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Adrian Wojnarowski: These 3 Teams Are Interested In Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony on the Thunder.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 13: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches on against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on January 13, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony's time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder is reportedly coming to an end, just one year after he was traded by the New York Knicks. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Thunder are planning to "part ways" with Anthony.

Melo opted into the final year of his deal with the Thunder early this month. The former Syracuse star was set to earn $27.9 million during the 2018-19 campaign.

However, after signing Jerami Grant and and Paul George to significant contracts, the Thunder were facing a massive $300 million payroll. By jettisoning Melo via trade or the stretch provision the Thunder could save $100 million.

But are there any suitors for the offensive oriented Anthony? According to Adrian Wojnarowski, there are three teams expected to have interest.

The Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat could all make a run at Melo.

Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, would be pursued vigorously among contenders on the free-agent market. The Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are among multiple teams expected to express interest in Anthony, sources tell ESPN.

The Lakers are currently the favorites to land Anthony, which would make him the second member of the banana boat to join the team this offseason - LeBron James was the other, if you haven't heard by now.

If Melo joins the Lakers, half of the banana boat crew would be in L.A., leaving Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul as the other two members not on the squad.

Stay tuned for more free agency drama.