Carmelo Anthony is coming off of what was likely his worst NBA season in 2017-18. However, some teams still covet the 10-time All-Star.
Anthony is expected to be bought out or traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder. That would free up teams to sign him to a pretty team-friendly deal.
A few contenders have been floated, including the Houston Rockets, who are considered the favorites. He is very close with Chris Paul, and if he is willing to come off the bench, could add some serious scoring punch to the roster, especially after losing forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in recent weeks.
The Philadelphia 76ers have also been discussed as a possibility. Another team that Anthony has reportedly met with: the Miami Heat.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, considered one of the top coaches in the NBA, wants to bring in Carmelo Anthony.
‘Melo could probably start in Miami, which could give it an edge over the Rockets. He was reluctant to come off of the bench with the Thunder, even amid serious struggles.
However, heading to Miami might bring another change: he’d best fit at the power forward spot. From Woj’s report:
The Rockets lost forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency, clearing the way for a greater opportunity for Anthony to impact the team. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has been a strong advocate of signing Anthony, who could play a major role for the Heat at power forward.
Miami would let ‘Melo play with another banana boat friend, Dwyane Wade, if he stays with his long-time club. The Heat could also be a playoff team once again, though they are probably not a contender to go much farther than a round or two.
If Anthony can transform his game at age 34 and become a really strong role player, some team could get a bargain. Even if he winds up being closer to the 2017-18 version, he is still worth the gamble at a low price point.