Chris Paul on Carmelo Anthony joining Rockets: ‘It's always nice to play with a guy that you're that close with’

Chris Paul is excited to play with his friend Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony verbally agreed to a deal with the Rockets this week after he received a buyout from the Hawks, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. Paul, who signed a four-year contract extension with Houston in July, discussed the addition of Anthony in an interview with NBA TV on Friday.

“Melo, like a lot of the guys on the team, we always play like we have something to prove,” Paul said in the interview. “And obviously the friendship, brotherhood that Melo and I share. It’s always nice to play with a guy that you’re that close with.”

Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, was traded from the Thunder to Atlanta in exchange for guard Dennis Schroder in late July. He hit just 40.2 percent of his shots and averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game during his one season with Oklahoma City in 2017-18.

The Rockets finished last season with a 65-17 record and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they fell to the Warriors in seven games.

Houston has reportedly inquired about a potential deal for Cavaliers guard JR Smith. They are also interested in acquiring Hawks wing Kent Bazemore, according to multiple reports.

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