Miami Heat Interested in Acquiring Carmelo Anthony


Anthony, a four-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, is the all-time United States scoring and rebounds leader but the 10-time All-Star has struggled in 15 NBA seasons, never playing in the NBA Finals.

CITY-Carmelo Anthony will leave the Oklahoma City Thunder over the summer according to an ESPN report.

Anthony, who is is due $27.9 million in salary this season and holds the right to veto any trade, bristled after last season at the notion of playing as a reserve going forward. One team that could be in on him is the Houston Rockets, according to The New York Times' Marc Stein. Based on a recent report, Anthony and the Thunder are expected to part ways this summer.

Anthony would have the option of joining a number of contenders if he becomes a free agent this offseason.

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Melo struggled to adapt to a new role as a power forward last season and as a lesser cog in his team's offense. In Game 6 of the first-round playoff series against Utah that ended Oklahoma City's season, he played fewer minutes than his backup, Grant. Even if Anthony is traded, he would likely be moved to a team that is looking to acquire his massive expiring deal to free up salary-cap space for next season's free agency. You need as much talent as possible to challenge for a title, and Anthony was one of the only high-talent players available for the Thunder.

He expressed more than just concern about his role with OKC at the team's end-of-season exit interviews, when he called the possibility of coming off the bench next season "out the question", before saying, "I'm not sacrificing no bench role".

Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points to go with 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists this past season.

"As far as being effective as that type of player, I don't think I can be effective as that type of player", Anthony said then.