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Rockets Become Front-Runners to Sign Melo

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After missing out on re-signing forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, who left Houston for the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers respectively, are looking to add former all-star Carmelo Anthony, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Anthony, who averaged 16.2 points per game last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, will reportedly part ways at some point this summer, according to Wojnarowski.

Anthony would fit in nicely alongside Chris Paul and James Harden as a catch-and-shoot option. The Rockets are all-in for shooting threes, shattering the league record for attempted three-pointers last season. While Melo did average a career-low last season, he still shot a respectable 36 percent from downtown.

Anthony will certainly be a defensive liability, as shown with the Thunder this past season, where he was unplayable during late-game stretches. Houston’s sixth ranked defense would most likely take a slide, but replacing both Ariza and Mbah a Moute while retaining their stingy defensive would be a challenge no matter who they brought in. The ten-time all-star could be a solid third scoring pickup for the Rockets, where he would reunite with former head coach Mike D’Antoni.

For his career, Anthony has averaged 24.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

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