Rockets Sign Carmelo Anthony

AUGUST 13, 12:21pm: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has published a tweet welcoming Anthony to Houston, signaling that the signing is now official.

AUGUST 13, 8:21am: Anthony has traveled to Houston and is completing his physical on Monday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who tweets that the veteran forward should finally make his deal with the Rockets official today.

AUGUST 7, 4:17pm: Carmelo Anthony has verbally agreed to sign with the Rockets, league sources tell Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Anthony already made his plans known a few weeks back, but he still needed to be officially traded and waived before he could make a final decision.

Anthony reportedly drew interest from the Heat in addition to the Rockets, but Houston has always been seen as the frontrunner ever since it became public knowledge that the working relationship between Anthony and the Thunder was beyond repair.

The 34-year-old forward, who has long made it known that he sees himself as a starter in the NBA, will presumably get the chance to show he’s right after Houston lost both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency.

Anthony will reportedly sign a one-year, veteran’s minimum salary, leaving the Rockets with the remainder of their mid-level exception to use elsewhere.

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31 thoughts on “Rockets Sign Carmelo Anthony

  1. murphy

    Somewhere dionis is typing how the rockets will destroy the warriors.

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  2. paladin

    Melo signs with Rockettes!!! Yawn …Gosh what a surprise! Primetime has past him by, always the last to know/admit. He still thinks he has so much to offer the game. Those days are long gone. Clear out, ISO style of play is dinosaur NBA & he is a defensive liability. I bet Dantoni has to bite his lip to bring him back. They were not BFF to say the least in NY. CP3 will have to babysit. Meet the Hoopers…2.0 Melo is new baby. Meet the Hoopers

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    • svtcobra979896

      have you seen the rockets play? all they do is switch and ISO. he’ll fit right in. Defensively you’re right though. he never played D.

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      • paladin

        How the Rockettes play? Is not the question. How does smelo play is the question. I wrote ”Clear out, ISO style of play” Dantoni doesnt run a ”Clear out style of play…Yes harden is a one on one style of player. He does not have to slow it down, clear it out style of play. Big difference. So the answer is, Yes I watch Houston play.

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  3. afsooner02

    This hurts the rockets far more than losing ariza does….

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  4. supercollider

    Huge mistake by the Rockets bringing in Anthony just so Paul has someone to hang with on the road.

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    • yoyo137

      What has he done to warrant people liking him? He’s done far more to make people hate him

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  5. Man, I kind of like Anthony as a man – handled himself with class in NYC, but the threads started to fray in OKC. I think this is going to be a car crash. He will find himself benched again depending on matchups…

    We’ve seen a lot of ‘humble pie or nothing’ recently – Isaiah Thomas, Nerlens Noel, Dwight… It goes to show just how fragile an NBA career is; it’s all about environment and, like most things in life, right place-right time.

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  6. x%sure

    The iso offense is alive & kicking but is not for everyone if done right. CLE went to the finals with two good players; TOR regressed after ditching it. Stevenson loves to create matchups.

    First comes the iso of the opponent’s weakest defender, usually with screens. Westbrook is not really patient for that but Harden does it reflexively and Paul can run any system.
    IDK what the Melo/Dantoni onflict was about but Melo’s HOU year will be better (or at least more efficient) than he was with OKC or NYK because of the guards.

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  7. LonzoVision

    Saw them discussing this on Undisputed. I don’t see how Carmelo fits this Rockets offense, especially given his play style, ego and past history with D’Antoni. They said maybe CP3 would be able to talk sense into him, but I just don’t see it. Plus, Houston lost Mbah a Moute & Ariza, replaced them with Carmelo…and he doesn’t like playing defense. He’s also a ball stopper. It just doesn’t bode well.

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  8. Flubby

    Did the Rockets front office not pay attention to what happened in OKC this past season? I don’t get it.

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  9. This situation (Houston wanting Melo, even for nothing) was, and is, strange. Melo rebelled against MDA’s offense in NY, as he did against the Triangle, and poisoned the locker room in each case. He won’t participate in any team defensive system (missed assignments and lack of hustle are a constant, and so is that smirk that seems to follow each instance of it). Interesting to see what happens.

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  10. D’Antonio says Melo says he’s willing to come off the bench.

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  11. driftcat28

    This is a mistake and Houston will regret it. I can see their playoff seed taking a hit having Anthony playing since he still believes he’s a starter instead of a reserve guy

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