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Predicting What Teams Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony Will Play For In 2018-19

A picture of Kawhi Leonard from behind.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

NBA free agency kicked off with LeBron James announcing his plans to sign a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Since then, the two biggest names getting tossed around in NBA circles are Kawhi Leonard and Carmelo Anthony.

Though not free agents, yet, both could be on the move before the 2018-19 season kicks off. Kawhi Leonard made it known, via his camp, that he wants out of San Antonio.

Meanwhile, Melo opted into the final year of his deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder which will pay him nearly $28 million. The Thunder are working to either trade Anthony, or buyout the final year of his deal.

With those things in mind, it's time to predict where both will play during the 2018-19 season.

Kawhi Leonard

There's a chance Leonard opens the season in a Spurs uniform. However, he's more likely to play for someone else, if Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford are smart.

If Kawhi and the Spurs can't figure out their differences and sign a max deal, Leonard will probably head to the Eastern Conference. The Spurs aren't helping the Lakers become the next Western Conference juggernaut, so the team will consider options from the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, and Toronto Raptors.

All three teams have the young pieces in place to entice the Spurs on a deal. But only one team feels like it's missing the one desired piece to make the play for a title.

Kawhi's landing spot: Philadelphia 76ers

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony's case is much easier. The Thunder are working to either trade Melo, or buy him out. Regardless, he'll become a free agent ahead of the upcoming NBA season. Only two teams have shown immediate interest in the 10-time All-Star according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Houston Rockets and Miami Heat are the two teams interested in acquiring the aging NBA star. Houston will make it happen - Melo and Mike D'Antoni will be reunited.

Melo's landing spot: Houston Rockets

Free agency is still in its infancy as we head into the 2018-19 season. Stay tuned for more free agency madness.