Carmelo Anthony says he has ‘a clearer understanding' of his role with Rockets

Carmelo Anthony will be in a new role with the Rockets.

The 34-year-old forward, who has started every game of his NBA career, agreed to a deal with Houston in mid-August after he received a buyout from the Hawks. But he is expected to come off the bench when the team opens the regular season Wednesday against the Pelicans.

Anthony told ESPN everyone in Houston is “on the same page” heading into 2018-19.

“I know what I still can do and what I still have,” Anthony said. “So, my confidence from that standpoint, yeah, I always have to say, ‘I don’t want to come off the bench.’”

“But knowing that ahead of time and having those conversations and going game-to-game and understanding, ‘OK, we might need you to do this tonight. We might need you to do that tonight,’ I have a clearer understanding of what my role is.”

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 lone season with Oklahoma City in 2017-18.

Anthony said he thinks he’s a “natural fit” in Houston.

“This is a very unique and special opportunity, for me as an individual,” Anthony said. “To be part of a team who already has some success, and to come in and be a part of that and have (an) opportunity to kind of help this and take it to the next level, and hopefully win a championship. That gives you a different motivation.”