The Houston Rockets players feel very positive about adding Carmelo Anthony to the team, according to a report from Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic.
The Atlanta Hawks will waive Anthony, who is expected to sign a one-year deal with Houston worth the vet minimum.
Anthony has been telling people for more than a week that he’ll ultimately wind up with Houston. Chris Paul, Anthony’s close pal, has been advocating the Rockets to sign Anthony.
It appears once Anthony joins the Rockets, he’ll enter the starting lineup. Houston lost its starting small forward from last season, Trevor Ariza, to the Phoenix Suns in free agency.
Anthony’s lone season with the Oklahoma City Thunder was a disappointment. The 34-year-old averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game during the regular season and shot only 40.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.
The playoffs were an even bigger struggle for Anthony. In the six-game series loss to the Utah Jazz, Anthony averaged 11.8 points while shooting a woeful 37.5 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Thunder had an offensive rating of 98.6 when Anthony was on the court compared to 116.8 when he was on the bench.
Anthony says he will not come off the bench.
“I know how to play this game of basketball,” Anthony told ESPN. “I’ve been playing it for a long time. When I feel like I’m ready to take that role, then I’ll take that role. Only I know when it’s best for me to take that role. I’m not going to do that in a situation where I still know my capabilities and what I can do. And at the end of the day, the people who really matter know my capabilities and what I can still do. You start getting to the media and debates, it’s going to always be kind of back-and-forth.”