Heat meet with Carmelo Anthony, report says

Heat meet with Carmelo Anthony, report says

Cameroonian free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute has agreed to a one-year National Basketball Association deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN reported Monday, pushing the Houston Rockets to pursue Carmelo Anthony.

Melo recently opted in to his contract with Oklahoma City to garner $27.9 million next season.

The Rockets are hunting for a replacement for Trevor Ariza, who signed a one-year $15m deal with the Phoenix Suns during free agency, and hope Anthony could be the man to step in.

The Rockets will be a premium consideration for Anthony - along with the Miami Heat, league sources said.

The team can either trade him, or put him on waivers and stretch out his contract.

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If Anthony does become a free agent, the Rockets won't be the only team interested in his services.

While it was unclear just how serious the Heat were about their interest in Anthony following the initial report, signs are pointing to the fact that they are very serious indeed. Swapping Melo for a player (s) of lesser value would also create a trade exception for OKC.

He failed to earn an All-Star nod for the first time since 2008-09, though his 169 3-pointers made set a new career high. The Lakers also have been mentioned as a possibility but reportedly have not met with Anthony. The Rockets jumped from 26th in points-per-game allowed all the way up to sixth in his one season.

Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role.

Anthony has averaged over 24 points and 6 rebounds a game during his career.

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