Lakers do not plan to waive any players to add Carmelo Anthony

Lakers do not plan to waive any players to add Carmelo Anthony

The deal provides the Rockets with luxury tax relief. Born in Serbia, Dragicevic was playing for one of the top teams there when the Jazz drafted him with the 53rd overall pick in 2008. Melo played in just 10 games with the Rockets before Houston decided the experiment was not going to work out. Anthony won't play a game in a Bulls jersey, as Chicago is at the beginning stages of a rebuild and doesn't have any need for a veteran power forward.

Obviously, the real gain for Houston is that they cut their luxury tax bill by $2.6 million by trading Anthony instead of waiving him.

This move is just the Rockets clearing the roster space. That open spot could be used to sign Nunnally to another 10-day contract or it could be used for a different player.

The Bulls finally acquired Carmelo Anthony.

When that comes - the only reason why it didn't happen Monday is because the National Basketball Association office was closed to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday - Anthony will have a new team, though still won't be back on the floor.

"We just had to see how things worked out", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said in November when the team said it was parting ways with Anthony.

The Bulls attempted to sign Anthony during free agency in 2014.

Ultimately, this trade was great for all parties involved.

According to Wojnarowski, the Lakers maintain interest in Anthony, but do not want to waive a guaranteed player to create a roster spot for him.

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