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Marc Stein: The Rockets have denied they are waiving Carmelo Anthony, but two sources close to the situation say Anthony has been informed that his brief time with the team will soon be ending. Anthony has been listed as "out" for Houston's game tonight against Indiana due to illness
Jonathan Feigen: Morey said he expects Carmelo Anthony to be back in the rotation when healthy. Said "we're evaluating everything." Said that applies to everyone.
Chris Paul: Welcome my brother 🚀🤟🏾
Sam Amick: How do you see him fitting in? Mike D’Antoni: “The style that we want to play, and we go through that process, it kind of sorts itself out. It’s like USA Basketball. If you’re committed to doing it, and committed to, ‘OK, this is how we’re playing, and then when it’s your turn it’s your turn, but if it isn’t then we’re still within these guidelines.’ Then the more talent you can have, the better the guys are, the better the team is going to be. Look at Golden State, how they had all those guys and you fit in (Kevin) Durant, I mean if you are committed to a certain style, and everybody is committed to the team, it works itself out. ...  “It’s like having Chris and James together (last season). It was relatively noneventful …and I think it’ll be the same thing. ... We’ve just got to make sure we don’t get too far away from taking threes and layups and foul shots. It’ll be a little bit of a learning process. But again, if everybody is committed, then I have no doubt it can work. Whether we can all get it to work? We’ll see.”
Jonathan Feigen: D'Antoni said he does not know whether he will start @Carmelo Anthony or bring him off the bench, but that was discussed in the first meeting and Anthony was open to either role. Said @James Ennis has been overlooked and that he is excited about having him in the mix, too.
Should the Rockets face Golden State in the playoffs once again next season, they intend to have Carmelo Anthony on their side. The Rockets officially will sign Anthony to a one-year, $2.4 million contract Monday, a source close to the Rockets confirmed.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Carmelo Anthony plans to sign his one-year, $2.4M deal with the Houston Rockets today, league sources tell ESPN. He traveled to Houston and he’s completing his physical.
Anthony met with GM Daryl Morey and coach Mike D'Antoni in Las Vegas during summer league. The Thunder granted permission to do, once the sides decided that a parting was imminent. Anthony had also met with the Miami Heat, and considered signing there. Anthony, 34, is a 10-time All-Star forward. Anthony averaged 16.2 points for the Thunder a year ago -- below his 24.1 points per game average in the NBA.
Sam Amick: Houston’s Carmelo Anthony signing expected to be finalized later this week - possibly tomorrow. In other Rockets rumblings, I’m told they’re not pursuing or interested in Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore, as has been reported.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Carmelo Anthony has finalized buyout with the Atlanta Hawks, giving back $2.4M of his $27.9M salary, league sources tell ESPN. That's veteran's minimum he'll get back with new team. Anthony will wait to clear waivers in 48 hours to officially tell Rockets of intentions to sign.
Shams Charania: The Atlanta Hawks are expected to waive Carmelo Anthony today, with player physicals completed over the weekend from 3-team trade, league sources tell Yahoo. Clears way for Anthony to become free agent, potentially join Houston.
Anthony may be Brickley’s most prominent client. The two go back to their time together in the Knicks organization. Anthony has had a difficult run of things over the past year, accepting a trade to Oklahoma City last September, then to Atlanta this month after his lone season with the Thunder saw him turn into an inefficient third option behind Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Anthony is reportedly headed to the Rockets later this summer after the Hawks waive him. After that much movement and uncertainty for Anthony, Brickley thinks the star is in a good place. “I think he’s relieved,” Brickley said. “In the sense of he liked OKC, he loved his teammates, loved the organization. For whatever reason it didn’t work out. Now he’s just looking forward to what’s next. I think the Rockets would be great. Him and Chris Paul have been friends forever…They’re very close. I think it’s going to be good. He’s very positive right now.”
Mark Berman: NBA sources confirm Carmelo Anthony plans to sign with the #Rockets once he becomes a free agent. Carmelo expected to get a one-year deal from the Rockets at the veteran's minimum of $2.4 million. @Marc Stein first reported the story.
Marc Stein: Carmelo Anthony intends to sign with the Houston Rockets upon becoming a free agent, league sources say, though it could be several more days before Melo is formally traded and clears waivers.
