Rumor: Houston Rockets interested in signing Carmelo Anthony

Ross Houston
July 7, 2018

According to ESPN, an agreement has been reached between Anthony's reps and the Thunder to split this summer. But in the event that doesn't happen the Thunder appears prepared to use the NBA's stretch provision to slash $90 million tax and spreading Anthony's salary for $9.3 million over the next three seasons.

The Oklahoma City Thunder is working through scenarios to part ways with Carmelo Anthony as they seek as much as $100 million in cost savings.

Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist, would be pursued vigorously among contenders on the free agent market. As the franchise sifts through a $310 million payroll and luxury tax bill, the front office and Melo reportedly have a mutual agreement that his limited role with the team isn't what he had agreed to when signing with OKC, sources tell the site.

Anthony is due to make $28 million this season, his last in a five-year, $125 million contract he signed with NY before getting moved to Oklahoma City. He would then presumably be waived by the team that traded for him and become a free agent.

James' L.A. Lakers and Paul's Houston Rockets were mentioned as the other teams expected show interest in Anthony. Dealing him to a team looking to create salary cap space for next year's blockbuster free-agency class is obviously an option, though he does have a no-trade clause. He averaged career lows of 16.2 points on 40.4% shooting last season.

"Remember, two years ago he was considered a superstar still, I think if he gets a fresh new start in a big city he might play well". "I think I was willing to accept that challenge in that role, but I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgeable and what I still can do as a basketball player".

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