Rumors: Houston Rockets are frontrunners to land Carmelo Anthony

Annette Crawford
July 16, 2018

According to recent reports, it's only a matter of time before Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder end their one-year relationship. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

It appears Carmelo Anthony might become a free agent this offseason if the Thunder can't find a trade for the forward. The Thunder have reportedly been working on a trade to alleviate the team's cap pressure following Melo's decision to opt-in to the final year of his deal.

Moving Anthony and his $28 million guaranteed salary is never an easy task, especially with teams like the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, and the Brooklyn Nets - who used to have ideal salary cap spaces to absorb a player like Anthony - pulling strings in the market recently, thus diminishing their spending power. Oklahoma City plans to either trade Melo to a team that would buyout his contract, or buy him out itself.

According to the New York Times' Marc Stein, the Thunder are looking for a trade partner for Anthony.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have interest as do the Miami Heat.

The Lakers could use some shooting after signing Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee to play alongside James, but Anthony shot a career-worst 40.4 percent from the field last season so it's hard to see him being much of a help to any team that's trying to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.

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