Considering the 34-year-old Anthony is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, and that his role in Oklahoma City was clearly going to be reduced next season, this is a no-brainer for all involved. So, where will 'Melo land? That much remains to be seen, but here are a few known favorites.
There's a Banana Boat component to almost every potential Anthony landing spot, with the Lakers widely believed to top that list.
It would require a major pay cut if he were waived and signed as a free agent, as the Lakers only have approximately $6 million and otherwise have only minimum salary roster spots left ($2.4 million for a veteran like Anthony).
But while Anthony spent most of last season missing the mark (career-low 40.4 percent from the field; 35.7 percent from 3-point range), the Lakers are in need of shooters after adding Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee.
Houston not only offers Anthony his best chance to contend for a title among these teams, but to carve out a significant role in the wake of the Rockets losing veteran small forward Trevor Ariza to Phoenix in free agency.
The Rockets have their $5.3 million mid-level exception available, but are also known to be open to trade options.
Paul, of course, is the Banana Boat connection on this front. Anthony tried to maneuver his way to Houston last summer, but he wound up approving the move to Oklahoma City.
There was a time when it seemed inconceivable that Anthony and Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni would reunite after their failed partnership in New York, but time, it seems, has healed those wounds.