In the off-season, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Carmelo Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks, who immediately waived his contract. After clearing the waivers, Melo was then signed by the Houston Rockets for the veteran's minimum.

With recent news pointing towards the Rockets also waiving Melo, I'm confused as to how Melo would be paid for his contract since it wouldn't have been bought out by any of the teams he was involved with this season.

If I remember correctly, Atlanta still has to pay Melo for the amount his OKC contract was worth even though it doesn't count towards their cap. But if Houston waives him, wouldn't they still have to pay him for that new contract?

Would both Atlanta and Houston need to pay Melo for the contracts they got from the trade/signed him on?

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