The Houston Rockets are about to get a little bit more firepower added to their offensive scheme.
Be happy, Houston Rockets fans. The Melo-drama is just about over. Carmelo Anthony is officially an unrestricted free agent and can sign where he pleases. That place will, by all accounts, be in Houston.
After getting most of his money back on a buyout from the Hawks, Melo will settle for a veteran’s minimum deal with the Rockets. You heard that right, a veteran’s minimum deal of $2.4 million. For someone that could be a fantastic addition, you can’t pass that up.
Carmelo will join a team that was already the No. 1 offense in the league last season and the No. 6 offense of all time. The pressure will be completely off for Anthony, he’ll just need to come in and fit in with the system. He won’t need to do too much, so hopefully, this will be a great situation for him.
Carmelo Anthony passes through waivers at 5 PM ET, clearing way for him to inform Houston that he will sign a one-year, $2.4M deal with Rockets.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 1, 2018
The two stars are on board
James Harden and Chris Paul both have expressed in the past that they want Carmelo Anthony on the squad. Harden said that he has more left in the tank, and he’s not wrong. In the right system, like the isolation-heavy Rockets, he can excel. If he doesn’t, then the Rockets only paid him the minimum and can cut their losses.
Melo has already been seen practicing and playing one-on-one with Chris Paul. He looks happier than I’ve seen him in quite some time.
He shouldn’t be a problem in the locker room, as he is best friends with Chris Paul and good friends with James Harden. Melo wants to be in Houston, as that was one of his preferred destinations last offseason when he was eventually traded to the Thunder.
If Carmelo can play at a high level like he did before last season, he can be a great contributor with this Rockets team. The squad only gets more dangerous offensively as they look to take down the Warriors.