Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder Reportedly Parting Ways

Carmelo Anthony's time with the Oklahoma City Thunder will reportedly end after one season

Carmelo Anthony's time with the Oklahoma City Thunder will reportedly end after one season

The Thunder will first try to trade Anthony, who has a no-trade clause. If Oklahoma City uses the stretch provision, it would slice off $90 million on the tax bill, and his salary would be spread out over the next three years at $9.3 million per season.

That follows a report from Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young of ESPN.com that stated the Oklahoma City Thunder will cut ties with Anthony this summer through a trade, waiving him with the stretch provision or agreeing to a buyout combined with the stretch provision. One team that could be in on him is the Houston Rockets, according to The New York Times' Marc Stein.

Anthony, a four-time Olympic gold medallist and 10-time All-Star, is close friends with new Laker LeBron James. As a result of this, coupled with the stunning re-signing of Paul George and then Jerami Grant, the Thunder are looking at a team salary and luxury-tax bill of approximately $310 million, a historic figure.


Earlier this summer, Anthony opted into his near-$28m contract for the forthcoming season, ending hopes that he would leave the team during free agency after a poor season in Oklahoma.

Should Anthony wind up as a free agent, the Heat likely would be limited to no more than a bid of the $5.3 million taxpayer mid-level exception, a figure that the Heat also may have to instead utilize for a potential return by Dwyane Wade.

Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists last season for Oklahoma City, which went 48-34 but lost to Utah in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.


"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.

Anthony, who turned 34 last month, is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 16.2 points and shot a career-worst 40.4 percent from the field.


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