Carmelo Anthony Verbally Commits to Houston

Reading Time: 3 minutes

In a move that really won’t shock anyone, Carmelo Anthony has verbally agreed to join the Houston Rockets for the 2018/19 NBA season.

The 34-year-old was traded to Atlanta for Dennis Schröder before being waived by the Hawks, making him an unrestricted free agent.

While Anthony will still be paid near $28million from the Oklahoma City Thunder, he will likely sign a veteran minimum contract with the Rockets after Daryl Morey resigned Clint Capela in late July.

The move will see the 6’8″ wing slide into the starting lineup to replace Trevor Ariza, and this is where the problems start for Houston.

While Ariza was never a substantial scoring threat, his ability to knock down the three-point shot was integral to their offence. He shot 37 per cent from deep last season, attempting nearly seven per game.

Additionally, Ariza was a fantastic catch-and-shoot wing who greatly benefitted from the Harden/Capela pick and roll pairing.

As the defence collapsed, Ariza was left wide open, allowing him to knock down 40 per cent of his catch-and-shoot points. If the defender stayed with Ariza, it would give Harden and Capela free reign to attack the basket how they please.

And this is all on one side of the ball, despite falling off towards the end of the season, Ariza is absolutely an above-average to great defender and was a crucial piece for the Rockets defensively.

Ariza was third on the team in steals and regularly trusted to defend the opposing team’s best player – be it LeBron, Durant, or even Anthony Davis.

This move from the Rockets is indicative that they’re willing to forfeit the NBA’s sixth-best defence in order to try and outgun the Golden State Warriors, albeit with a player who just posted a career low in points and refuses to come off the bench.

Coming off the bench would be beneficial for both parties as the Rockets’ second unit desperately need a scoring punch while giving Anthony the usage rate he craves.

Also Read:  In Case You Missed It: NBA Tip-Off

The small forward didn’t exactly have a fantastic run with the Thunder as he played third wheel to Russell Westbrook and Paul George, as he posted career lows in minutes, field goals, free throw attempts and overall field goal percentage.

Not quite the memorable season Carmelo was after, but in an interview with Jemele Hill of The Undefeated, Melo explained his psyche after a disappointing season.

“I was more hurt because a lot of people just take the last six months. That’s what you start to become. That becomes your story. For me, out of all the work I put in the NBA — wins, losses, points scored, whatever — to be judged off of six months of a year overshadowed 15 years of what you’ve accomplished. That’s the hurtful part.”

But Anthony starting games alongside Harden and Chris Paul could cause some significant spacing issues.

While Carmelo has been inefficient from behind the arc, it hasn’t been from a lack of trying. This season he attempted 6.1 threes per game, the second highest number of his career.

The 10-time NBA All-Star could fit into the Rockets system well, but he’ll need to be punishing teams from the very start of the season.

As soon as any team notices that he’s in a slump, expect more double-teams to trouble CP3 and Harden when they’re on the ball.

Another aspect to consider is how much of the ball Carmelo is going to demand and how much CP3 is willing to let him have.

Do you pass it to an aging 34-year-old who just had the worst season of his career? Or the reigning MVP of the league?

Check out all the latest NBA news here and let me know your thoughts on Melo’s move on Twitter.

Sebastian Quinn
Sports Journalist
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

2020 NBA Western Conference Finals: A Victor Emerges

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets will meet for the second time in the NBA Western Conference Finals. The Lakers managed to breeze through Portland and Houston in the first two rounds, while Denver has proven themselves to be true underdogs, coming back from a 3-1 deficit against Utah and the L.A. Clippers. Will the Lakers blow past the Nuggets, or will Denver pull off another unimaginable moment in the playoffs?   Point Guard:...

Why Did the Clippers Fail in the NBA Playoffs?

