Rockets Determined to Sign Carmelo Anthony

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Anthony will likely become a free agent this offseason as he works towards a buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Anthony met with officials from the Heat and Houston Rockets at the National Basketball Association summer league in Las Vegas, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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.

Furthermore, Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reports that Chris Paul is encouraging the Rockets to sign his good friend Carmelo, and ESPN's Dave McMenamin says Melo's business manager recently spent time with Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni and team owner Tilman Fertitta. The 31-year-old averaged 7.5 points, three rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 25.6 minutes per game across 61 games (15 starts) in Houston. However, at this stage of free agency, the Rockets can't be extremely picky about who they sign despite Melo's poor numbers. But the Thunder traditionally doesn't like to part with assets for nothing, thus making a trade the first priority in a mutual split between Anthony and the team.

They've already lost two of their top eight scorers, including a starter in Ariza, so they can't be choosy over who they sign if they want to improve upon their team-record 65 victories last season. That decision will save OKC a bundle of cash-possibly over $100 million.

As Wojnarowski alludes to, the Thunder is most likely to find a trade that would send Anthony somewhere he would ultimately be waived, thus giving him the freedom to choose his preferred destination as a free agent on the open market.