James Harden says integrating Carmelo Anthony will be “easy” for the Rockets

Harden expects life to be much easier for Anthony in Houston

After a long and drawn out process, Carmelo Anthony finally signed with the Houston Rockets this month as he penned a one-year, $2.4 million deal.

The veteran spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder but he endured his worst campaign in the league as he struggled to co-exist alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

He's landed in a similar situation in Houston as he's likely to be the third wheel behind James Harden and Chris Paul but this could be a better fit for him.

Better chance of success

With the playmaking abilities of the All-Star duo and the offensive system that Mike D'Antoni deploys, it could get the best out of Anthony.

Harden certainly has no doubts that integrating the 34-year-old will not be a difficult thing to do.

"Coming off an MVP season, now you got to add Carmelo Anthony, it's going to be easy," Harden said in an interview with The Players' Tribune.

"The transition is easy. When you got that many talented, high-IQ guys around who love to communicate and love to figure things out, the job is easy."

Carmelo immediately fills a gap in the Rockets lineup after both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute departed in free agency.

There are already question marks about how he'll mesh with his new teammates but Harden says the way he made things work with Paul shows that people shouldn't underestimate the Rockets.

"We all see how it worked out," Harden said. "When you got two high-IQ guys who are unselfish and know the game of basketball, it's easy.

Harden and Paul showed that can co-exist last season

"The job gets hard when you don't communicate. That's what it's about. That's where it's misconstrued.

"You got guys that are, 'Oh, how are they going to work?' As long as we're on the court and we communicate, things will be a breeze."

Building chemistry

The MVP was in contact with Anthony even before his signing was made official and is working to make him feel comfortable on his new team.

The Houston players are set to meet for a week of bonding in the Bahamas ahead of the new season.

The Rockets are heading for a bonding session in the Bahamas

"It's extremely important. Bringing other guys in, just got to get them acclimated before training camp starts, something we need," Harden said.

The Texas-based franchise came within one win of reaching the NBA Finals last season but agonisingly lost a Game 7 to the Golden State Warriors following a costly injury to Paul.

They're determined to make another run next year and are laying the foundations early.

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