Lets make one thing clear; the Nuggets won that series because they were a better team than the Clippers. They outplayed the Clippers in the NBA playoffs, plain and simple. Yes the Clippers did underperform, it was due to the Nuggets were elite. They were one of the hottest teams in the bubble and they've gotten it done. Jamal Murray has developed into an elite scorer, the Joker has kept up his elite play, and...

Leinster VS Ulster: Pro 14 Champions Final 2020

The annual Pro 14 tournament was wrapped up as the final whistle blew at The Aviva Stadium in Dublin this past weekend. Leinster reigned in as the Pro 14 Champions 2020 against an enthusiastic Ulster team, winning 27-5, to become the first side ever to win three consecutive Pro 14 titles. The Dublin side held their remarkable reputation as the most successful provincial Irish rugby sides following their victory on Saturday, and have once again...

Premier League Opening Week Wrap Up: Rodriguez, Leeds impress; Vardy picks up from last season

A thrilling opening weekend clash between defending champions Liverpool and the newly promoted side Leeds United reminded the world what it was missing as the coronavirus disappointment continued all across the globe. Packed inside the house due to safety concerns, the return of Premier League after 47 days brought huge cheers to the face of the fans. It was not just the return of the league, but the manner in which it returned, that had...

MLB Recap: 2nd No-Hitter, Rising Stars and Legends make History

The 13th of September was a busy day in the MLB. There are young players who are turning heads, records being broken and history being made. There were a total of 17 games played today across the league, so we have a lot to unpack.
Also Read:  Fantasy Basketball: The Best Draft Pick Techniques You Should Know
The Giants and Padres played a doubleheader today, because they had to make up a game from September 11th due to a false positive COVID-19 test. The Padres took game...

2020 NBA Playoff Preview: A Winner Will Emerge In The Eastern Conference Finals

The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics are set to clash for the second time in the Eastern Conference Finals. The path for both teams reaching this stage in the playoffs are very different. Miami has blazed through the postseason, having swept the Indiana Pacers in the first round and knocking off the number one seed in the East in the Milwaukee Bucks in five games. The Boston Celtics also dominated in the first round...

The Luisito Impact: How The Suarez Saga Is Shaking Up The Transfer Market

While Juventus are hoping to secure the services of Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, a whole host of top European clubs are eagerly awaiting to find out whether this deal will go through or not, as the speculation surrounding the Uruguayan Legend's future has shook up the entire transfer market.  So how is Luis Suarez holding the key for several other strikers transfer deals? And who are the clubs involved in this game of Domino?  A Golden...

Is This the Year of the Lakers? Three Reasons Why

When the NBA Western Conference Finals commence next week, the Los Angeles Lakers are likely to face their crosstown rivals the Clippers.  While both teams share their regular-season home arena the Staples Center, this potential series will have a similar feel since both the Lakers and Clippers will be sharing an arena in Orlando as the site for this series. Many NBA pundits had accurately predicted a Lakers-Clippers conference final as early as July 2019,...

Tuscan GP: Previewing F1 Mugello

Race preview  This week its the 1000 race for Ferrari its a big week for the Italian team. So they changed the car's livery and the driver's suits. It has also been proving to be a fast circuit with many flat corners.  With only one DRS zone, this track is going to be hard to overtake other drivers. But with people who love fast cars and fast racing, this circuit is perfect for us.  Biggest Surprise  I think...

Who In The World Is Arnold Cream?

"Who in The World Is Arnold Cream?" Arnold Raymond Cream. Say that name in a room full of casual boxing fans and it probably wouldn't cause so much as a ripple. But mention that same name in a group of vested fans and pundits alike, and you'll hear at least a half dozen voices yell out appreciatively, "Jersey Joe Walcott" while the rest of the heads nod up and down with quiet admiration; perhaps tinged...

Social Connect


Recent Comments

Trending Now

Why Did the Clippers Fail in the NBA Playoffs?

Lets make one thing clear; the Nuggets won that series because they were a better team than the Clippers. They outplayed the Clippers in the...
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x