Carmelo to leave Thunder, Heat are 'interesting landing spot,' says report

Anthony's agent, Leon Rose of CAA Sports, has a strong relationship and history with Thunder general manager Sam Presti, and they'll work together on Anthony's exit through trade, the NBA's stretch provision, or a combined buyout and stretch.

According to ESPN, the Heat is one of three teams expected to show interest in Carmelo Anthony when the 10-time All-Star and three-time Olympic Gold medalist finally parts ways with the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer.

Anthony recently opted into the final year of his contact with Oklahoma City, which was set to pay him $27.9 million next year.

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Should Anthony hit the open market, the two reporters say the most interested parties would be the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Thunder's aggressive summer of recruitment has pushed their payroll to an historic $310m - the highest in National Basketball Association history - with the team facing an eye-watering luxury tax bill if roster moves are not made in the coming weeks.

ESPN first reported the decision by Anthony and the Thunder.

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Anthony would have the option of joining a number of contenders if he becomes a free agent this offseason. The Lakers could find a way to trade for him, but most likely they'll wait until he reaches free agency. He can veto any trade, but teams may be intrigued with taking on his salary in the hope of clearing salary cap space in 2019. 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. 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.

Melo had a down season past year, but he still averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

"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.

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