The Rockets should sign Carmelo Anthony, but only under these conditions

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They apparently already have their main target in mind, as they are laser focused on landing Carmelo Anthony the former All-Star parts ways with the Thunder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Rockets are expected to vigorously pursue Anthony to replace Trevor Ariza, who signed with Phoenix.

After following Chris Paul to Houston last summer, Luc Mbah A Moute is reportedly returning to the Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year deal.

Houston is "determined to sign Carmelo Anthony once he becomes free in OKC", Wojnarowski tweeted Monday.

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"Sources told ESPN that the Rockets' initial offer to Capela was in the four-year, $60 million range, with the blossoming star center seeking a deal similar to Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams' four-year, $100 million contract", MacMahon wrote. Thus, Anthony's one-year, $27.9 million expiring contract could be enticing for a team with bad long-term contracts to absorb for a season, even if the team can't fully carve out $27.9 million in space.

Though the Heat would be very open to a trade for Anthony, the Thunder is reportedly looking to shed salary, not add the type of longterm deals that the Heat has been shopping. Wade also remains a possibility for that exception if he chooses to play.

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.

Worryingly, his presence on the court saw the Thunder's team plus/minus rating slide to negative 14.3 during the playoffs.

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