, the Thunder are trading Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick to the Hawks for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala.

Muscala, however, is being sent to the Sixers. Philadelphia is sending forward Justin Anderson to the Hawks and shooting guard Timothe LuwawuCabarrot to the Thunder.

Anthony will get his entire $27.9 million in the buyout and waiver with Atlanta. By trading Anthony, the Thunder are saving $73 million this season and their projected luxury tax bill will drop from $150 million to $88.8 million.

Chris Paul has been advocating the Rockets to sign his pal Anthony, who met with Houston officials in Las Vegas. Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game during the regular season with OKC and shot only 40.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.

Anthony, 34, has been telling people for more than a week that he’ll ultimately wind up with the Rockets, according to a report from David Aldridge of NBA.com.