According to ESPN, Carmelo Anthony and OKC will part ways at some point this summer,
Oklahoma City can use the stretch provision on Anthony’s $27.9 million contract to eliminate a staggering $107 million off the team’s 2018-19 payroll and tax bill, but the Thunder first plan to pursue trade possibilities with teams looking to acquire a massive expire deal to salary cap space in July 2019 free agency, according to the report.
Anthony, 34, had his struggles last season fitting in with Paul George and Russell Westbrook, but he should have options. Would he try to play with LeBron in Los Angeles? Does he play with Chris Paul in Houston? We’ll see, but Melo still can be a valuable piece for a championship contending team.
At this point, OKC has a payroll and luxury tax bill of $310 million, so moving on from Melo is not surprising.