Carmelo’s Next Team? Rockets Favored to Land Anthony

Jul 11, 2018 11:05 PM EDT

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony

The Highlights

  • With Carmelo Anthony all but certain to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, oddsmakers have set prices for his next destination.
  • The Rockets (+140) are favored at BetOnline, with the Heat (+175) following close behind.
  • Joining LeBron in LA is the third most likely option, but at +600, it’s not all that likely.

The NBA, where there’s always something exciting going on in the offseason! LeBron is a Laker, Boogie has made the Warriors even more of a superteam and now Carmelo Anthony wants out of OKC.

The latest hubbub from Adrian Wojnarowski and other NBA scribes is that the Rockets will be trying hard to land the 34-year-old forward after the departures of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Oddsmakers at BetOnline agree that Houston is his most likely landing spot, but not overwhelmingly so.

Many people blabbing on Twitter believe that Anthony would not be a good fit for Houston despite the Rockets’ desire for him. His role would be fairly similar to his one in Oklahoma City, where he played third fiddle to Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

Houston’s drive-and-dish, 3-point-chucking style would require Anthony to be a spot-up shooter of sorts following a season in which he posted the lowest field-goal percentage of his career.

The second most likely option is the Heat, with whom he’ll also be meeting. Miami’s odds at BetOnline are quite different from the ones posted on Bovada on Monday that were taken off the board in the evening.

The Bovada folk believed that a trip to La-La Land to play hoops with his bud LeBron was a very viable option at +210. Even though Melo hasn’t ridden a banana boat with LeBron, he and James are undoubtedly close friends. Would the Lakers possibly be able to handle LeBron, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Anthony joining the team all at once?!?!

Among the other unlikely choices are Boston, Philadelphia and Golden State. That’s just what the Warriors need … a past-the-expiration-date chucker who’s good only in the Olympics or in a hoodie.  I suppose that’s why they’re listed at +2500.

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