Thunder and Carmelo Anthony Plan to Part Ways

Carmelo Anthony's time with the Oklahoma City Thunder will reportedly end after one season

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.

It makes sense - Anthony is far past his prime, and with the expensive re-signings of Paul George and Jerami Grant, plus the addition of Nerlens Noel, the Thunder are so far into the luxury tax that it was inevitable they'd eventually part with Anthony and his $27 million salary.

Waiting for Anthony would be the ideal option for the Sixers, but even if he becomes a free agent, the club shouldn't want him. If they're unable to do so, they could release him, then stretch his cap number over three years, lessening the blow from $27.9 million this season to $9.3 million in each of 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Anthony, a four-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, is the all-time U.S. scoring and rebounds leader but the 10-time All-Star has struggled in 15 NBA seasons, never playing in the NBA Finals.

According to ESPN, "The Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are among multiple teams expected to express interest in Anthony". The Heat has a budding young standout in Josh Richardson who starts at small forward and signed James Johnson last summer to a four-year, $60 million deal to play the majority of minutes at power forward.


Anthony said numerous right things during his time in Oklahoma City, talking continuously about how he'd "accepted" and "sacrificed" for a role as a third banana. He did hit a career-high 169 3-pointers, though. His unwillingness to come off the bench created awkward moments, as well.

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

Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists last season for Oklahoma City, which went 48-34 but lost to Utah in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

However, following a humiliating playoff performance which saw the Thunder crash out of the postseason in the first round against the Utah Jazz, changes to the roster are reportedly being made.

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