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The Oklahoma City Thunder granted forward Carmelo Anthony permission to meet with prospective teams, including the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, according to a report from ESPN.
The Thunder are working on trade scenarios where Anthony would be moved as an expiring contract and be waived, per the report.
OKC general manager Sam Presti was in meetings all day Monday trying to resolve the Anthony situation, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Once he becomes a free agent, the Rockets are determined to sign Anthony. Chris Paul has been advocating Houston to sign Anthony.
Anthony was heavily linked to the Rockets last summer. The New York Knicks and Rockets discussed a Anthony trade on several occasions, but were never able to agree upon a deal.
Anthony’s lone season in OKC was a big disappointment, as the veteran scorer averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game and shot only 40.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from three.
The playoffs were even worse for Anthony, as he averaged 11.8 points while shooting a woeful 37.5 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Thunder had an offensive rating of 98.6 when Anthony was on the court compared to 116.8 when he was on the bench.