Carmelo Anthony Granted Permission To Meet With Rockets, Heat

Rockets lose Cameroon’s Mbah a Moute, seek Carmelo—report

"The Oklahoma City Thunder granted Carmelo Anthony permission to meet with prospective teams, including the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, league sources told ESPN".

Houston has already lost Trevor Ariza to the Phoenix Suns, and Luc Mbah a Moute to the Los Angeles Clippers this free agency, so they may look to pursue Melo as a replacement. But the Thunder traditionally doesn't like to part with assets for nothing, thus making a trade the first priority in a mutual split between Anthony and the team.

A trade would save the Thunder around $107 million in salary and luxury tax, while waiving and stretching Anthony would save them about $90 million.

And 33-year-old Paul, who signed a lucrative four-year $160m extension with the Rockets this summer, is believed to be pressing general manger Daryl Morey to chase Anthony's signature.

Some fans might not want Anthony in Houston, but the Rockets should definitely sign him under these three conditions.

The 10-time All-Star averaged 16.2 points on 40.4-percent shooting.

Mbah a Moute has been a defensive stalwart throughout his 10-year career, averaging almost a steal per game throughout his tenure in the league and eclipsing that mark three of the past four seasons. He averaged 12.1 points and 22.7 minutes during his 41 games with the Rockets.

Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role.

The Heat have regularly been reported to have interest in Anthony, with particular interest coming from head coach Erik Spoelstra.

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