Carmelo Anthony is expected to hit the free agent market soon, as the Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly working on either a buyout or a stretching of his contract. As their roster now sits, the Thunder would owe approximately $310 million in salary and luxury tax next season which would be a record.
The Heat have been linked to Anthony while the Lakers are reportedly one of his preferred destinations .
A host of contending teams reportedly are in the mix, but people around the National Basketball Association consider the Houston Rockets the favorite to land Anthony, Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer tweeted Sunday night. But with Mbah a Moute and Ariza gone from a team that improved to sixth in the league defensively, the Rockets likely will seek to sign a young prospect with strong potential on defensive.
The Rockets, led by NBA Most Valuable Player and scoring leader James Harden and backcourt partner Chris Paul, advanced within one win of the NBA Finals last season before losing to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals. That's exactly what they plan on doing this summer.
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Sources told ESPN that the Rockets' initial offer to Capela was in the four-year, $60 million range, with the blossoming star center seeking a deal similar to Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams' four-year, $100 million contract.
Anthony, 34, opted into the final year of his contract in June, and is set to make $27.9 million next season.
D'Antoni and Anthony didn't see eye to eye during their time with the New York Knicks but the coach "would be fine with Anthony coming to Houston", according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post. The Clippers' offer would have cost them roughly $16 million.
But having lost two of their top eight scorers, including a starter in Ariza, the Rockets can't be choosy as they seek to follow up their team-record 65 victories last season.