Thunder Working On Parting Ways With Carmelo Anthony Via Trade, Stretch Provision

Raymond Felton tries to get past Utah's Dante Exum during Game 2 of the Thunder Jazz playoff series
Raymond Felton tries to get past Utah's Dante Exum during Game 2 of the Thunder Jazz playoff series

07 July, 2018

Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist, would be pursued vigorously among contenders on the free agent market. They would have to make a larger luxury tax payment than any team in league history.

Melo recently opted into his $27.9 million contract for the 2018-19 season.

OKC will work with Anthony's reps and evaluate options including trade, buyout and/or stretch provision, which could save the team over $100 million. Stretching his contract would dock the Thunder $9.3 million on its salary cap in each of the next three seasons, potentially altering cap flexibility. He would then presumably be waived by the team that traded for him and become a free agent. Houston and the New York Knicks were in tight negotiations last summer, when both Anthony and the Knicks wanted a change of scenery. He can veto any trade, but teams may be intrigued with taking on his salary in the hope of clearing salary cap space in 2019. Privately, however, people within the Thunder anxious about his application of the role, multiple sources told MassLive.

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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.

"Remember, two years ago he was considered a superstar still, I think if he gets a fresh new start in a big city he might play well".

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.

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