According to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony will work to part ways this summer.
The options on the table are a trade, the stretch provision or a combined stretch and buyout. Depending on the route both parties choose to take, the Thunder can shave $90 to $107 million off of their payroll and tax bill.
Considering Oklahoma City’s massive $310 million combined payroll/tax bill, many assumed this would be the next course of action.
While the 15-year veteran never found comfort in his role, it was always his decision to do so. He chose to wave his no-trade clause to come to Oklahoma City to accept a lesser role. His scoring dropped off significantly from his career average, but as the third-option provided an extra punch from the perimeter.
Even in an uncomfortable reduced role, Anthony still posted career numbers in three-point attempts and makes. Billy Donovan’s repeated praise of his ability to help stretch the floor was true and helped Oklahoma City win games.
The end of Game 5 where Anthony visibly wanted to come back into the game during a historic comeback, Game 6 where he was nearly absent in the second half and his exit interview will be the things Thunder fans remember.
“I think everybody knows that I’ve sacrificed kind of damned near everything,”Anthony during his exit interview. “Family, moving here by myself, sacrificed my game–for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order for this situation to work out.”
If the Thunder and Anthony agree on a stretch, Oklahoma City would save $90 million but the Thunder would then be forced to pay $9.3 annually to Anthony over the next three years.
According to reports, if Anthony is traded, he will likely be waived by whatever team acquires him. This would allow him to enter free agency. However, Anthony still wields his no-trade clause.