Rockets determined to sign Carmelo Anthony


If Anthony does become a free agent, the Rockets won't be the only team interested in his services. 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.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN reported an update on the negotiations between the Rockets and Capela, who's a restricted free agent.

He just signed a brand new four-year contract with the Rockets, and now, according to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, he wants to add another star to the roster - his good friend, veteran forward Carmelo Anthony - to help push Houston over the hump that they just missed this time. Once the 34-year old forward is officially free to sign with another team, it is believed he'll draw interest from a number of teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.

Anthony has been part of a Big Three before; he spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, working with Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

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Last week, The Oklahoman confirmed another Wojnarowski report that the Thunder has intentions of trying to find a suitable trade for Anthony before the end of the summer.

Anthony opted into the final year of his near $28m deal last month, contributing to a dangerously-inflated payroll that now sits at around $310m in OKC.

Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game last season on 40.4 per cent from the field.

The 10-time All-Star shot 35.7 per cent on three-pointers past year, failing to increase his efficiency from the previous season, 34.7 per cent, despite playing alongside Paul George and Russell Westbrook.