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Mike D’Antoni not anxious about his turbulent past with Carmelo Anthony

Mike D’Antoni not anxious about his turbulent past with Carmelo Anthony

Anthony is likely to become a free agent even if he is traded, as his new team would likely waive him.

The Houston Rockets are determined to land forward Carmelo Anthony if he parts ways with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Houston has already lost Trevor Ariza to the Phoenix Suns, and Luc Mbah a Moute to the Los Angeles Clippers this free agency, so they may look to pursue Melo as a replacement.

The Thunder are working on trade scenarios where Anthony, 34, would be moved as an expiring contract and be waived, becoming a free agent once his $27.9 million 2017-18 salary clears waivers.

A league source confirmed the meeting.

He tweeted: "Carmelo Anthony's business manager, Bay Frazier, spent much of the first half of the Rockets-Warriors summer league game here in Vegas tonight sitting with a HOU contingent of Mike D'Antoni, Chris Paul, Tillman Fertitta and John Lucas II".

The 10-time All-Star shot 35.7 per cent on three-pointers a year ago, failing to increase his efficiency from the previous season, 34.7 per cent, despite playing alongside Paul George and Russell Westbrook. The Miami Heat are also in the Melo sweepstakes.

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.

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

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


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