Thunder just trying to figure out how to get rid of Carmelo

Grant SmithJul 07, 2018

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, a 10-time NBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist, would be pursued vigorously among contenders on the free agent market.

Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder will part ways before next National Basketball Association season begins, ESPN reported Friday, saying the move could save the Thunder more than $100 million.

Anthony recently opted into the final year of his contact with Oklahoma City, which was set to pay him $27.9 million next year.

In case you have been living under a rock, or earning your wage while shoveling mud or something noble, a report emerged on Friday, laying claim that the Thunder and Carmelo Anthony are about to split up this summer. 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.

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. Additionally, Melo didn't get along with Houston head coach Mike D'Antoni when both were with the New York Knicks. Melo still holds trade veto power.

In 78 games last season for the Thunder, Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points and posted a career-worst 43 percent field goal percentage. He struggled during the Thunder's first-round playoff exit against the Jazz and expressed displeasure in his role.

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

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