Finally, the Rockets land Carmelo Anthony

This was a certainty that took a ton of detours. The Houston Rockets have finally officially signed Carmelo Anthony.

The OKC Thunder decided to move on from the OK3 of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Anthony. They traded Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Dennis Schroder in a three-team deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Everyone and their mothers knew that Atlanta wouldn’t be the final stop of Anthony. It was just a short layover on his way to Houston. A few days after the trade was official, the Hawks finalized a buyout with Anthony making the forward a free agent free to sign where ever he wanted.

It took a while but earlier today, Anthony signed his minimum contract with Houston, officially making him a Rocket.

The Rockets shore up their depleted forward rotation after Trevor Ariza left for the Phoenix Suns and Luc Mbah a Moute joined the Clippers. Anthony can play either forward position and be inserted into several lineups of the Rockets.

However, Anthony is coming of a career-low in OKC. He averaged only 16.2 on 40% shooting, the first time he’s averaged below 20 points in his career. There’s also a question of whether Anthony will be comfortable taking a reduced role. There are reports after signing that the Rockets plans to use the former All-Star off the bench.

Everyone knows how Anthony reacted the last time someone brought up the idea of him coming off the bench.

One thing is for sure. The Rockets need all the help they can get to stay on top of the West like they did last season. The Warriors added another All-Star and the Lakers nabbed the King. Houston needs as much firepower as they can muster to fuel their run in the Playoffs.

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