Same story, different outcome? Carmelo Anthony to Houston more of a reality than last offseason

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What to know about Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony's lone season with the Oklahoma City Thunder had its ups and downs. While the team won 48 games and reached the NBA Playoffs, it was felt by many the team underachieved after a first-round exit.

Anthony saw his role diminish. He averaged career lows in points, field goal attempts and field goal percentage. Anthony opted into the final year of his contract worth $28 million. Soon after, though, reports had him and the Thunder parting ways through a possible buyout.

One of the teams reported to make a run at Anthony and his services are the Rockets. He has been on the Rockets' radar in recent years.

A report came out saying the two sides met in Las Vegas, where the NBA Summer League is currently taking place. Thunder management gave Anthony permission to speak with other teams, including the Miami Heat.

A wing player has become a priority for the Rockets after losing Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza in the early stages of free agency. Those two were key contributors to the Rockets having one of the top defenses last season.

Anthony has history with Rockets guard Chris Paul, who just inked a new long-term contract with the organization. Those two are part of the famous "banana boat" along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

James recently announced his signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. They are also a possible destination for Anthony.

Can Daryl Morey and company pull off another star name in free agency? Only time will tell.
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