On Monday, they watched as Luc Richard Mbah A Moute left for a return to the Clippers on a one-year, $4.3 million deal, losing one of their more versatile forwards and a strong defensive presence off the bench.
The Rockets are expected to vigorously pursue Anthony to replace Trevor Ariza, who signed with Phoenix. Teams don't want to tie up money into him with an offer sheet knowing that Houston will just match whatever offer is made. If Carmelo is really determined to play with CP3, who is his close friend, he could sign a team-friendly deal with Houston. A team source confirmed that the Heat is intrigued, believing he can still help a Heat offense that tied for 23rd in the National Basketball Association in scoring at 103.4 points per game.
Last week, The Oklahoman confirmed another Wojnarowski report that the Thunder has intentions of trying to find a suitable trade for Anthony before the end of the summer. Swapping Melo for a player (s) of lesser value would also create a trade exception for OKC.
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The 34-year-old posted career lows in points (16.2 per game), shot attempts (15.0) assists (1.3) and minutes (32.1) in 78 games (all starts) last season while playing primarily power forward instead of small forward.
But Anthony has averaged 24.1 points and shot 44.9 percent in 15 National Basketball Association seasons and has been one of the NBA's premier scorers of the past 20 years.
Worryingly, his presence on the court saw the Thunder's team plus/minus rating slide to negative 14.3 during the playoffs.
If he joined the Heat, he could slot in at power forward in a frontcourt with Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson.