Carmelo Anthony is in his final moments as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sooner rather than later, the Thunder will either trade him, or work to buyout his contract.
The team owes him nearly $28 million next season after the 10-time All-Star decided to opt-in to the final year of his deal. Oklahoma City is reportedly hoping to trade Melo, and several teams have already inquired about the opportunity to offload contracts of their own in a trade.
Once Melo becomes a free agent there are two teams favored to land him. The Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, have already met with Melo.
Woj’s co-worker, Amin Elhassan, thinks Anthony should sign with the Heat. Here’s what he had to say, per Miami Herald.
“The one place that could actually offer him that and the accompanying, ‘hey work, rebound, defend and all the other dirty work’ is Miami. If he buys into the culture, he could [thrive there].”
Elhassan thinks the defense played by Miami’s other starting four will more than make up for what Melo lacks on the defensive side of the ball. He likened the move to James Harden in Houston – where Harden doesn’t have to be an elite defender due to those around him.
Oklahoma City will reportedly make its move soon. Stay tuned for more on Melo.