Report: Carmelo Anthony planning to sign with Rockets at vet minimum

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is guarded by Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) in a pre-season game. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Carmelo Anthony is getting set to join the Houston Rockets.

According to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, the 10-time all-star will head back west and sign with Houston at the league’s veteran minimum salary of $2.4 million after his trade to the Atlanta Hawks becomes official and the the Hawks release him.

The Hawks plan to release Anthony, reports Stein, after the completion of a supposed three-way trade Atlanta’s looking to complete with Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Therefore, the Anthony-to-the-Rockets deal could take some time as Atlanta first wants to get that reported trade done, then release Anthony, leading to Anthony needing to then clear waivers before the Rockets could officially sign him.

Stein also reports the Hawks have pledged to release Anthony so he can earn this coming season’s full $27.9 million salary he’s owed from the original contract he signed with the New York Knicks in the summer of 2014.

Last season, Anthony averaged a career-worst 16.2 points per game on 40.4 per cent shooting form the field in his first and only season with Oklahoma City Thunder.

Last week, it was initially reported that the Thunder are trading Anthony to the Hawks. Should everything go according to plan, the 34-year-old will join a Rockets team that won 65 games and came within a win away from knocking off the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference final.

At 34 years old, Anthony’s priority in this stage of his career is likely to win an NBA championship. He would get that chance with the Rockets and would probably have larger role with them than the Thunder after the departures of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in Houston.

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