Anthony is now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the two sides are reportedly working on parting ways, whether through a trade, a buyout, or waiving via the stretch provision.
Those two teams have emerged as top candidates to sign Anthony when he and the Thunder part ways in the coming days.
Despite a poor year in Oklahoma City, during which the four-time Olympic gold medallist nearly became unplayable during the Thunder's miserable first-round playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, there are no shortage of teams reportedly interested in acquiring him.
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Anthony met with officials from the Heat and Houston Rockets at the National Basketball Association summer league in Las Vegas, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "Oklahoma City needs Anthony's permission to waive his no-trade clause, which he has done to facilitate his exit, league sources said". Certainly sounds like there will be movement on this sooner rather than later, doesn't it?
A move away from the Thunder for Anthony to either the Rockets or the Heat would benefit all parties involved, as the Thunder receive their cost savings, while Melo will get more minutes at either franchise listed as possible destinations. As our David Brandon mentioned on Twitter, teams like Atlanta, Chicago, and Sacramento have cap space available and could facilitate a deal without sending equal money back to Oklahoma City. Remember, the Thunder still has until the end of the season to shave down a tax bill approaching $150 million. Wade also remains a possibility for that exception if he chooses to play.
The team can either trade him, or put him on waivers and stretch out his contract.