Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Chris Paul wants to ‘Big Three’ the Rockets by adding Carmelo Anthony

Chris Paul wants to ‘Big Three’ the Rockets by adding Carmelo Anthony

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

Now they are faced with the loss of two forwards in Mbah a Moute, who came to the Rockets last year from the Clippers and will return for $4.3 million, and Trevor Ariza, who signed a one-year deal with Phoenix last week worth $15 million.

Oklahoma City needs Anthony to waive his no-trade clause to allow him to leave.

It's an era of NBA basketball in which contending teams often build a "Big Three" to help them win titles and adding Anthony to the mix in Houston would give the Rockets just that.

In an offseason that was expected to be very quiet for the Heat, signing Anthony would be a fairly welcome surprise.

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.

Those rumours picked up steam Tuesday when Wojnarowski reported that Anthony was given permission by the Thunder to meet with prospective teams.

If Anthony signed with Miami, he would be eligible to receive the $2.4 million veteran's minimum, the $3.4 million biannual exception or the $5.3 million taxypayer midlevel exception. The 31-year-old forward played in 61 regular season games, averaging 7.5 points and at least one steal a game.

Capela has averaged 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his career.

Anthony is a natural small forward but at this stage of his career would be vulnerable defensively against some small forwards, though James Johnson could pick up some of those assignments if Anthony were to be paired with Whiteside and Johnson at times.

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