Carmelo Anthony finalized his buyout with the Atlanta Hawks last week, clearing the way for him to sign a deal with the Houston Rockets once he had cleared waivers.
Yet, it's been just over a week since Anthony cleared waivers, and he is yet to sign a contract with the Rockets, which is strange considering he's been linked with the team almost all offseason long.
However, we now know the reason why Melo is yet to sign a deal with Houston.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Carmelo is still planning on joining the Rockets this offseason, but the reason why he hasn't joined yet is due to the fact he's been traveling with the NBA Players Association as part of the NBA's trip to Africa.
Stein added that when he's back in the United States, he's expected to put pen to paper and sign a deal with Houston ahead of the 2018-19 NBA season.
One of the reasons that Melo and the Oklahoma City Thunder broke up this offseason, resulting in his trade to the Hawks, was because he wasn't willing to accept his bench role at the franchise.
Rockets star James Harden already said last month before Anthony was waivered that he believes the team will be able to figure something out in order to make sure that everyone was happy.
He said: "Myself and Chris and our entire coaching staff, we communicate every single day making sure guys are in good places.
"Obviously there's a lot of egos. There's a lot of talent. Someone has to sacrifice to get where we want to go.
"Everybody in the world knows what Carmelo brings, how gifted and talented he is. He still has a lot more to go. If he comes come to the Rockets, we'll get the best out of him."
Harden continued: "We all know how easy he can score the basketball. We have had conversations with him.
"That’s the most important thing ... bringing in Melo ... to be part of a championship team, you have to have conversations. As long as you communicate good things can happen."
Melo is coming off one of his worst seasons in the NBA, as he only averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in 2017-18 for the Thunder, so how useful for the Rockets he will be once he signs remains to be seen.
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