Chris Paul wants to ‘Big Three’ the Rockets by adding Carmelo Anthony

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Ariza joined the Phoenix Suns on a one-year, $15 million deal earlier this month, more than double the salary he made last season.

Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony (7) holds the ball as Houston's PJ Tucker (4) defends during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.

It does not appear as though restricted free agent Clint Capela and the Houston Rockets are anywhere close to a contract agreement. The Rockets have now lost two of their most effective wings in Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza, making Melo a much better fit than he was previously. Wojnarowski added Carmelo is "determined" to sign with Houston once he hits free agency.

In order to lessen their luxury tax burden, the Thunder are expected to cut ties with Anthony this summer after just one season. Thus, Anthony's one-year, $27.9 million expiring contract could be enticing for a team with bad long-term contracts to absorb for a season, even if the team can't fully carve out $27.9 million in space.

James's Los Angeles Lakers could also offer Anthony a possible way out of Oklahoma while remaining Banana Boat buddy Wade would also relish the chance to play alongside the former Denver Nugget in South Beach. The team has little wiggle room with the salary cap, especially after keeping Paul with a new contract. Along with playing no defense, his relationship with head coach Mike D'Antoni has a messy past.

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