Rockets targeting Anthony after losing Mbah a Moute

Carmelo Anthony is currently being pursued by the Houston Rockets. (Reuters pic)

HOUSTON: The Houston Rockets are now determined to sign forward Carmelo Anthony after forward Luc Mbah a Moute joined the Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year, US$4.3 million (RM17.3 million) deal on Monday, according to an ESPN report.

Anthony is currently a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the two sides are reportedly working on parting ways, whether through a trade, a buyout, or waiving via the stretch provision. Anthony is likely to become a free agent even if he is traded, as his new team would likely waive him.

Multiple reports on Sunday said Rockets guard Chris Paul wants Anthony, a good friend of his, to join the Rockets, while Anthony is also believed to have interest in joining LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Miami Heat are also reportedly interested in adding Anthony.

Mbah a Moute spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with the Clippers before joining the Rockets last season. The 31-year-old averaged 7.5 points, three rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 25.6 minutes per game across 61 games (15 starts) in Houston. Between him and Trevor Ariza, the Rockets have lost two small forwards and two of their best defenders to free agency.