Rockets Favorite For Carmelo Anthony; 76ers, Lakers Also In Mix

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

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

Cameroonian free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute has agreed to a one-year National Basketball Association deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN reported Monday, pushing the Houston Rockets to pursue Carmelo Anthony.

Despite a poor year in Oklahoma City, during which the four-time Olympic gold medallist nearly became unplayable during the Thunder's miserable first-round playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, there are no shortage of teams reportedly interested in acquiring him.

Rockets lose two forwards now - including Ariza - from NBA's best regular season team.

With 11 players on the roster, the Rockets' payroll stands at $118.5 million, approximately $5.2 million shy of the luxury tax. The Miami Heat are also reportedly interested in adding Anthony.

The Rockets again will have to make up for losing him.

After a sub-par 1st season with the OKC Thunder - Carmelo Anthony chose to give it one more go with the team by opting into his contract that would pay him $27.9 million.

Instead, while still trying to get a deal with Capela, the Rockets will be trying to make up for summer losses with their "run it back" plan taking a second significant hit. It could deliver the team over $100 million in cost savings.

First-year owner Tilman Fertitta adamantly stated that the NBA's luxury tax is not influencing the Houston Rockets' offseason decisions.

With Anthony having opted into the final year of his contract for $28 million, the Thunder are reportedly exploring options to jettison him and diminish what would be a record tax bill. Despite his defensive limitations, Anthony shot 37.2 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in his lone season with the Thunder, and made a career-high 169 3-pointers.

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