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This Is When Carmelo Anthony Will Be Able To Sign With A New Team

Carmelo Anthony on the Thunder.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 13: 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. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Atlanta Hawks this afternoon, but his tenure with them won't last long. The Hawks will waive Anthony soon.

Atlanta did Oklahoma City the favor of acquiring Anthony as a salary dump. They don't want to have him play for them, so once they absorb him into their cap space, they will waive him.

Once Anthony is waived, he can sign wherever he likes. Most pundits expect him to choose the Houston Rockets.

However, Anthony can't choose his new home just yet. First, Atlanta has to get rid of him, and then, he must wait a couple of days.

Once Anthony clears waivers after 48 hours, he's a free agent.

As we said, the Rockets are regarded as the frontrunners for Anthony. The Miami Heat have also shown interest.

It remains to be seen how Anthony will fit in Houston. He's a downgrade defensively from their wings last season, but he could provide serviceable three-point shooting. He had his battles with Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni back when they were in New York, but he is also very tight with Houston point guard Chris Paul.

Anthony averaged in 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 78 games with the Thunder this past season.