After the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Carmelo Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks, the Hawks decided to buyout his contract. Because of this, Carmelo Anthony is expected to sign with the Houston Rockets to a one-year deal worth $2.4 million.
The Houston Rockets won 65 games last season and they had the best record in the NBA. The Rockets were one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals last season and they would have knocked off the Golden State Warriors if Chris Paul didn't hurt his hamstring. Paul and James Harden will be happy that Carmelo Anthony signed with them.
Anthony will replace Trevor Ariza. Carmelo is a better scorer than Ariza is, but Anthony is not a better defender than Trevor was. Carmelo averaged 16.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 0.6 SPG, in 78 games last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He is 34 years old and Carmelo Anthony's time of winning an NBA championship in his NBA career, is running out. He has only been to the conference finals once in his career and that was back in 2009 with the Denver Nuggets.
Anthony was the third option with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season and he is going to have to accept that role once again with the Houston Rockets this season. Head coach Mike D'Antoni coached Carmelo Anthony once before with the New York Knicks. D'Antoni didn't like coaching him then and in order to for Houston to dethrone Golden State, he is going to have to like coaching Carmelo Anthony.
The Houston Rockets also have no choice, but to re-sign center Clint Capela to have any chance. He is there one true rim protector. They already lost Luc Mbah a Moute to the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency.
Having three all-stars on the roster is very good for the Houston Rockets, but it may not even be enough to beat the Golden State Warriors. They have five all-stars on there roster now because they signed center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year deal.
Even though Golden State will most likely win the championship again next season, the Houston Rockets have a chance because they have a better bench than the Golden State Warriors do, but it may not even matter because of the loaded starting lineup the Warriors have.
Even though the Rockets only signed Carmelo Anthony to a one-year deal, it could prove large in the end because even though he doesn't bring a great defensive game with him, maybe Carmelo Anthony can turn back the clock and score lights out.