The Thunder, Hawks and Sixers agreed on a deal that involves sending Anthony to the Hawks, and the Hawks plan to buy out Anthony, per USA TODAY Sports. It’s reported that the Rockets are the favorites to sign Anthony once that happens. Morey was asked, “So are we for sure getting Carmelo Anthony?” He responded, “In the mix.” Morey also said, “Yes,” as a reply to, “Does Daryl still have something up his sleeve?”
"It would be a great acquisition for us," said Harden, who did run into Anthony at Paris Fashion Week last month when Harden was making the rounds with teammate P.J. Tucker. "Melo's a proven vet. He just wants to win at this point, so it would be great for him to be on our team. The current roster we have now, we've got good guys back and we keep making forward progress."
The Miami Heat is expecting 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to be waived and become a free agent after being traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, to sign with the Houston Rockets, a league source said Friday. The Heat had some interest in Anthony, 34, and met with him in Las Vegas at Anthony’s request during NBA Summer League action more than a week ago. But the source said the role and the kind of money Anthony was looking for wasn’t a fit with the Heat.
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The Hawks plan to waive Anthony, who will then become a free agent after he clears waivers. Atlanta has the ability to absorb Anthony’s contract, but the price for taking him off Oklahoma City’s roster was a first-round draft pick – a good move for Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk who is rebuilding the roster.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Oklahoma City has agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick to Atlanta for point guard Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala, league sources tell ESPN. Anthony will be waived, and he will join team of his choice. Rockets are frontrunner.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Anthony will get his entire $27.9M in the buyout and waiver with Hawks. It could take a few days to work thru logistics on trade. 'Melo met with Rockets and Heat in Las Vegas. Again, Rockets are the frontrunner.
A precise timetable for how quickly Anthony can secure his exit from Oklahoma City, most likely via buyout, is not yet clear. But, at this point, it would be a full-fledged surprise if he doesn't wind up with the Rockets.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been widely mentioned as a chief rival to the Rockets once Anthony actually becomes a free agent, largely because the Lakers' new face of the franchise is Melo's close friend LeBron James. But it's been suggested to me — strongly — that the Lakers' interest is overstated. The Miami Heat have been mentioned, too, which is understandable given that the Heat patriarch Pat Riley has been known to happily gamble on a big name in need of some image rehab. As of Tuesday morning, though, Houston was the unquestioned frontrunner for the former New York Knick.
In advance of an inevitable - if not imminent - parting, the Oklahoma City Thunder granted Carmelo Anthony permission to meet with prospective teams, including the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, league sources told ESPN. Anthony and his representatives met with Rockets and Heat officials at the site of the NBA Summer League in recent days, league sources told ESPN.
The Rockets meeting included coach Mike D'Antoni, who had a turbulent relationship with Anthony as New York Knicks coach. D'Antoni made it clear to Anthony that he thinks the circumstances together would be far different in Houston, and welcomed the idea of coaching Anthony again, league sources said.
The Thunder are working on trade scenarios where Anthony, 34, would be moved as an expiring contract and be waived, becoming a free agent once his $27.9 million 2017-18 salary clears waivers. Oklahoma City needs Anthony's permission to waive his no-trade clause, which he has done to facilitate his exit, league sources said.
The Rockets lost forward Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency, clearing the way for a greater opportunity to impact the Rockets. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has been a strong advocate of signing Anthony, who could play a major role for the Heat at power forward.
Thunder are working on trade scenarios where Anthony, 34, would be moved as an expiring contract and be waived, becoming a free agent once his $28M clears waivers. OKC needs the Anthony’s permission to waive no-trade clause, which he has done to facilitate his exit, sources said.
The Thunder could waive and stretch Anthony's $27.9 million salary -- saving the franchise $107 million in salary and tax -- within the next 7-10 days should they be able unable to find a trade, league sources said. The Rockets will be a premium consideration for Anthony -- along with the Miami Heat, league sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rockets lose two forwards now — including Ariza — from NBA’s best regular season team. Houston is detemined to sign Carmelo Anthony once he becomes free in OKC, sources tell ESPN.
Unlike Thomas, Anthony will have suitors. Three of them, at least: the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. The guess here, after speaking to people this weekend, is that the decision is between Houston or Los Angeles. Either would be a fascinating situation.
For Houston, Anthony would likely come off the bench as a scoring power forward. Ironically, that’s exactly what Rockets Coach Mike D’Antoni wanted him to do when the two clashed while together with the New York Knicks. D’Antoni’s presence was expected to be a roadblock to Anthony’s arrival, but multiple sources said D’Antoni would be fine with Anthony coming to Houston. The phrase “time heals all wounds” comes to mind.
