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Lakers, Sixers, Heat also in the mix for Thunder’s Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

As the Oklahoma City Thunder and forward Carmelo Anthony near an agreement to part ways, the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Miami Heat have joined the sweepstakes for the perennial scorer, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. The Houston Rockets, though, remain the overwhelming favorites to add him to their roster after negotiations are through.

Houston had wanted and chased Anthony as the New York Knicks tried to unload his salary off the books, but the Thunder swooped in at last minute, trading Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott for him only days before the start of the season.

The Lakers have done nothing more than add players on one-year contracts after signing LeBron James to a four-year, $154 million deal, still without another max-level star to play alongside The King. A reunion with his 2003 draftmate could give James a proven scorer to work with, as the two embark in a quest for a championship.

The Sixers have recently made some additions, but still have the cap space to take on another contract, though they would ultimately need to trim their roster from 18 to 15 in the upcoming months.

The Heat are perhaps the most intriguing option — the one team with the biggest need for a reliable scoring presence, but one that has shelled out way too many long-term deals last season to guarantee a clear line of playing time for Anthony.