Oklahoma City, which now has a payroll of more than $310 million when you include the luxury tax bill, is working through scenarios to eliminate Anthony's $27.9 million contract and a staggering $107 tax bill.
The Heat, which is still negotiating with three-point specialist Wayne Ellington and looking for ways to accommodate his salary under the luxury tax, likely would not only offer Anthony more than the veteran's minimum ($2.4 million) to add him to the roster.
For now, according to ESPN reporters, the Thunder will first begin looking into trade possibilities with teams that will be looking to clear a ton of cap space for the summer of 2019 when players like Kyrie Irving or Klay Thompson may be available. Here are eight viable options.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Rockets are "among the teams that will have interest in Anthony once he secures his free agency".
Last offseason, it nearly seemed likely that Carmelo Anthony was headed to Houston once the New York Knicks and Rockets ironed out a deal for him. The OK3 experiment looks to be officially finished in Oklahoma City. Stretching his contract would dock the Thunder $9.3 million on its salary cap in each of the next three seasons, potentially altering cap flexibility. He also pushed back against the idea of coming off the bench.
"I don't think I can be effective as that type of player", he said.
Anthony struggled for most of the 2017-18 season, averaging 16.2 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting from the field and 35.7 percent shooting from the perimeter. The Thunder, who lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, traded forward Doug McDermott, big man Enes Kanter and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round pick to the New York Knicks for him this past September.