Melo and Thunder Will Part Ways This Summer

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Carmelo Anthony is reportedly leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder! If the Thunder kept him on the roster, they'd be due for a gargantuan luxury tax bill with a $310 million payroll.

But, according to a new report from ESPN insiders Royce Young and Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder are looking into ways to relieve themselves of his services. Here are eight viable options.

If Oklahoma City were to deal Anthony, it would likely be to a team that would release him shortly after.

Anthony is a 10-time All-Star and and a six-time All-NBA selection.

After being traded by the Knicks prior to training camp, Anthony never quite fit alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

In looking for Anthony's next team, ESPN's Kevin Pelton described the Heat as an "interesting landing spot" due to Miami's defensive effectiveness, allowing Anthony to focus exclusively on offense.

With Melo gone, OKC can use the stretch provision on his $27.9 million contract to eliminate a whopping $107 million off the team's 2018-19 payroll and tax bill, ESPN notes.

Per that report: "The massive financial implications of Anthony opting into his $27.9 million contract for the 2018-19 season-coupled with a mutual understanding that his scaled-back role with the Thunder isn't what he had signed up for-have dictated that the two sides will part ways sometime this summer". If the Lakers acquired him via trade, they'd have an expiring contract ahead of the 2019 summer - presumably for Kawhi Leonard.

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"As far as being effective as that type of player, I don't think I can be effective as that type of player", Anthony said.

Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role.



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