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Heat expect ‘Melo to sign with Rockets

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Miami Heat officials met with the 10-time All-Star earlier this month.

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The Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro reported yesterday that the Miami Heat expect impending free agent Carmelo Anthony to sign with the Houston Rockets. Miami had met with Anthony during the Vegas Summer League earlier this month; ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski had said that Erik Spoelstra was a strong advocate of signing the 10-time All-Star.

This report from Navarro came a day after TNT’s David Aldridge tweeted that Anthony has told friends for more than a week that he’ll sign with Houston.

Navarro cited a league source, who said that the potential role and salary for Anthony didn’t make him a fit with the Heat. The Heat have Justise Winslow and James Johnson, both of whom can play either forward position, on their roster.

I never understood why Miami was interested in Anthony, so I’m glad he’ll sign with the Rockets. The Heat won’t be a championship contender next season, with or without Anthony. Miami’s top priority should be to develop their three promising players — Winslow, Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo. Signing Anthony would take away opportunities and playing time from Winslow and Richardson.