Carmelo Anthony doesn't have any grudges with Rockets' Mike D'Antoni

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NBA free agency 2018: Rockets 'strong front-runners' to land Carmelo Anthony once he leaves Thunder, per report

You might then that it's odd that the Rockets would be interested in acquiring Melo despite his past relationship with D'Antoni.

Carmelo Anthony will not be on the Thunder next season, but it's unclear how they will part ways with the forward.

The Thunder would have to attach multiple assets to Anthony to incentivize a team to take on his $28 million salary. Houston has recently emerged as "strong frontrunners" to sign Anthony after Oklahoma City releases him. D'Antoni and Anthony didn't see eye to eye during their time with the New York Knicks but the coach "would be fine with Anthony coming to Houston", according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.

When reports surfaced earlier this week that Miami had already met with Anthony in Las Vegas, there was considerable hope he might come to South Beach.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets "plan to ramp up a pursuit of Carmelo Anthony", after free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, and Trevor Ariza reached a one-year $15 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.

The 34-year-old is coming off his worst season in the National Basketball Association, as he posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season.

The 10-time All-Star averaged 16.2 points on 40.4-percent shooting.

Stein adds regardless of whether the Rockets find a "complicated trade" or go through the buyout route, Anthony is expected to become a free agent and the Rockets are favored to sign him once he clears waivers.

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