This offseason has not gone according to plan for the HoustonRockets, as they've seen two key rotation pieces from last season's squad that pushed the Warriors to seven games leave in free agency.
Cameroonian free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute has agreed to a one-year National Basketball Association deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN reported Monday, pushing the Houston Rockets to pursue Carmelo Anthony. If Carmelo is really determined to play with CP3, who is his close friend, he could sign a team-friendly deal with Houston.
Anthony and the Thunder are working towards a buyout though he could also be traded and waived thereafter. Thus, Anthony's one-year, $27.9 million expiring contract could be enticing for a team with bad long-term contracts to absorb for a season, even if the team can't fully carve out $27.9 million in space. OKC needs Anthony's permission to waive his no-trade clause, which he has reportedly done in order to facilitate his exit.
If Anthony signed with Miami, he would be eligible to receive the $2.4 million veteran's minimum, the $3.4 million biannual exception or the $5.3 million taxypayer midlevel exception. Anthony is now in the twilight of his career, barely shooting 40 percent from the field with the Thunder previous year and averaging a career low in points while putting in his usual effort, or lack thereof, on defense.
The 10-time All-Star averaged 16.2 points on 40.4-percent shooting.
Worryingly, his presence on the court saw the Thunder's team plus/minus rating slide to negative 14.3 during the playoffs.