Report: Carmelo Anthony Signs 1-Year, $2.5 Million Deal With Rockets

By Matthew Cardenas on August 15, 2018

It is finally happening. There are no more hoops to jump through. Carmelo Anthony will sign with the Rockets after he has now officially cleared waivers. Anthony was recently involved with a trade involving the Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks bought Anthony out and he gave the organization $2.4 million, which he got reimbursed by the Rockets.

Ep. 88: Grading Rockets Offseason, Over/Unders + Schedule Thoughts

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) grade the Rockets offseason, discuss Las Vegas over/unders for the team, and share their thoughts on the schedule.

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Ep. 87: Sixers Chase Morey, Melo To Sign With HOU, + Clint Capela Re-Signs

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) discuss:

-The Sixers try to hire Daryl Morey
-Carmelo Anthony plans to sign with the Rockets for the minimum
-Clint Capela Re-Signs with the Rockets
-Should the Rockets trade their 1st round pick this year?

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Report: Rockets sign Clint Capela to Five-Year Deal

By Forrest Walker on July 27, 2018

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The Houston Rockets have announced the re-signing of cornerstone center Clint Capela, confirming reports by Jonathan Feigen and Kelly Iko. The deal is reported to be $90 million over five years, with $80 million guaranteed and approximately $10 million in incentives, according to Shams Charania. With this signing, the Rockets have locked down their three best players through 2022, relieving the largest remaining stress for Houston in this offseason.

This deal closely resembles the initial reported offer Houston made to Capela, which can only be seen as a huge win for the Rockets front office, but less exciting for Clint Capela. This number is a few million per year below the max offer he surely would have preferred, but was seemingly unable to get.

There was concern that Capela might take the qualifying offer, seeking greater fortunes next summer. As the weeks dragged by with no progress, money around the league continued to dry up, eventually leaving Capela with no larger offers even possible. This stalemate had remained one of the largest snags in the league over the summer, with the possibility of Capela leaving the team in a year as a very real and chilling possibility for Houston's long-term prospects.

It seems, however, that Capela was the one to blink, taking an offer somewhat below his worth in a less cash-strapped market. Rather than worrying about losing their best young player for nothing, the Rockets are privileged to instead worry about losing money to the luxury tax. This team will be enormously expensive, but if Capela's showing the 2017 playoffs was any indication of future performance, his bill will be easily worth it.

Ep. 86: Mbah a Moute signs with Clippers, Rockets sign James Ennis, + HOU's Pursuit of Melo

Salman Ali (@RedNationHoops) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) discuss Luc Mbah a Moute leaving Houston for L.A., Clint Capela turning down $85 million, the James Ennis signing, and the Rockets' continued pursuit of Carmelo Anthony

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On Houston's Puzzling Pursuit of Carmelo Anthony

By Salman Ali on July 13, 2018
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The Houston Rockets have pursued 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony for a nearly a decade now. At face value, their continued pursuit makes a lot of sense. The Rockets have been an organization that's continued to aggressively pursue a 3rd championship ever since general manager Daryl Morey took over in 2007. Historically, you need star power to win a championship so pursuing Anthony made perfect sense for Houston for a long time.

Report: James Ennis Agrees to Two-Year Deal with the Rockets

By Jorge Flores on July 11, 2018

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a two-year deal with James Ennis, according to Yahoo's Shams Charania. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle confirmed that the deal is for the veteran minimum and that Ennis has a player option on the second year.

After essentially losing its entire Small Forward rotation with the departures of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, the Rockets found themselves scrambling to replace the length, defense and shooting that Ariza and Luc brought to the table last season. James Ennis is known as a good defender and shot 36% from the three point line last season. 

Until a certain Melo-drama plays itself out in Oklahoma City, Ennis is poised to replace Ariza as starting Small Forward on what hopes to be another championship contending team.

Stay tuned to Red Nation Hoops for more from this offseason.