Carmelo Anthony To Meet With Multiple Teams Before OKC Exit

Per a report by ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski, Carmelo Anthony has met with NBA teams in preparation for his eventual exit from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

As rumors swirl regarding where Anthony will end up, and as the Thunder and Anthony try to work out the details that will see OKC remove over $100 million in cap space by ridding the team of his contract, the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, among others, are speculated to have had or have conversations with the disgruntled forward.

A precise timetable for Anthony's departure is not yet clear but most believe that while a trade is possible, the team will likely buy out his contract and eventually, Anthony will wind up considering the Heat, 76ers, Lakers, and Rockets, with Houston being the favorite at this stage in the negotiations. Wojnarowski also reported the Thunder are considering trading Anthony to a team that would immediately waive him, thus making him a free agent.


Apr 7, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after a play during the first half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony opted back into his contract with the Thunder to ensure financial security but it was assumed his stay in Oklahoma would be limited to last season where he failed to find chemistry with stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. The three were meant to be the start of an NBA super team but Melo ended up playing in a reduced role and one he wasn't at all comfortable with. Anthony made it clear at his end-of-season press conference, he wouldn't be willing to step aside again.

While Anthony will do his due diligence and try to find the best fit for what he wants this upcoming season, Houston is being considered the favorite to land Anthony based on their immediate need for a forward. After losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency they also potentially present the best option for him to play the style he's accustomed to.


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