August 13, 2018 / 7:37 PM / in 2 months

Anthony clears waivers, expected to sign with Rockets

Carmelo Anthony cleared waivers on Wednesday, making him a free agent and opening the way for the 34-year-old forward to pursue a deal with the Houston Rockets.

Apr 27, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) walks off the court after losing game six of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The 10-time All-Star is expected to join the Houston Rockets for the veteran minimum contract of $2.4 million.

The Rockets created a roster opening on Wednesday by trading forward Chinanu Onuaku and cash to the Dallas Mavericks for a second-round draft pick in 2020. Onuaku played in six NBA games over the past two seasons and averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds.

Anthony was waived by the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. He has recently been working out with Houston stars James Harden and Chris Paul.

Anthony, who is entering his 16th NBA season, has a career scoring average of 24.1 points per game with the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder. Last season, he averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 32.1 minutes in his lone season for the Thunder.

The Hawks acquired Anthony on July 25 as part of a three-team transaction, with Atlanta also receiving a protected 2022 first-round draft pick from the Thunder and Justin Anderson from the Philadelphia 76ers. To complete the trade, the Hawks traded Mike Muscala to Philadelphia and Dennis Schröder to Oklahoma City, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot moved from Philadelphia to Oklahoma City.

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