The Rockets have lost out on Carmelo Anthony.
Unfortunately for the Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony will not be with the team next season. The addition of a third star would have been incredible for Houston, but it was not to be.
In the end, the Rockets just did not have the assets to get the deal done. Instead, the New York Knicks are sending Carmelo to Oklahoma City, where he will join the two Thunder stars, Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
The Thunder, in return, are sending Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick. With Ryan Anderson being the only real asset the Rockets have, finding a third team to complete the trade was just too difficult in the end.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news first.
New York has agreed to a deal to send Carmelo Anthony to OKC for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2017
Ryan Anderson will be the starting power forward.
Well, this just got a little bit awkward. After attempting to trade Ryno all offseason, it appears that he will be the starting power forward next year for the Rockets.
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The Rockets signed Anderson for a reason last year, and that is because he is a perfect fit for the offense. His defensive deficiencies are very apparent, but when Ryno is hitting his shot, the Rockets offense is even more unstoppable.
His contract was one of the main reasons for the desire to trade him. Trading Anderson was the only way that the Rockets could have afforded Carmelo Anthony. Having the chance to get a star is something that you cannot pass up, especially if you’re Daryl Morey. Hopefully, Ryan Anderson can see that and realize that he was not unwanted.
The nail was pretty much in the coffin for the Rockets whenever Melo decided to waive his no-trade clause for other teams.
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