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Anthony Ready for Lift off in Houston

The Houston Rockets have bolstered their roster ahead of the 2018/19 NBA season by landing 10-time All Star Carmelo Anthony on a one-year contract.

The two parties have been in talks for the past week and finally reached a successful resolution on Monday, Anthony signing a short-term deal worth a reported $2.4million.

The 34-year-old had been a free agent having been on the books of the Oklahoma City Thunder last season before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks took the decision to release ‘Melo’ in July and he will now look to get his career back on track after a difficult 12 months in Oklahoma.

Anthony recorded a career-low average of 16.2 points per game with the Thunder, who gradually reduced his role in the team as the season went on.

Having barely featured during the play-off series loss to the Utah Jazz, Anthony opted to accept his release and will now be lining up with Western Conference contenders Houston.

The three-time Olympic champion is one of just three players still active to boast career game averages of at least 24 points, six rebounds and three assists, the others being Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

Anthony fills a major need for Houston at forward after the team lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute during free agency.

Houston will hope they can reignite Anthony’s fire as they seek to build on last season’s run to the Western Conference finals.

The Rockets were narrowly edged out 4-3 by eventual champions Golden State Warriors but have retained the services of James Harden and Chris Paul for another crack at glory.

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