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

Rockets lose Cameroon’s Mbah a Moute, seek Carmelo—report

Luc Mbah a Moute, who averaged almost 20 minutes per game over two seasons with the Clippers before heading to the Houston Rockets, has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million deal to return to Los Angeles. ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported Paul and head coach Mike D'Antoni talked with Anthony's camp over the weekend.

They've already lost two of their top eight scorers, including a starter in Ariza, so they can't be choosy over who they sign if they want to improve upon their team-record 65 victories last season.

According to Wojnarowski, the Thunder have begun exploring trades where Anthony could be moved as an expiring contract and be waived, becoming a free agent once his $27.9 million clears waivers.

And 33-year-old Paul, who signed a lucrative four-year $160m extension with the Rockets this summer, is believed to be pressing general manger Daryl Morey to chase Anthony's signature.

Carmelo Anthony might find a new team sooner rather than later. Wade also remains a possibility for that exception if he chooses to play. The Lakers also have been mentioned as a possibility but reportedly have not met with Anthony.

Last season, his first with the OKC Thunder, Anthony averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

The 10-time All-Star shot 35.7 per cent on three-pointers past year, failing to increase his efficiency from the previous season, 34.7 per cent, despite playing alongside Paul George and Russell Westbrook. Mbah A Moute had a one-year deal last year with the Rockets worth $2.1 million.

Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role.

Anthony is a natural small forward but at this stage of his career would be vulnerable defensively against some small forwards, though James Johnson could pick up some of those assignments if Anthony were to be paired with Whiteside and Johnson at times.

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