Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony (7) holds the ball as Houston's PJ Tucker (4) defends during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Losing Mbah A Moute and small forward Trevor Ariza, who agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns, opens up a spot for Anthony if a deal can be made.
A move away from the Thunder for Anthony to either the Rockets or the Heat would benefit all parties involved, as the Thunder receive their cost savings, while Melo will get more minutes at either franchise listed as possible destinations.
If Anthony does become a free agent, the Rockets won't be the only team interested in his services. He wants his contract somewhere in the $100 million range. Obviously, James Harden and Chris Paul are the boosters that make the Rockets fly, but Capela's the third piece that pushes them over the top.
The 34-year-old is coming off his worst season in the National Basketball Association, as he posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season. Mbah a Moute's one-year deal with the Rockets, if they were not using their mid-level exception, would have been worth $2.4 million but would have given him early Larry Bird rights next summer to exceed the salary cap to re-sign with the Rockets.
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Melo recently opted in to his contract with Oklahoma City to garner $27.9 million next season.
D'Antoni and Anthony didn't see eye to eye during their time with the New York Knicks but the coach "would be fine with Anthony coming to Houston", according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.
The Rockets finished the 2017-18 regular season with a 65-17 record.