Report: Rockets unquestioned frontrunner for Anthony

Carmelo Anthony will sign a one-year deal with Houston.

A timetable for how quickly Carmelo Anthony can secure his exit from the Oklahoma City Thunder via a trade or buyout is not clear yet, but the Houston Rockets are the unquestioned frontrunner for the veteran scorer, according to New York Times reporter Marc Stein.

Anthony met with Rockets and Miami Heat officials in Las Vegas over the past couple of days. Houston has lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah A Moute in free agency, so they can offer Anthony a starting spot, something the Heat can’t.

Chris Paul has been advocating the Rockets to sign his pal Anthony, who is coming off a disappointing season with the Thunder. 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.

Rockets head coach Mike DAntoni, who coached Anthony with the New York Knicks, was part of the Houston contingent which met with Anthony in Las Vegas. D’Antoni and Anthony are on good terms again and D’Antoni welcomes the idea of coaching Anthony, according to ESPN.

The New York Times is also reporting the Los Angeles Lakers’ interest in Anthony is overstated


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