Carmelo Anthony to leave OKC, possibly join Miami Heat

FILE - This is an April 25, 2018, file photo showing Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Oklahoma Cit. Carmelo Anthony has played his last game for the Oklahoma City Thunder, barring a massive change of plans. A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday, July 6, 2018, that Anthony and the Thunder have mutually decided that he will not be on the team next season, though it remains unclear how that departure will actually happen. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because no buyout, trade or waiving has been executed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

NBA forward Carmelo Anthony is expected to consider the Miami Heat an option if he’s waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski previously reported that Oklahoma City plans to work with Anthony and his agent to terminate the 1-year partnership.

The 34-year-old’s departure would save the OKC Thunder over $100 million.

The Thunder are reportedly working on trade scenarios where Anthony where he would be moved as an expiring contract and be waived, becoming a free agent once his $27.9 million 2017-18 salary clears waivers.

Oklahoma City needs Anthony’s permission to waive his no-trade clause, which he has done to facilitate his exit, ESPN reports.

Anthony and his representatives met with Rockets and Heat officials at the site of the NBA Summer League in recent days, according to ESPN.

The Heat seems to be the top candidate thus far due to the Rockets meeting including coach Mike D’Antoni, who had a turbulent relationship with Anthony during his time as the coach of the New York Knicks.

D’Antoni reportedly cleared the air with  Anthony saying he thinks the circumstances together would be far different in Houston and welcomed the idea of coaching him again.

Although he took the meeting, it is unclear where Anthony stands on the matter.

Anthony would be a great addition to the Miami Heat; the power forward has averaged over 24 points and six rebounds a game during his career.

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