Carmelo Anthony's days as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder are numbered. The franchise is reportedly working on a buyout or a stretching of the contract for the 10-time All-Star. OKC needs to get out of its extremely large luxury tax bill and getting Anthony's one-year deal off the books helps that in a major way.
There is significant interest for Anthony on the free agency market. Only two teams are standing out as major contenders to land him, though.
Those two teams: the Houston Rockets and the Miami Heat.
The Rockets are the clear favorite at this point. It's easy to understand why, too. Houston has lost multiple key forwards this summer and Anthony's shooting and scoring ability could be a big plus to a team that might need it.
NBA insider Jordan Schultz reports that league executives feel the Rockets are in "great position" to land Anthony once he's bought out.
"Sources believe the Rockets are in a great position to eventually land Carmelo, in part because Chris Paul — his close friend — can serve as a compass, helping keep Melo on track as a floor-spacing weapon and not the ball-stopping, high volume scorer he was in OKC last year," he reports.
Chris Paul is reportedly advocating for Carmelo to be signed once he's available, too.
"Source close to Chris Paul tells me that CP3 is advocating for the Rockets to acquire his good friend, Carmelo Anthony. Melo, 34, made a career-high 169 3-pointers last season on a career-high 474 attempts (35.7 percent)."
Anthony has long been linked to the Miami Heat, too. However, at this point, if he doesn't land in Houston it'll be a big surprise.