The Rockets are going all-in on odd Carmelo Anthony plan


The team can either trade him, or put him on waivers and stretch out his contract.

Anthony has a no-trade clause in which he can veto any potential trade destination.

Ahead of an expected split with Carmelo Anthony, the Oklahoma City Thunder granted the forward permission to meet with prospective suitors, including the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, in Las Vegas this week, according to an ESPN report Tuesday.

Multiple teams are planning ahead for the summer of 2019 in which the free agent class will be stronger. Obviously, James Harden and Chris Paul are the boosters that make the Rockets fly, but Capela's the third piece that pushes them over the top. It could deliver the team over $100 million in cost savings. The Thunder would likely need to part with draft picks and/or young assets to complete such a move, but it would achieve the goal of lowering the massive luxury tax bill now hanging overhead.

The Rockets are gearing up for a pursuit of Carmelo Anthony by letting one of their best defensive players go.

Green, a native of Houston, signed a 10-day contract with the Rockets on December 28 and ended up staying for the season.

As for Houston, by signing Anthony as a free agent when waived, it stands to get a bargain scorer the Thunder failed to fully unlock last season.

The 34-year-old is coming off his worst season in the National Basketball Association, as he posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season. The 10-year veteran was also a key component in Mike D'Antoni's offense, chipping in 7.5 points per game while shooting 36 percent from beyond the 3-point line.