Facing a major frontline talent loss, the Rockets are hoping to add four-time US Olympian Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to have his contract bought out by Oklahoma City and become a free agent before the end of next week.
Clint Capela played an important role in the Houston Rockets coming within one win of reaching the 2018 NBA Finals, but it's still uncertain whether he'll return to the Western Conference's No. 1 seed from last season.
Anthony reportedly has met with the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat.
Worryingly, his presence on the court saw the Thunder's team plus/minus rating slide to negative 14.3 during the playoffs.
There you have it.
A move away from the Thunder for Anthony to either the Rockets or the Heat would benefit all parties involved, as the Thunder receive their cost savings, while Melo will get more minutes at either franchise listed as possible destinations. The Sacramento Kings have salary cap space and signed Zach LaVine to an offer sheet, but the Chicago Bulls matched it. 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. ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported Paul and head coach Mike D'Antoni talked with Anthony's camp over the weekend. Swapping Melo for a player (s) of lesser value would also create a trade exception for OKC.
It's a little surprising that Capela has gone this deep into free agency without a contract, but that is most likely related to him being a restricted free agent.