Miami Heat Interested in Acquiring Carmelo Anthony

The Miami Heat have been linked to Carmelo Anthony's apparent impending exodus from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The Lakers, who are in need of veteran leadership in a youthful locker room, could be a good fit for Anthony, while also allowing the 34-year-old to play with James during his first season in LA.

With Melo gone, OKC can use the stretch provision on his $27.9 million contract to eliminate a whopping $107 million off the team's 2018-19 payroll and tax bill, ESPN notes.

The Thunder's aggressive summer of recruitment has pushed their payroll to an historic $310m - the highest in National Basketball Association history - with the team facing an eye-watering luxury tax bill if roster moves are not made in the coming weeks.

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that it would likely be either via trade or buyout.

Even if Anthony is traded, he would likely be moved to a team that is looking to acquire his massive expiring deal to free up salary-cap space for next season's free agency. The OK3 experiment looks to be officially finished in Oklahoma City. His unwillingness to come off the bench created awkward moments, as well.

Anthony would have the option of joining a number of contenders if he becomes a free agent this offseason.

"I don't think I can be effective as that type of player", he said.

In 78 games last season for the Thunder, Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points and posted a career-worst 43 percent field goal percentage. The Thunder, who lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, traded forward Doug McDermott, big man Enes Kanter and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round pick to the New York Knicks for him this past September.

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