Carmelo’s Next Team? Rockets Favored to Land Anthony
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony
- With Carmelo Anthony all but certain to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, oddsmakers have set prices for his next destination.
- The Rockets (+140) are favored, with the Heat (+175) following close behind.
- Joining LeBron in LA is the third most likely option, but at +600, it’s not all that likely.
The NBA, where there’s always something exciting going on in the offseason! LeBron is a Laker, Boogie has made the Warriors even more of a superteam and now Carmelo Anthony wants out of OKC.
The latest hubbub from Adrian Wojnarowski and other NBA scribes is that the Rockets will be trying hard to land the 34-year-old forward after the departures of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute.
ESPN story on OKC’s Carmelo Anthony granted permission to meet with Rockets and Heat, a prelude to his imminent departure. https://t.co/70QPXVmiWx
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 10, 2018
Oddsmakers agree that Houston is his most likely landing spot, but not overwhelmingly so.
Many people blabbing on Twitter believe that Anthony would not be a good fit for Houston despite the Rockets’ desire for him. His role would be fairly similar to his one in Oklahoma City, where he played third fiddle to Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
Houston’s drive-and-dish, 3-point-chucking style would require Anthony to be a spot-up shooter of sorts following a season in which he posted the lowest field-goal percentage of his career.
Among the other unlikely choices are Boston, Philadelphia and Golden State. That’s just what the Warriors need … a past-the-expiration-date chucker who’s good only in the Olympics or in a hoodie. I suppose that’s why they’re listed at +2500.