Miami Heat Have Already Met With Carmelo Anthony

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Houston Rockets are "determined" to sign Carmelo Anthony once he becomes free.

While Anthony is now a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it appears that he will become available this summer either by trade, stretch provision, or a combination of a contract buyout and stretch.

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. "Oklahoma City needs Anthony's permission to waive his no-trade clause, which he has done to facilitate his exit, league sources said".

In an offseason that was expected to be very quiet for the Heat, signing Anthony would be a fairly welcome surprise. The Miami Heat are also in the Melo sweepstakes.

The move also puts the Rockets' hopes of retaining restricted free agent Clint Capela deeper into limbo.

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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.

Anthony and his representatives met with officials from both teams in recent days, per the report, in Vegas during summer league action.

But Anthony has averaged 24.1 points and shot 44.9 percent in 15 National Basketball Association seasons and has been one of the NBA's premier scorers of the past 20 years.

Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game last season on 40.4 per cent from the field.

Worryingly, his presence on the court saw the Thunder's team plus/minus rating slide to negative 14.3 during the playoffs.