The Brooklyn Nets officially waived forward/center Kenneth Faried on Saturday, which may expedite the process for Carmelo Anthony to be traded.
The Houston Rockets are expected to sign Faried and insert him into the lineup immediately, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but must open up a roster spot by 5 p.m. ET on Monday to do so.
While Anthony has not played for the Rockets since Nov. 8, he is still under contract and Houston is "aggressively working" to trade the 34-year-old forward by that deadline, according to Wojnarowski, who also added on Saturday that they do not plan to waive Anthony.
The former Knicks All-Star reportedly has "multiple options," and expects to be dealt by the Feb. 7 trade deadline.
The Rockets would have to deal Anthony to a team with an open roster spot -- which the Nets now have -- or they could waive somebody else, such as James Nunnally, in order to make room for Faried.
The Nets signed the 29-year-old in July but he played in just 12 games and averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game.
The Rockets had interest in Faried after losing center Clint Capela, who will miss several weeks due to surgery on his right thumb.
Faried's $13.7 million salary is expected to clear waivers by Monday.