Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Thunder to part ways with Carmelo Anthony

Thunder to part ways with Carmelo Anthony

But in the event that doesn't happen the Thunder appears prepared to use the NBA's stretch provision to slash $90 million tax and spreading Anthony's salary for $9.3 million over the next three seasons.

Anthony's pending departure from Oklahoma City has seemed obvious for a few months now, though it became even clearer when the Thunder and prized free agent Paul George agreed to a four-year, $137 million contract at the start of free agency.

Anthony is due to make $28 million this season, his last in a five-year, $125 million contract he signed with NY before getting moved to Oklahoma City.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reports the Houston Rockets will pursue Anthony if he's bought out. If the Thunder kept him on the roster, they'd be due for a gargantuan luxury tax bill with a $310 million payroll.

While his coaches praised him for being willing to try to change his game, the result was one of the worst seasons of Anthony's career and an underachieving Thunder team.

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. Melo still holds trade veto power. Based on a recent report, Anthony and the Thunder are expected to part ways this summer.

He expressed more than just concern about his role with OKC at the team's end-of-season exit interviews, when he called the possibility of coming off the bench next season "out the question", before saying, "I'm not sacrificing no bench role".

Despite his confidence, the 10-time All-Star posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season.

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

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