Anthony recently opted into the final year of his contact with Oklahoma City, which was set to pay him $27.9 million next year.
Oklahoma City was busy this offseason, starting with free agent Paul George committing to stay with them. The Lakers could find a way to trade for him, but most likely they'll wait until he reaches free agency.
Melo struggled to adapt to a new role as a power forward last season and as a lesser cog in his team's offense. Privately, however, people within the Thunder anxious about his application of the role, multiple sources told MassLive. If Melo is willing to sign for the taxpayer's mid-level exception and perhaps come off of the bench, he would add a lot of depth to Houston's roster.
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Despite his confidence, the 10-time All-Star posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season.
"As far as being effective as that type of player, I don't think I can be effective as that type of player", Anthony said. 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.
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