Rockets lose Cameroon’s Mbah a Moute, seek Carmelo

11 July, 2018, 09:45 | Author: Marlene Myers
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Despite a poor year in Oklahoma City, during which the four-time Olympic gold medallist nearly became unplayable during the Thunder's miserable first-round playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, there are no shortage of teams reportedly interested in acquiring him.

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. Further reports have now suggested we're moving closer to that eventuality.

Led by James Harden and Chris Paul, the Rockets had the NBA's best record in 2017-18 and fell to the Golden State Warriors in seven games in the Western Conference finals.

Now they are faced with the loss of two forwards in Mbah a Moute, who came to the Rockets last year from the Clippers and will return for $4.3 million, and Trevor Ariza, who signed a one-year deal with Phoenix last week worth $15 million.

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Veteran Gerald Green has signed a contract to remain with the Houston Rockets, the team announced Tuesday. He is coming off of a career season, where he averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. However, at this stage of free agency, the Rockets can't be extremely picky about who they sign despite Melo's poor numbers.

Oklahoma City needs Anthony to waive his no-trade clause to allow him to leave.

As Wojnarowski alludes to, the Thunder is most likely to find a trade that would send Anthony somewhere he would ultimately be waived, thus giving him the freedom to choose his preferred destination as a free agent on the open market.

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