76ers Considered Favorite To Land Carmelo Anthony

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The departure appears to be the another domino to fall in the Rockets' impending pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to receive a buyout of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Stretching his contract, which involves buying out a player by paying half the amount of the deal over double the amount of time plus a year, could save the Thunder $107 million in salary and luxury tax, according to Wojnarowski.

Luc Mbah a Moute, who averaged almost 20 minutes per game over two seasons with the Clippers before heading to the Houston Rockets, has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million deal to return to Los Angeles.

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.

Many teams have been rumored to be interested, with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets on top of the list. Fortunately, Anthony won't command anywhere near the $27.9 million that OKC will owe him next season. The team has little wiggle room with the salary cap, especially after keeping Paul with a new contract.

As for Houston, by signing Anthony as a free agent, presumably for the veteran's minimum, it stands to get a bargain scorer the Thunder failed to fully unlock last season. Along with playing no defense, his relationship with head coach Mike D'Antoni has a messy past.

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