Carmelo Anthony’s time as a superstar in the NBA is over.
Despite his dip in on-the-court effectiveness, his name still makes headlines across the globe. The Anthony era in Oklahoma City — albeit short — will prove to be a pillar amongst Thunder lore. The sheer fact that a name of Anthony’s stature agreed to wave his no trade clause in order to come to Oklahoma City was huge for the region.
The 2017-18 Big Three experiment proved to be a bust, but that didn’t stop Anthony from penning a heartfelt letter to Oklahoma City provided by the Thunder via The Oklahoman:
Thank You, OKC
I know it was only one season, but from the time I arrived in OKC, I was greeted with so much love from The Team, The Organization, and of course the INCREDIBLE fans of this amazing city. Throughout the entire season, game after game, you cheered me on and rooted for us as a team. That is something I will always cherish and never forget. That genuine support kept me going all season long.
IN LIFE, I’ve learned that things don’t always turn out how you want. I wanted nothing more than to make it work here & help bring this city a championship. I’m sorry it didn’t work out while I was here.
Thank you to Russ, PG, Sam Presti, Coach Billy Donovan, my trainers and the entire staff who work so hard and diligently at Chesapeake Energy Arena and the practice facility. I appreciate you all very much. Last but not least, Thank You to (Thunder part-owner and chairman) Mr. (Clay) Bennett for believing in me.
This chapter of my career may be coming to an end but my story is far from over.
Yesterday, Anthony agreed to a one-year $2.39 million contract with the Houston Rockets. This comes after the trade that sent Anthony to Atlanta for Dennis Schröder. The Hawks bought out Anthony’s $27.9 million contract, making him a free agent.