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There's A Surprise Team In The Mix That Could Sign Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony's time in Oklahoma City is about to be up, and many are wondering where the 10-time All-Star could be headed next as he tries to earn that elusive NBA championship. According to ESPN, there are at least three teams in the mix - and one of them is somewhat of a surprise.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday afternoon that Anthony, via either buyout or trade, will have "multiple" suitors. Three of those teams are the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat.

The Rockets make sense - they're a legit contender that needs one or two more pieces to compete with the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers, because of the LeBron James friendship aspect, also make some sense. The Heat are the surprise, if you ask me.

Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, would be pursued vigorously among contenders on the free-agent market. The Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are among multiple teams expected to express interest in Anthony, sources tell ESPN.

Yes, Dwyane Wade is also friends with Anthony. But at the moment, nobody is sure whether Wade is even going to play another season. Even if he does, the combo of Wade and Anthony, at this point, isn't going to lead to the team being contenders - even in the Eastern Conference.

Perhaps Anthony, via free agency, could make more money in Miami. But if he really wants to win a ring, it isn't a move that makes a ton of sense.

My guess? Carmelo winds up on the Rockets, coming off the bench for an extra scoring punch. If he's going to accept a lesser role - something he wasn't willing to do in Oklahoma City - it will have to be with a real contender.