Report: Rockets interested in acquiring Carmelo Anthony
The Houston Rockets have shown interest in acquiring Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. The Thunder will reportedly look for a way to part ways with the perennial scorer throughout this summer.
The Rockets had shown interest in Anthony last offseason when he was still a member of the New York Knicks, but the Thunder swept the rug from underneath them, trading for him only days before the start of the regular season.
OKC could seek several pathways to cutting ties with their scoring forward, but once he becomes a free agent, it’s likely Anthony will look to join another team that can use his scoring.
Word to the wise, this accumulation of firepower has been tried before and it simply did not work for the Thunder. It could have a similar effect in Houston, overloading the roster with scoring options, especially with an asset clearly against coming off the bench.
The Rockets are also still to sign restricted free agent Clint Capela to a deal, which will take precedent over any other free agent signings this season after locking down Chris Paul in a four-year, $160 million commitment.
While this interest is speculative, rest assured that Houston will likely only consider it if it comes at the right price, already elbows deep into the luxury tax and in it for the long haul with backloaded contracts ahead in the near future.