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That’s according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who believes the Philadelphia 76ers will be the best option for Anthony.

The Houston Rockets have gotten off to a poor start to the season, winning just five of their opening 12 games.

And reports emerged yesterday that Houston are already looking at moving on from Anthony, who only joined them a few months ago.

The 34-year-old is shooting just 32.8 per cent from three-point range while also averaging a career-low 13.4 points per game.

It looks as though Anthony could be waived by the Rockets in the near future with the net question being where he could go to.

Anthony’s relationship with LeBron James has always led to rumours of the two linking up at some point in their career.

But the close friends are yet to appear on the same team, other than at an All-Star weekend.

Philadelphia have an open roster spot after trading Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton.

76ers general manager Elton Brand has insisted they will not rush any decisions to fill that extra spot.

But Smith believes Philadelphia are the perfect option, while also reporting how Anthony could have finally teamed up with James in the summer.

“My personal opinion is that I think it would be the Philadelphia 76ers who don’t have a bench right now,” he said.

“You’re probably having TJ McConnell and MsCulla coming off the bench since your starting five is going to be Butler, Redick, Simmons, Embiid and probably Wilson Chandler.

“They say that the word out on Melo, if you look on the research, the last three years or so teams have been better without him on the court than they’ve been with him on the court.

“When you consider that combined with the combustible egos that are in the locker room with Butler, Embiid etc… it’s a long shot that Melo would be landing in Philadelphia.

“They probably don’t want him right now according to what I’m being told, but that’s what I think would be the best situation for him.”

He added: “I was told be an executive in the league that if LeBron wanted him in Cleveland last year he would have been there.

“I was also told he had an opportunity to be in L.A. this summer but he had to commit to working hard and a willingness to come off the bench.

“And he never returned their call.”

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