The Oklahoma City Thunder are hoping to find a way out of $310 million expense tied to the team’s salary and will look into the potential to part ways with forward Carmelo Anthony at some point this summer, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young.
Anthony’s contract and his frustration with his role on the team last season have led to a mutual desire to separate at some point this summer.
Anthony opted into a $27.9 million option earlier this off-season. That was before the Thunder managed to keep star forward Paul George with a four-year, $137 million deal. The Anthony opt-in and the George signing, among other moves, put the Thunder at a payroll plus luxury tax bill of $310 million, the most ever.
The Thunder made a big splash by shipping Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round pick to the Knicks to acquire the gifted scorer last September. The Thunder hoped that pairing Melo along with George and Russell Westbrook would lead to success in the Western Conference.
The result was, statistically, the worst season of Anthony’s NBA life. He posted career lows in field goal percentage (40.4%) and points per game (16.2) as Oklahoma City only improved its record by a single game in 2017-18. Much like the year before, the Thunder were ousted in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
What’s Next For Carmelo Anthony?
there are several teams that could use a scorer like Anthony. He could join the Rockets’ quest to unseat the Warriors while replacing Trevor Ariza’s contributions on the wing. He could play veteran mentor to Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in Portland. He could team up with a re-signed Dwyane Wade in Miami. Or he could go to Los Angeles and make everyone just lose their damn minds with LeBron James.