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Carmelo Anthony reportedly given permission to talk with teams including Heat and Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony reportedly given permission to talk with teams including Heat and Rockets

Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder are another step closer to their imminent divorce. 

According to ESPN, Oklahoma City has given Anthony permission to meet with teams, which includes the Houston Rockets and the Miami Heat.

The meetings with Miami and Houston have apparently already happened at the site of the NBA Summer League over the past few days. 

The Rockets dynamic would be interesting. Houston was very interested in trading for Melo before this past season, before the Knicks eventually sent him to Oklahoma City. Anthony's former coach, Mike D'Antoni was reportedly at this recent meeting, presumably to help ease any questions or tension after their up-and-down relationship while D'Antoni was coaching in New York with Melo. 

Obviously, if D'Antoni and Houston think he can help them beat the Warriors, they're willing to forget what went wrong the first time around. 

If Anthony were to end up in Miami, it would add a scoring punch to a team that finished sixth in the Eastern Conference last year. 

According to the report, the Thunder are working on trades where Anthony would be moved as an expiring contract and be waived, becoming a free agent once his $27.9 million salary clears waivers.

Oklahoma City apparently already has Anthony's permission to waive his no-trade clause.

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Dwight Howard wants to use his time with the Wizards to change his image

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Dwight Howard wants to use his time with the Wizards to change his image

Since it became official the Wizards reached a deal with Dwight Howard, some fans have been questioning whether or not it's a good move. 

Howard has been with four teams in four seasons and tends to face issues in the locker room. In the latest Wizards Tipoff podcast, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller reports that he has heard Howard is coming to the Wizards with the intention of changing the narrative.

Dwight has worn out his welcome in the last four places he’s been: Houston, LA, Charlotte and Atlanta, his hometown. From what I’ve been told by a source, he wants to change the narrative on him, what people perceive of him…. I’m excited about him. I went from being “okay” to being excited about him. Because from what I heard, he’s trying to change the image of him coming into a team and wearing out his welcome.

Chase Hughes agreed that if it really is Howard's intention to improve his image, it makes the move that much better for the Wizards.

That changes everything, honestly. If you take this guy at his word - you can be skeptical if you want, he has to prove himself - but that addresses one of the biggest concerns anyone’s gonna have of him going into this locker room or any locker room. Is he going to be selfish or not? Can he get along with others? If he’s trying to do that, and he’s still got time to redo his image if he wants to, if that’s the case, I like the move even more. On the face of it, I’m ecstatic.

Being skeptical of Howard's potential chemistry with the Wizards is completely fair. He's faced numerous problems off the court in the past, and the Wizards had some of their own locker room issues last season. 

However, if the reports are true that Howard seriously wants to treat this season as a do-over, fans should be excited about what he's bringing to D.C.

Listen to the rest of the conversation on the Wizards Tipoff Podcast here:

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Wizards to sign free agent Jeff Green

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Wizards to sign free agent Jeff Green

After a slow start to free agency, things are starting to heat up in Washington, and not just with the weather.

The Wizards claimed center Thomas Bryant off waivers Monday afternoon, and agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with forward Jeff Green Tuesday afternoon.

A couple offseason moves left the Wizards thin in the frontcourt. They traded Marcin Gortat for Austin Rivers and Mike Scott is headed to L.A. to play with the Clippers. Green can provide a veteran presence in the Wizards' locker room.

The Wizards reached out to Green earlier in the day, and a deal seemed to have come together rather quickly. This is a homecoming of sorts for Green, who's from Maryland and played college basketball at Georgetown.

Along with Bryant, Green will join Ian Mahinmi, Markieff Morris and Jason Smith in Washington's frontcourt.

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