Carmelo Anthony
F HOU
1 month ago

Anthony, who is set to sign a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Rockets on Monday, is expected to come off the bench during the upcoming season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

After the Thunder were eliminated in the first round of the postseason in April, Anthony was adamant that he wouldn't accept a reserve role if he had returned to Oklahoma City in 2018-19. The Thunder ultimately parted ways with Anthony after he exercised his $28 million player option earlier this offseason, trading him to Atlanta in July before the Hawks waived him shortly after the acquisition. Anthony then agreed to continue his career in Houston, where it was expected that he would slot in as the club's starting power forward. It appears that the Rockets have since called an audible on that plan, but the bench move shouldn't dramatically hinder Anthony's fantasy value, assuming he's receptive to the assignment. Anthony looks poised to serve as the go-to scorer for the second unit for a few spurts per game while still logging plenty of time alongside James Harden and Chris Paul as a supplementary option on offense. Riding shotgun with two of the NBA's elite playmakers should translate to plenty of quality looks from the outside for Anthony, who saw his efficiency crater in the Thunder's more stagnant offense last season.

Carmelo Anthony
F HOU
1 month ago

Anthony is expected to sign a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Rockets on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony's move to Houston has been telegraphed for weeks, but the veteran first had to finalize a buyout with the Hawks before putting pen to paper for his new squad. With Anthony officially clearing waivers earlier this month, it appears he's now ready to sign Houston. The 34-year-old, who averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game with the Thunder in 2017-18, will likely slot in as the Rockets' starting power forward during the upcoming campaign.

Carmelo Anthony
F HOU
1 month ago

Anthony verbally agreed to join the Rockets on Tuesday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony's intentions to join the Rockets have been a badly kept secret, as the move was essentially a foregone conclusion following his trade to Atlanta. Things didn't mesh as anticipated during his first, and now only, campaign in Oklahoma City last season. Acting largely as a spot-up shooter, Anthony averaged the fewest points (16.2) and assists (1.3) of his career without gaining efficiency. It remains to be seen what his role in Houston will be, but he'll presumably start and be a major cog in one of the league's most potent offenses.

Carmelo Anthony
F HOU
2 months ago

Anthony has cleared waivers and is expected to sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal with Houston, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Clearing waivers is just another formality, as it was expected that Anthony would be bought out as soon as the trade was completed. The move to Houston doesn't come as a surprise either, as it was reported several days after the completed trade that he was preparing to sign with the Rockets. Now, we simply wait for pen to be put to paper.

Carmelo Anthony
F HOU
2 months ago

Anthony and the Hawks finalized a buyout agreement Monday, which will make Anthony a free agent once he clears waivers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony was never going to play for the Hawks, who took on his massive salary earlier in July as part of a deal that sent Dennis Schroder to OKC and netted the Hawks a protected future first-round pick. The veteran will give back roughly $2.4 million of his $27.9 million salary for next season, which is equal to the veteran's minimum contract he's expected to ink with the Houston Rockets later this week. He'll have to wait 48 hours to clear waivers, but once that happens -- it'll likely be Wednesday morning -- Anthony will be free to sign with the Rockets, joining Chris Paul and James Harden on what was the best regular season team in the league last season. Anthony is coming off of a disappointing season with the Thunder in which he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting from the field -- both career-lows by a fair margin.

Carmelo Anthony
F HOU
2 months ago

Anthony, who was traded in principle to the Hawks last week, intends to sign a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Rockets once he clears waivers in the coming days, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Houston was widely believed to be the frontrunner for Anthony's services after it was reported earlier in the month that Oklahoma City intended to part ways with the 10-time All-Star. The Thunder ultimately shipped Anthony to the Hawks last week in a three-team trade that remains pending until the 76ers make another roster move. Once the trade is official, the Hawks will part ways with Anthony, allowing him to head back to the Western Conference and join a potent Houston offense. Anthony seems likely to slot into a starting role at forward for the Rockets, filling the vacancy that was opened by Trevor Ariza's departure for Phoenix earlier in the offseason. The 34-year-old, who attempted 6.1 three-pointers per game in 2018-19 -- the second-highest average of his career -- should again get a healthy amount of long-range shots as he joins one of the NBA's most prolific outside shooting teams.

Carmelo Anthony
F HOU
2 months ago

Anthony has been traded to the Hawks, along with a protected future first-round pick, in exchange for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The expectation is that Anthony will be waived in short order.

EDGE Analysis

While the deal involves three players, it's a relatively straightforward transaction that looks to benefit both sides. The Thunder get rid of Anthony and his massive salary for the 2018-19 season, and they also add a young guard in Schroder who openly requested a trade back in May. The Hawks will likely part ways with Anthony in the next day or two, but they'll get a protected, 2022 first-round pick for their troubles. After that, Anthony will be free to sign with any team, and the Rockets are widely expected to be his top choice.

Carmelo Anthony
F HOU
2 months ago

Anthony and the Thunder plan to part ways at some point this offseason, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony opted into the final year of his contract at just under $28 million, but the prevailing belief over the last couple of weeks is that the two sides would look to negotiate some sort of agreement to part ways before next season. Doing so could save the Thunder around $100 million, mostly in luxury tax penalties. Oklahoma City will first look to trade Anthony, who holds a no-trade clause, and if that is unsuccessful, the Thunder may have to resort to using the stretch provision, which would spread Anthony's remaining salary over three years, in turn slashing roughly $90 million from OKC's tax bill. In that scenario, the Thunder would still have roughly $9.3 million committed to Anthony through 2020-21, which could tie up future flexibility. At this point, it's unclear which course of action the two sides will take, but the expectation is Anthony will move on from the organization sometime in the next few weeks.

Carmelo Anthony
F HOU
3 months ago

Anthony has exercised his $27.9 million player option, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony set career lows in points (16.2), field-goal percentage (40.4), free-throw percentage (76.7) and assists (1.3) last season -- his first year with the Thunder. With that being the case, it was unlikely he would garner a bigger contract in free agency. That said, if Paul George ends up declining his player option and leaving the team, Anthony could see a more featured role in the Oklahoma City offense.

Carmelo Anthony
F HOU
5 months ago

Anthony supplied seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 FT) and three rebounds across 26 minutes during Oklahoma City's 96-91 loss to the Jazz in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony struggled to generate any meaningful production for the second straight came, leading his second consecutive seven-point effort. The 33-year-old put up single-digit attempts over the last two games of the series while spending extended stretches on the bench, as Jerami Grant saw additional opportunity in both games. Anthony finishes the series with averages of 11.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals across 32.2 minutes and heads into the offseason with a bit of uncertainty about his future after a serviceable first season in Oklahoma City.