Carmelo, Thunder parting ways; Lakers, Rockets, Heat in pursuit

Raymond Felton tries to get past Utah's Dante Exum during Game 2 of the Thunder Jazz playoff series

Raymond Felton tries to get past Utah's Dante Exum during Game 2 of the Thunder Jazz playoff series

Last offseason, it nearly seemed likely that Carmelo Anthony was headed to Houston once the New York Knicks and Rockets ironed out a deal for him.

It makes sense - Anthony is far past his prime, and with the expensive re-signings of Paul George and Jerami Grant, plus the addition of Nerlens Noel, the Thunder are so far into the luxury tax that it was inevitable they'd eventually part with Anthony and his $27 million salary.

Anthony is due $27.9 million for the 18-19 season.

In case you have been living under a rock, or earning your wage while shoveling mud or something noble, a report emerged on Friday, laying claim that the Thunder and Carmelo Anthony are about to split up this summer.

ESPN first reported the decision by Anthony and the Thunder.

If Oklahoma City were to deal Anthony, it would likely be to a team that would release him shortly after.

The Houston Rockets are among the teams interested in Anthony once he hits free agency, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. If Anthony were to land on the Free Agent market, he would have no shortage of suitors calling for his services, albeit in a lesser role than he's had in the past. Privately, however, people within the Thunder anxious about his application of the role, multiple sources told MassLive.

So, when Anthony does leave, which team will pick him up? He also pushed back against the idea of coming off the bench.

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"Remember, two years ago he was considered a superstar still, I think if he gets a fresh new start in a big city he might play well". Despite providing a third-scoring option for the Thunder a year after OKC struggled to generate offense and shooting 37 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in a new role, Anthony shot a career-low 40.4 percent from the field and was a defensive liability at power forward.

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