Carmelo Anthony has reportedly been receiving significant interest from several NBA teams, as the Oklahoma City Thunder forward is set to hit the free agency market at some point in the near future. OKC is reportedly working on either buying him out or stretching his contract. Anthony has one year and roughly $27 million left on his deal.
There appear to only be two serious suitors for Anthony's services, though. These two teams present Anthony with fairly different opportunities.
Carmelo, according to reports, will basically be deciding between the Houston Rockets and the Miami Heat.
The Rockets present Anthony with a chance to contend for an NBA championship. He could start at small forward in Houston, but it's also possible he could come off the bench and lead the team's second unit.
Miami, meanwhile, could make Anthony its featured scorer. No one on the Heat's roster possesses more offensive talent than Carmelo. That, obviously, would not be the case in Houston, which has an MVP in James Harden and an All-Star point guard in Chris Paul.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Anthony has already met with the two NBA teams.
"In advance of an inevitable -- if not imminent -- parting, the Oklahoma City Thunder granted Carmelo Anthony permission to meet with prospective teams, including the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, league sources told ESPN.
Anthony and his representatives met with Rockets and Heat officials at the site of the NBA Summer League in recent days, league sources told ESPN," Woj reports.
A resolution on the Anthony situation is likely to come soon. The Rockets are believed to be the favorite, though the Heat are still a contender.