Rockets reportedly 'determined' to sign Carmelo Anthony

Doug Mendoza
July 10, 2018

Ariza signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Phoenix Suns while Luc Mbah a Moute joined the Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year, $4.3 million deal.

The departure appears to be the another domino to fall in the Rockets' impending pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to receive a buyout of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The team was set to become the first team to cross the $300 million mark in salary and projected luxury tax commitments, and could reportedly save $100 million by parting ways with Melo.

In short, the Rockets would not only have to be in the luxury tax but also have a problem very similar to the Thunder and could reach $300 million in payroll in the near future if more considerable additions are made.

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The Rockets remain optimistic they can sign 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony when he becomes a free agent, two individuals with knowledge of the team's thinking said. They could have offered Mbah a Moute up to $5.3 million, their taxpayer mid-level exception, but could have sought to save that or much of it for Anthony. Obviously, James Harden and Chris Paul are the boosters that make the Rockets fly, but Capela's the third piece that pushes them over the top. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds.

Anthony opted into the final year of his near $28m deal last month, contributing to a dangerously-inflated payroll that now sits at around $310m in OKC.

The Rockets finished the 2017-18 regular season with a 65-17 record.

D'Antoni and Anthony didn't see eye to eye during their time with the New York Knicks but the coach "would be fine with Anthony coming to Houston", according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.

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