Carmelo Anthony, for the time being, is still a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. But it's just a matter of time before he's either traded or bought out. This week, there's been speculation that he could land on a number of different teams - the Rockets, Lakers, 76ers and Heat.
One columnist down in Miami - Greg Cote of the Miami Herald - doesn't think that Anthony heading to the Heat makes too much sense. He acknowledges that he understands why head coach Erik Spoelstra is interested - that Anthony is a superstar who can score the ball from anywhere - but he still doesn't think it's a fit.
Cote thinks that playing Anthony would stunt the growth of some of their younger players, too.
Anthony is 34. He is a defensive liability and his conditioning has been an issue at times — both at odds with the Heat's self-described culture. His shooting touch has been steadily declining to last year's career-low 40.4 percent. Finding minutes and shots for him would come at the expense of Justise Winslow's continued development. Guys such as Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson also are pretty solid at the role Anthony would come into.
Melo doesn't seem to fit here, in other words.
Cote, in addition to writing for the Miami Herald, regularly appears on the Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz on ESPN.
Anthony could certainly head to Miami, but he'd make a lot more sense for Rockets, Lakers or 76ers - all of which are closer to winning an NBA title than the Heat. Anthony has never won a championship, and if he wants to cross it off the list, he's running out of time.
Smart money, right now, is on the Rockets. We'll see if it comes to fruition.