Carmelo Anthony’s days in Oklahoma City are over. It just remains to be seen which team will take a shot on the 34-year-old forward.
The Los Angeles Lakers have long been thought to be a favorite for Melo. It would give him the opportunity to play with LeBron James.
The Houston Rockets have also been mentioned as a possibility. It appears Melo has one player already pushing the Rockets to acquire him.
Chris Paul and Melo are good friends, and the star point guard is reportedly trying to convince the Rockets to sign Anthony.
Yahoo’s Jordan Schultz has the details.
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). https://t.co/C8LT4rSpFF
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 8, 2018
As Schultz notes, Melo set career highs on three-point makes and attempts in 2017-18. This could make him a fit in Houston’s three-point heavy scheme.
Of course, Anthony also doesn’t provide much defensively, and his iso-heavy style of play might not work in Houston. If he is willing to change his game and accept being a role player though, then the partnership has a shot of working.
Paul seems to believe he can get his friend to buy in and be an asset.