Carmelo Anthony has officially signed with the Houston Rockets after clearing his physical examination on Monday morning. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey took to Twitter to welcome the 10-time All-Star to the team.
Welcome to the @HoustonRockets @carmeloanthony – easy to find highlights for him! https://t.co/ZdjTc0xFmY
— Daryl MorΞy 🗽🏀 (@dmorey) August 13, 2018
Morey also posted a photo on Instagram of Anthony signing his new deal.
Anthony, now 34 years of age, received $25.5 million of his original 2018-19 salary in a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks. He waived his no-trade clause earlier this summer, which allowed the Oklahoma City Thunder to send him to Atlanta in a three-way deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. All in all, he’ll make $2.4 million in Houston to reach the $27.9 million he was originally owed.
Anthony has long been recognized as a prolific scorer, but his production fell off a bit last season in Oklahoma City. In his 78 appearances with the Thunder, the former No. 3 overall pick posted averages of 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting from the field (35.7 percent from beyond the arc), 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 32.1 minutes per outing.
Houston finished the 2017-18 regular season with a 65-17 overall record, which landed them the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference before they came just one win shy of the NBA Finals. The Rockets lost quite a bit of depth at the forward position in free agency, including Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, so Anthony could help plug those holes.
Whether or not Anthony will be a starter or bench player for head coach Mike D’Antoni remains to be seen. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski initially speculated that Anthony would likely come off the bench, but Woj then said Melo will still have a chance to earn a starting job.