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The Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans are among the teams interested in Carmelo Anthony should the Houston Rockets waive him, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
Also, veteran NBA insider Chris Sheridan wrote that the Philadelphia 76ers are also “kicking the tires” on the idea of adding Anthony, and Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reported the Miami Heat may be another.
Multiple reports have suggested the Rockets will waive the veteran forward and 10-time All-Star as soon as this weekend after finding him to be a poor fit. Anthony, 34, has appeared in 10 games with Houston, averaging 13.4 points — but has missed the last three with what the team is calling an illness.
O’Connor mentioned the Lakers, Blazers and Pelicans as possible Anthony destinations on The Ringer NBA Show.
“I heard three teams that I think could be for Melo,” he said. “And this could change, he’s still with Houston. I heard New Orleans, Portland and LA Lakers. Those are the three teams I heard.”
Anthony is tight with Rockets guard Chris Paul, and shares the same strong bond with LeBron James of the Lakers and Dwyane Wade of the Heat.
Anthony spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, then was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in July. His contract was bought out by the Hawks in July, opening the door for him to sign with the Rockets for the veteran’s minimum.
The Rockets finished with the league’s best record at 65-17 last season, but are off to a 6-7 start this year.