Cameroonian free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute has agreed to a one-year National Basketball Association deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN reported Monday, pushing the Houston Rockets to pursue Carmelo Anthony.
A league source confirmed the meeting. Certainly sounds like there will be movement on this sooner rather than later, doesn't it? He may be even more motivated to do that if reaches a buyout agreement with the Thunder. The Sacramento Kings have salary cap space and signed Zach LaVine to an offer sheet, but the Chicago Bulls matched it. The Thunder would likely need to part with draft picks and/or young assets to complete such a move, but it would achieve the goal of lowering the massive luxury tax bill now hanging overhead. Wade also remains a possibility for that exception if he chooses to play. Considering the ball-dominant players that he played alongside last season, Anthony's numbers would likely improve on a Miami roster that has a plethora of solid contributors, but few fully-fledged stars.
If Anthony were to end up in Miami, it would add a scoring punch to a team that finished sixth in the Eastern Conference previous year.
In order to lessen their luxury tax burden, the Thunder are expected to cut ties with Anthony this summer after just one season.
A move to Houston would see Anthony link up with close friend Chris Paul, part of the so-called "Banana Boat" crew along with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. This chapter should come to its unceremonious ending in short order.