Carmelo Anthony could soon be a free agent. He and the Oklahoma City Thunder will part ways, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Many expect Anthony’s likely destination will be the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers could find a way to trade for him, but most likely they’ll wait until he reaches free agency.
In order for Anthony to reach free agency, Oklahoma City will have to buy him out or waive him and use the stretch provision to offset his salary over the next couple of seasons.
Once that happens, the Lakers might have some competition for Melo. One team that is reportedly interested is the Houston Rockets.
According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Rockets are one of the teams that will be looking at Anthony once he becomes a free agent.
The Houston Rockets are among the teams that will have interest in Carmelo Anthony once he secures his free agency, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 6, 2018
Anthony is close friends with LeBron James, which is why many think he’ll go to LA, but he’s also tight with Chris Paul. The Rockets were one game away from the NBA Finals and may look at Anthony as the type of veteran scorer that can help them get over the top.
Of course, Anthony has never been much for playing defense, and while he still can be effective as a catch-and-shoot option, he’s also a shell of the player he once was. Additionally, Melo didn’t get along with Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni when both were with the New York Knicks.
We will keep you posted on the latest regarding the next move for Melo.