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Carmelo Anthony to Rockets? Juicy Summer League sighting blows race wide open

10 July 2018

According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, the Rockets offered Capela a four-year deal in the $60 million range, but he is seeking a contract similar to Steven Adams' $100 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

This offseason has not gone according to plan for the Houston Rockets, as they've seen two key rotation pieces from last season's squad that pushed the Warriors to seven games leave in free agency. The Rockets have now lost two of their most effective wings in Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza, making Melo a much better fit than he was previously.

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The moves add to uncertainty for the Rockets around Swiss free agent center Clint Capela, who has not agreed to a new deal. If Carmelo is really determined to play with CP3, who is his close friend, he could sign a team-friendly deal with Houston.

In order to lessen their luxury tax burden, the Thunder are expected to cut ties with Anthony this summer after just one season.

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Anthony, 34, opted into the final year of his contract in June, and is set to make $27.9 million next season.

Many teams have been rumored to be interested, with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets on top of the list. Only a few teams like Chicago and Sacramento can realistically create the salary cap space necessary to completely absorb Anthony's salary without sending any players back to the Thunder. Along with playing no defense, his relationship with head coach Mike D'Antoni has a messy past.

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Carmelo Anthony to Rockets? Juicy Summer League sighting blows race wide open