Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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

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

Forward Luc Mbah a Moute is leaving Houston and has agreed to a one-year deal with the Clippers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets last week lost Trevor Ariza, who signed a one-year deal with Phoenix. As their roster now sits, the Thunder would owe approximately $310 million in salary and luxury tax next season which would be a record.

Last week, The Oklahoman confirmed another Wojnarowski report that the Thunder has intentions of trying to find a suitable trade for Anthony before the end of the summer.

If Anthony does become a free agent, the Rockets won't be the only team interested in his services.

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"Both Trevor and Mbah a Moute were a big part of our team", Morey said. Mbah A Moute had a one-year deal last year with the Rockets worth $2.1 million. They already signed Chris Paul to a $160 million contract this offseason.

The Rockets have shown interest in James Ennis, an athletic small forward who played for Rockets associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik at Memphis; Treveon Graham, a free agent who played sparingly at Charlotte last season; and James Nunnally, an outstanding shooter with defensive ability who played in Turkey.

Instead, while still trying to get a deal with Capela, the Rockets will be trying to make up for summer losses with their "run it back" plan taking a second significant hit. That decision will save OKC a bundle of cash-possibly over $100 million. Anthony is now in the twilight of his career, barely shooting 40 percent from the field with the Thunder previous year and averaging a career low in points while putting in his usual effort, or lack thereof, on defense.

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Anthony, 34, opted into the final year of his contract in June, and is set to make $27.9 million next season.

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

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