It was reported last week the Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony were not destined to stay together long-term as the two sides were working on a move to part ways, setting up a situation where Anthony would become an unrestricted free agent. A handful of teams will be interested should that happen and among them are now the Philadelphia 76ers.
Anthony opted into his $27.9 million player option for the 2018-19 season with the Thunder despite not being comfortable with his role on the team and at his salary, Anthony was too expensive an option for many NBA teams. At a lower price point, he could be an attractive option for a number of franchises and rumors have already surfaced the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and, now, Philadelphia 76ers would have interest.
A buyout of Anthony's contract would save the OKC Thunder more than $100 million and since the team is well into the luxury-tax and looking at serious salary penalties because of it, for the organization, it makes sense to move on. Since Anthony didn't find chemistry with stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook, the decision to say goodbye to Anthony became even easier.
But, the question becomes, why the 76ers?
Philadelphia made a number of moves since the opening of free agency including signing Marco Bellineli, trading for Wilson Chandler and signing Amir Johnson. Their roster is full of strong players that will make them a contender this season and they are short on cap space meaning Carmelo would have to sign for the league minimum— not something he's likely expected to do. He would probably be asked to accept a lesser role and he's already balked at that notion with Oklahoma. Again, why would he accept such a role in Philly?
While the 34-year-old had a poor season, there are better fits and the idea of signing with LeBron in LA or that he'll go to Houston after the team lost Trevor Ariza makes more sense.
Should he choose the 76ers, it would be expected that the organization would have to make some moves as a result.