The Rockets have lost two of their top forwards so far this offseason, with Trevor Ariza agreeing to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns and Luc Mbah a Moute agreeing to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Houston has a plan to make up for this, though. The plan's name: Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony is soon to be a free agent. The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly working on a buyout or a stretching of the contract.
Once that happens, the 10-time All-Star will hit the open market. The Rockets are going to make Anthony their biggest priority.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Houston is "determined" to sign Carmelo once he becomes available.
"Rockets lose two forwards now — including Ariza — from NBA’s best regular season team. Houston is determined to sign Carmelo Anthony once he becomes free in OKC, sources tell ESPN," he reports.
Anthony's close friend, Chris Paul, is reportedly recruiting him to Houston. The former All-Star forward's manager was seen sitting with Rockets' personnel at a Las Vegas Summer League game on Sunday night.
The former Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks forward is not the defender Ariza or Mbah a Moute are, but he's still an elite shooter, and if he can buy in to what the Rockets are attempting to do, this could be a nice pickup. If Anthony is not willing (or able) to do that, Houston could take a step backwards in 2018-19.
It does sound like whenever Anthony is bought out or stretched by Oklahoma City, a move to the Rockets will happen quickly. Stay tuned.