10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder readying to part ways

Heather Diaz
July 7, 2018

ESPN first reported the decision by Anthony and the Thunder.

While there previously had been speculation of the Heat shedding future salary in a trade for Anthony, 34, it now is clear that the Thunder are looking for immediate savings, most likely with some sort of buyout or utilization of the cap-saving "stretch provision" release.

He and the Oklahoma City Thunder will part ways, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, and four-time Olympic gold medalist would not have trouble finding teams wanting him if he became a free agent. George's deal, along with a three-year contract to bring back sixth man Jerami Grant and minimum ones for backup point guard Raymond Felton and center Nerlens Noel, would help drive the Thunder's tax bill and payroll over $300 million.

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.

The report adds that Anthony "would be pursued vigorously among contenders on the free agent market".

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So, when Anthony does leave, which team will pick him up? Additionally, Melo didn't get along with Houston head coach Mike D'Antoni when both were with the New York Knicks.

"Anthony still holds trade veto power, but it's likely that any proposed deal would be with a team wanting simply to waive Anthony and allow him into free agency".

Anthony said numerous right things during his time in Oklahoma City, talking continuously about how he'd "accepted" and "sacrificed" for a role as a third banana.

Last season, Anthony averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 per cent shooting in 78 games with the Thunder, his first season with them.

Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role.

"I don't think I can be effective as that type of player", he said.

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