Carmelo Anthony to Rockets? Juicy Summer League sighting blows race wide open

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

They apparently already have their main target in mind, as they are laser focused on landing Carmelo Anthony the former All-Star parts ways with the Thunder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Stretching his contract, which involves buying out a player by paying half the amount of the deal over double the amount of time plus a year, could save the Thunder $107 million in salary and luxury tax, according to Wojnarowski.

Carmelo Anthony is now being pursued by the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets are hunting for a replacement for Trevor Ariza, who signed a one-year $15m deal with the Phoenix Suns during free agency, and hope Anthony could be the man to step in. The 31-year-old forward played in 61 regular season games, averaging 7.5 points and at least one steal a game.

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Anthony is now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the two sides are reportedly working on parting ways, whether through a trade, a buyout or waiving via the stretch provision.

What could make a trade easier, however, is if Anthony and his representation knew he was going to immediately be waived by the team which traded for him, thus making him eligible to sign with Houston, or even Miami and the Los Angeles Lakers, who are also reportedly interested in the 15-year veteran.

Bradley appeared in six games with the Clippers after arriving in the Blake Griffin trade last season, averaging 9.2 points before having season-ending surgery to fix a sports hernia. The Rockets jumped from 26th in points-per-game allowed all the way up to sixth in his one season.

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