Thunder, Anthony to part ways before National Basketball Association season

Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder will part ways this summer (report)

The report goes on to explain that Anthony will likely either be offloaded by the Thunder by way of a trade, stretch provision, or combination of a buyout and stretch.

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.

Should Anthony hit the open market, the two reporters say the most interested parties would be the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. 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.

The Thunder appears to be inching closer to a split with Carmelo Anthony. The person who spoke to AP says Anthony would prefer to sign with a contender if he becomes a free agent. The OK3 experiment looks to be officially finished in Oklahoma City.




Of course, Anthony has never been much for playing defense, and while he still can be effective as a catch-and-shoot option, he's also a shell of the player he once was.

Wade, who has yet to decide if he's coming back for a 16th National Basketball Association season and would likely take no less than the Heat's $5.3 million tax exception, willingly accepted a bench role with the Heat when he was acquired at the National Basketball Association trade deadline in February.

Anthony averaged 16.2 points on 40 percent shooting last season, both of those being career-lows. The Thunder, who lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, traded forward Doug McDermott, big man Enes Kanter and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round pick to the New York Knicks for him this past September. "I personally think he did an excellent job in his first year transitioning his game, working to becoming more of an off-the-ballplayer, being more reliant on other people to generate his offense, and sacrificing a lot".

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