Heat expect Anthony to sign with Rockets

The Miami Heat are expecting Carmelo Anthony to sign with the Houston Rockets once he’s waived by the Atlanta Hawks, according to a report from Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.

The Heat had some interest in Anthony and met with him in Las Vegas. The role and money Anthony was looking for wasn’t a fit for the team, per the report.

Anthony 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. Chris Paul has been advocating the Rockets to sign Anthony.

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.