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The 3 Teams That Make The Most Sense For Carmelo Anthony

A closeup of Carmelo Anthony in a New York Knicks jersey.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks walks off the court late in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on February 19, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Brooklyn Nets 109-98. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony is on his way out of Oklahoma City - either via trade or some kind of buyout. Anthony is going to make his $27.9 million this season after opting into his contract with the Thunder, so money shouldn't be an issue when it comes to contract negotiations with his next team. So, where will he go?

First - let's get a few things clear. Anthony, despite unwillingness to take a lesser role on the floor, will likely want to sign with a team that has a legitimate chance at winning an NBA title. Anthony, now 34 years old, has never won and clearly wants a ring before he retires.

That alone narrows the list down a great deal. We think there are three teams that make sense for him to consider.

Many assume that with LeBron James now in Los Angeles, Anthony could head to play for the Lakers as well on some kind of veteran minimum contract. Even if the Lakers had to trade for him, it would make sense. They'd be getting an expiring contract just in time for the summer of Kawhi Leonard next year.

The second team is the Houston Rockets, who, as-of a few hours ago, have reportedly already expressed interest. Clearly, Anthony would have to accept a lesser role there. James Harden and Chris Paul both demand the ball, so Anthony, at best, would be the team's third option. The Rockets are also easily the team positioned best to compete with Golden State next year.

The last team? The Washington Wizards. The East is wide open after LeBron's departure, and Washington, after signing Dwight Howard, has shown it isn't against bringing in aging veterans to make a potential run. With John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard, they might have enough to compete in the East.

Anthony, some time soon, will be on the move. It'll be interesting to see where he lands - and what his market looks like.