Chris Paul wants to ‘Big Three’ the Rockets by adding Carmelo Anthony

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Chris Paul wants to ‘Big Three’ the Rockets by adding Carmelo Anthony

The Rockets are gearing up for a pursuit of Carmelo Anthony by letting one of their best defensive players go.

Given the recent news that Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder are planning to part ways this summer, attention has shifted to his next destination. Wojnarowski added Carmelo is "determined" to sign with Houston once he hits free agency.

Anthony, 34, still has a no-trade clause that must be waived if he wants to facilitate a trade out of Oklahoma City before next season. Fortunately, Anthony won't command anywhere near the $27.9 million that OKC will owe him next season.

Wojnarowski reports that the Thunder could stretch Anthony's contract out within the next 7-10 days if a trade doesn't materialize.

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.

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.

Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role. What could make a trade easier, however, is if Anthony and his representation knew he was going to immediately be waived by the team which traded for him, thus making him eligible to sign with Houston, or even Miami and the Los Angeles Lakers, who are also reportedly interested in the 15-year veteran.

The Rockets also have similar vehicles to sign Anthony.

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