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.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2018
Carmelo Anthony is officially a free agent following his buyout with the Atlanta Hawks.
It’s all but settled that he’s going to sign with the Rockets once he clears waivers. And, according to him, he plans on having a starting job:
“Who, me?” pic.twitter.com/DfpIUrtxDo
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 26, 2018
Melo had the worst season of his career with OKC last year. I personally think he’s over the hill, but is there any chance he can make the Rockets better? I’m going to keep it short and sweet for you guys; No.
The Rockets not only are going to get inconsistent offense from the three spot, but next to nothing on defense to go with it. Now when you have James Harden and Chris Paul on your team, the offense isn’t a necessity, but the loss of Trevor Ariza is going to hurt them on defense. Melo can’t do the things that Ariza did for the Rockets last year. It’s just that simple.
Carmelo Anthony is going to be virtually useless this upcoming season, I would put money on it. This means that any hope we may have had about Houston taking down the Warriors out West is all but gone.
-Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)