Rockets Emerge as 'Strong Frontrunners' To Get Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony's time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder has almost run its course. "One way or another, Melo is leaving OKC and it's simply a matter at this point of how soon".

With cap space teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls making moves, it appears as though the Oklahoma City Thunder will be unable to trade away the contract of Carmelo Anthony.

Stein adds regardless of whether the Rockets find a "complicated trade" or go through the buyout route, Anthony is expected to become a free agent and the Rockets are favored to sign him once he clears waivers.

Houston has lost forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah A Moute in free agency.

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Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches on against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on January 13, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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 Lakers could use some shooting after signing Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee to play alongside James, but Anthony shot a career-worst 40.4 percent from the field last season so it's hard to see him being much of a help to any team that's trying to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.

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