"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 lost two of its top forwards so far this offseason, with Trevor Ariza agreeing to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns and Luc Mbah a Moute agreeing to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Thunder could save close to $100 million in luxury tax by waiving Anthony, then stretching his remaining $27.9 million over three seasons (the Thunder has until August 31 to stretch his contract).More news: Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is a posterizing dunk machine in Summer League
After failing to secure a trade for Anthony last summer, the Rockets will have the opportunity to sign Melo again. Swapping Melo for a player (s) of lesser value would also create a trade exception for OKC.
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.
For the season, Green averaged 2.7 3-pointers made in 22.7 minutes per game. The Lakers also have been mentioned as a possibility but reportedly have not met with Anthony.
Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role.