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Report: Rockets’ Carmelo Anthony could still compete for starting spot

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Soon-to-be official Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony could potentially challenge for a starting spot, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Woj had recently speculated that Anthony would likely come off the bench for the Rockets, but the 15-year veteran and 10-time All-Star will be allowed to head into training camp and compete for a starting forward job, though that decision won’t be made until camp.

The decision will be ultimately left for head coach Mike D’Antoni, who will decide how Melo could best serve his team heading into this 2018-19 season.

Anthony and the Rockets had previous conversations even before he was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder, as the team allowed him to survey his options with the Rockets and Miami Heat.

Melo expectedly navigated conversations regarding his role and was reportedly open to this competition — making it up to him to prove that he is indeed a fit in the starting unit and could provide the scoring punch expected of him without disturbing the already existent chemistry.

The Rockets recently lost starter Trevor Ariza when he elected to sign a one-year, $15 million deal with the Phoenix Suns early in free agency, leaving Anthony’s preferred spot open for the taking.

If Melo proves his worth, Houston would have one of the best 1-2-3 punches in the league, along with the Golden State Warriors’ coalition of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant — who they hope to dethrone down the road.