A league source confirmed the meeting. What could make a trade easier, however, is if Anthony and his representation knew he was going to immediately be waived by the team which traded for him, thus making him eligible to sign with Houston, or even Miami and the Los Angeles Lakers, who are also reportedly interested in the 15-year veteran. The Rockets have now lost two of their most effective wings in Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza, making Melo a much better fit than he was previously.
But the Heat has become a consideration because Anthony is said to like South Florida and the Heat organization and because of his friendship with Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who remains an unsigned free agent. D'Antoni and Anthony didn't see eye to eye during their time with the New York Knicks but the coach "would be fine with Anthony coming to Houston", according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post. 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.
The Thunder and Anthony's agent Leon Rose have been working on different trade scenarios where Anthony's $27.9 million salary would be moved as an expiring contract and waived, according to ESPN's report.
If he chooses to sign with Houston, the Rockets can offer him their mid-level exception, which amounts to $5.3 million.
The Rockets also have similar vehicles to sign Anthony.
The 10-time All-Star averaged 16.2 points on 40.4-percent shooting.
The deal is for one year, $4.3 million.
Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role.