Carmelo Anthony’s one-year stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder officially came to an end on Wednesday as his trade to the Atlanta Hawks was confirmed.
The veteran is expected to receive a buyout soon and it’ll pave the way for him to join the Houston Rockets.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the 34-year-old has already agreed to sign a minimum contract with the franchise worth $2.4 million.
He’ll hope to have better success in Houston compared to his stint with OKC.
Last year, the Thunder acquired Anthony in a trade with the New York Knicks and formed a big three with Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
They had championship aspirations but it didn’t quite go according to plan as they endured a rocky regular season and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Utah Jazz.
Melo struggled as a third option behind Westbrook and George and posted a career-low 16 points per game while shooting just 40 percent from the field.
In a recent interview, Carmelo put this down to not having enough time to get adjusted in Oklahoma City as he was signed just before the start of training camp.
"At the end of the day, it wasn't a good fit,” he said, per ESPN’s Jemele Hill.
“I think last year—and I haven't talked about this before—everything was just so rushed, going to the team for media day and the day before training camp.
“Them guys already had something in place, and then I come along in the 25th hour like, 'Oh s--t, Melo just come on and join us. Like, you can figure it out since you've been around the game for a long time.'
"That's why it was so inconsistent. At times, I had to figure it out on my own rather than somebody over there or people over there helping me."
It was clear that things were not going to work out for the 10-time All-Star in a Thunder uniform so they agreed to part ways this summer.
Anthony did, however, exercise his $28.9m player option for next season which meant the team had to find a trade partner to get his huge contract off their books.
They found that with the Hawks as they took on Dennis Schroder in return.
Melo will now look to prove he can still contribute to a contending team when he joins the Rockets.
But he’s likely to be the third wheel again, this time alongside Chris Paul and James Harden, so it’ll be interesting to see if he has more joy playing with that duo.
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