The Rockets are going all-in on unusual Carmelo Anthony plan

Mae Harvey
July 11, 2018

Earlier Tuesday, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Thunder have granted Anthony permission to speak with prospective suitors since it appears "inevitable" he will not be with the team next season.

Though still a member of the Thunder, Anthony and the team are reportedly working together on parting ways, whether through trade, a buyout or waiving via the stretch provision.

Anthony met with officials from the Heat and Houston Rockets at the National Basketball Association summer league in Las Vegas, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Rockets, led by NBA Most Valuable Player and scoring leader James Harden and backcourt partner Chris Paul, advanced within one win of the NBA Finals last season before losing to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

The moves add to uncertainty for the Rockets around Swiss free agent center Clint Capela, who has not agreed to a new deal.

Thus far, Anthony has met with the Rockets and Heat. Wade also remains a possibility for that exception if he chooses to play. The Miami Heat are also in the Melo sweepstakes. He averaged just 11.8 points and shot 37.5 percent from the field for the Thunder in its first-round playoff loss to Utah. He averaged 12.1 points and 22.7 minutes during his 41 games with the Rockets.

Mbah a Moute has been a defensive stalwart throughout his 10-year career, averaging almost a steal per game throughout his tenure in the league and eclipsing that mark three of the past four seasons.

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