Houston Rockets Determined To Sign Carmelo Anthony

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Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has re-signed free agent guard/forward Gerald Green.

While Anthony is now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it appears that he will become available this summer either by trade, stretch provision, or a combination of a contract buyout and stretch.

There is no timetable for when Anthony will be made available, but it seems clear that once he is available, the Heat will be one of the teams strongly pursuing him.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets "plan to ramp up a pursuit of Carmelo Anthony", after free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, and Trevor Ariza reached a one-year $15 million deal with the Phoenix Suns. "Oklahoma City needs Anthony's permission to waive his no-trade clause, which he has done to facilitate his exit, league sources said".

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If he chooses to sign with Houston, the Rockets can offer him their mid-level exception, which amounts to $5.3 million.

A move away from the Thunder for Anthony to either the Rockets or the Heat would benefit all parties involved, as the Thunder receive their cost savings, while Melo will get more minutes at either franchise listed as possible destinations. Swapping Melo for a player (s) of lesser value would also create a trade exception for OKC. The 31-year-old forward played in 61 regular season games, averaging 7.5 points and at least one steal a game.

Unfortunately for Anthony, that Big Three didn't work out; things just didn't really click between the three and the Thunder were eliminated in six games by the upstart Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. The 11-year National Basketball Association journeyman has also played for the Celtics, Timberwolves, Mavericks, Nets, Pacers, Suns and Heat.

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