Rockets reportedly 'determined' to sign Carmelo Anthony

Rockets reportedly 'determined' to sign Carmelo Anthony

That duo served as two of the Rockets' best defenders, with the ability to match up with guards and forwards in the team's switch-heavy scheme.

The Rockets are expected to vigorously pursue Anthony to replace Trevor Ariza, who signed with Phoenix.

Despite a poor year in Oklahoma City, during which the four-time Olympic gold medallist nearly became unplayable during the Thunder's miserable first-round playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, there are no shortage of teams reportedly interested in acquiring him.

The Thunder and Anthony's agent Leon Rose have been working on different trade scenarios where Anthony's $27.9 million salary would be moved as an expiring contract and waived, according to ESPN's report.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Carmelo Anthony has waived his no-trade clause and has begun meeting (with the Thunder's permission) with teams interested in acquiring his services this summer.

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If he chooses to sign with Houston, the Rockets can offer him their mid-level exception, which amounts to $5.3 million.

After failing to secure a trade for Anthony last summer, the Rockets will have the opportunity to sign Melo again. Wade also remains a possibility for that exception if he chooses to play. Despite his defensive limitations, Anthony shot 37.2 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in his lone season with the Thunder, and made a career-high 169 3-pointers.

The 10-time All-Star shot 35.7 per cent on three-pointers past year, failing to increase his efficiency from the previous season, 34.7 per cent, despite playing alongside Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

Last season was a pretty good one for the Houston Rockets.

Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role.

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