The guess here, after speaking to people this weekend, is that the decision is between Houston or Los Angeles. Either would be a fascinating situation.
Jordan Schultz: Source close to Chris Paul tells me that CP3 is advocating for the #Rockets to acquire his good friend, Carmelo Anthony. Melo, 34, made a career-high 169 3-pointers last season on a career-high 474 attempts (35.7 percent).
As the Oklahoma City Thunder navigate an historic $310 million payroll and luxury tax bill, the franchise's front office is working through scenarios that will culminate in the inevitable this summer: An ending to the brief Carmelo Anthony partnership, which could deliver the Thunder over $100 million in cost savings.
Anthony has until Saturday at midnight (Eastern) to exercise the option that would make him a free agent July 1 — provided he were willing to walk away from the $27.9 million he is owed next season. But he is planning to let the deadline pass quietly and keep his current contract in effect, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.
Brett Dawson: Sam Presti says the Thunder has had conversations with Carmelo Anthony’s representation, trying to help him make the most informed decision possible with his early termination option.
Eric Pincus: "I've talked to a lot of different people [in the NBA] about the Thunder. So if I'm talking, I might talk to someone who works for a different team, other than the Thunder. I have talked to someone with the Thunder, but not Sam Presti... And a lot of people are gonna give their opinion based on what they think, or conversations they've had with other people or with Carmelo Anthony's people. But I've got a wide-range of strong opinions on what Carmelo's gonna do [regarding his contract option for 2018-19 worth $27.9 million]."
Eric Pincus: "Some people say there's no way whatsoever he opts out, period. He's opting it because he needs that money. [Carmelo Anthony] isn't getting that money down the road [on the open market].... Multiple people have said, including one that used to work for the Thunder, there's no way he opts out, period. But I've also spoken to some who say, 'Carmelo has made a lot of money in his career. Happiness is something that's more important to him,' and it's not even championship-chasing. He needs to live in a place, in a situation, where he's happy."
Eric Pincus: "Agents talk to teams beforehand. His agent can't really solicit offers, but they do anyway, they talk and they get a feel. Is there somewhere else [Carmelo Anthony] could get the mid-level exception, roughly $9 million, from someone else? Maybe the answer is yes. Some people have suggested to me he might be willing to opt out, take the mid-level for three years, same money over three years that he would make in one [were he to opt in with the Thunder], or just sign for one year, just so he could be in a better situation for his lifestyle. He may just not want to live in Oklahoma City [anymore]."
Eric Pincus: "Then I've had other people who have suggested that he'll opt in and then accept a trade, because he has that no-trade clause. So Sam Presti would then have to find a trade for that $28 million, which is not an easy thing to do, because you have to match salaries."
A source confirmed the Knicks are aware Anthony prefers getting released rather than agreeing to a trade, even if he would lose a trade-kicker bonus. Anthony understands the Cavaliers don’t have the assets to make a deal for him, and this way he can add depth to the Eastern Conference champions without taking away a major piece such as Kevin Love, who is being dangled for Paul George.
This summer Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul will both become free agents – and New York can create enough cap space to sign one of them - but the Knicks’ predicament has turned Anthony’s longstanding dream into the pipe variety. Unless he leaves New York. “I don’t know where that would be able to happen. It’s always a dream,” he said. “They’re all in the same boat I’m in. It’s hard to think about something else when Chris is going through his surgery and (Wade) is going through what they’re going through in Chicago. I think it’s hard to start thinking about that at this point right now. I think everybody just needs a break, everybody is waiting for the break to decompress and re-evaluate.”
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim on Carmelo Anthony: "In the NBA, you are judged by championships and he should be really judged by making teams a lot better. When he went to Denver, they weren't very good and he got them in the playoffs. Everybody says, 'Well, he didn't win.' But yeah, he played againt Kobe and the Lakers and Shaq and then the Spurs with Duncan and Robinson."
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On Saturday afternoon, Conley addressed his pending free agency during the Jazz’s customary exit interviews the day after the season. “Obviously you know how I feel about our team and the city and the fans,” he said. “It’s been just a wonderful two years. Definitely an up and down two years but wonderful regardless of how it ended last night. “Free agency is free agency…it’s something that I have to sit back and consider with my family and when that time comes, make the decision that’s best for us, myself. Like I said, obviously I’ve had a great time here, great, great experiences, coaches — Coach Quin and the players, Don and Rudy and everybody, so we’ll just have to see what happens.”
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