It should be only a matter of days before Carmelo Anthony signs with the Houston Rockets after what has been a crazy summer for the player.
Anthony started off the offseason still as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but after refusing to accept a lesser role on the team’s bench and in order to save money as well, he was traded away.
The Thunder sent Melo to the Atlanta Hawks as in a three-team trade in which they acquired Dennis Schröder from the Hawks and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Then, the Hawks waived the 34-year-old after he accepted a buyout, ending his time with the franchise after just a couple of days. He’s now expected to sign a 1-year veteran’s minimum deal with the Rockets.
Melo’s time in Atlanta was short and sweet, and even though he never played for the team, he still wanted a Hawks jersey with his name on the back of it. Sure enough, he got his wish.
The jersey will likely remind Anthony of the $27.9 million dollars that he’ll get to keep after being waived by Atlanta.
Melo’s friend, LeBron James, joked about his time with the Hawks on Twitter.
The Los Angeles Lakers star said: “🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Helleva run in the A my brother @carmeloanthony! 🤷🏾♂️💪🏾”
Both Melo and LeBron have been on the move this summer, as James decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign a four-year deal with the Lakers this offseason.
Anthony will now likely team up with James Harden and Chris Paul at the Rockets, but if he wants to stay there longer than the reported one-year deal, he must improve his performances on the court.
Last season at the Thunder alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George, Melo only averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in 2017-18, one of his worst seasons in the NBA to date.
Harden has already said that he believes the Rockets will be able to figure something out in order to make sure that he’s happy with his role on the team. We’ll just have to wait and see exactly what this role will be.
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