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Carmelo Anthony is officially a Houston Rocket

Carmelo Anthony officially signed with the Houston Rockets on Monday, in an unsurprising end to weeks of team-shuffling for the 10-time All-Star. Anthony ended last season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but his one-year stint there came to an end last month after he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks waived his rights and allowed him to become a free agent.

Anthony joins his close friend Chris Paul as well as league MVP James Harden in Texas:

ESPN reported Monday that the Rockets "are expected to bring Anthony off the bench this season" — a notorious sticking point for the scoring forward. But whether he might be willing to swallow his pride for a Banana Boat brother — or maybe just in the interest of finally going deep into the playoffs — remains to be seen.