After a turbulent season in Oklahoma City, the Thunder and Carmelo Anthony are expected to part ways. The move will save the Thunder over $100 million.
Anthony opted into his $27.9 million contract earlier this offseason, ending rumors, for a short time, of him moving on from his brief stint alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George. However, with the Thunder having a upcoming payroll of $310 million, there was no way the club could keep Anthony, who commands almost a third of the bill.
Possible suitors for Anthony include the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and Miami Heat. All three teams include personal friends of Anthony (LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Dwayne Wade). Other teams are also reportedly interested in signing the 10-time All-Star.
Anthony took a third wheel role for the Thunder this year, behind Westbrook and George, as his production dropped off. Anthony was asked before the season if he’d consider coming off the bench by a reporter and laughed it off. He was asked the question again after a first round exit to the Utah Jazz and vehemently shut down any question of playing a bench role.
The Thunder recently extended forward, Jerami Grant, who will likely fill in Carmelo’s role this upcoming season.