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Most across the NBA landscape expect Carmelo Anthony to wind up signing with the Houston Rockets once he is bought out by the Atlanta Hawks after a reported three-team trade is completed.
In the deal, the Thunder are trading Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick to the Hawks for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala. Muscala is being sent to the Sixers. Philadelphia is sending forward Justin Anderson to the Hawks and shooting guard Timothe Luwawu–Cabarrot to the Thunder.
Anthony will be waived by the Hawks, allowing him to sign with Houston.
James Harden, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, spoke Friday and discussed why he would be excited to have Anthony join him on the Rockets.
James Harden says he hasn’t been in touch with Carmelo Anthony but says he’d be a great acquisition for the Rockets. “He’s a proven vet. He wants to win at this point.” pic.twitter.com/Y3eoJx929K
— Matt Young (@Chron_MattYoung) July 20, 2018
“He’d be a great acquisition for us,” Harden said. “He’s a proven vet, he wants to win at this point. With our roster we have now, we have good guys coming back. We need to keep making forward progress.”
With the Rockets, who pushed eventual NBA champion Golden State to a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals, having lost wing players Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency, they could use some help there.
Anthony would give Houston a legitimate third scorer behind Harden and Chris Paul.