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.