Carmelo Anthony Granted Permission To Meet With Rockets, Heat

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

The Rockets are expected to vigorously pursue Anthony to replace Trevor Ariza, who signed with Phoenix.

Anthony met with both the Heat and Houston Rockets. A team source confirmed that the Heat is intrigued, believing he can still help a Heat offense that tied for 23rd in the National Basketball Association in scoring at 103.4 points per game.

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The Thunder could save close to $100 million in luxury tax by waiving Anthony, then stretching his remaining $27.9 million over three seasons (the Thunder has until August 31 to stretch his contract).

If Anthony signed with Miami, he would be eligible to receive the $2.4 million veteran's minimum, the $3.4 million biannual exception or the $5.3 million taxypayer midlevel exception. Swapping Melo for a player (s) of lesser value would also create a trade exception for OKC.

The Rockets are hoping to land Carmelo Anthony. The Los Angeles Lakers are locked in as the second choice at +350, while the Miami Heat rank third at +500.

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The 34-year-old is coming off his worst season in the National Basketball Association, as he posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season.

Capela has averaged 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his career. The Rockets jumped from 26th in points-per-game allowed all the way up to sixth in his one season.

Unfortunately for Anthony, that Big Three didn't work out; things just didn't really click between the three and the Thunder were eliminated in six games by the upstart Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs.

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