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Friday, February 22, 2019

Report: Rockets considered ‘strong frontrunners’ for Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

The Oklahoma City Thunder are still trying to figure out the best approach for parting ways with Carmelo Anthony, and the Houston Rockets appear to be the team that is most prepared to pounce when the situation is finally sorted out.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rockets are considered the “strong frontrunners” to sign Anthony if and when he becomes a free agent.

As Marc Stein of the New York Times notes, the Thunder are weighing their options with Anthony. They could still work out a trade for him with a team like the Chicago Bulls, who may actually be willing to absorb Carmelo’s nearly $28 million salary for next season. However, it still seems like a buyout or waiving Anthony via the stretch provision is the most reasonable avenue for OKC.

The Thunder have reportedly allowed Anthony to meet with multiple teams already, and it seems like he has already narrowed his decision down to a few contenders. One Rockets star has supposedly been pushing for the team to find a way to add Carmelo.

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