Rockets targeting Anthony after losing Mbah a Moute

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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".

Facing a major frontline talent loss, the Rockets are hoping to add four-time US Olympian Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to have his contract bought out by Oklahoma City and become a free agent before the end of next week. But the Thunder traditionally doesn't like to part with assets for nothing, thus making a trade the first priority in a mutual split between Anthony and the team.

If he chooses to sign with Houston, the Rockets can offer him their mid-level exception, which amounts to $5.3 million.

Clint Capela is a restricted free agent, but the expectation is that he will eventually reach a deal to keep him in Houston.

Furthermore, Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reports that Chris Paul is encouraging the Rockets to sign his good friend Carmelo, and ESPN's Dave McMenamin says Melo's business manager recently spent time with Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni and team owner Tilman Fertitta. He averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals a game last season for the Rockets in his 10th National Basketball Association campaign.

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But, hey, maybe he could have been the one to make a key 3-pointer when the Rockets missed 27 straight in Game 7...

The Heat, who perhaps will bring back Anthony buddy Dwyane Wade, will be another strong suitor for Anthony's services, according to ESPN.

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

If he joined the Heat, he could slot in at power forward in a frontcourt with Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson.

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