According to ESPN sources state, after only one year with the Oklahoma City Thunder, it looks like Carmelo Anthony will play for a new team next season.
It is not yet known exactly where or how the Thunder will offload Melo—only that they are definitely planning to move on without him. The team is reportedly exploring three different options: a trade, utilizing the league’s stretch provision, or a combined buyout and stretch.
Melo recently opted into his $27.9 million contract for the 2018-19 season. If the Thunder kept him on the roster, they’d be due for a huge luxury tax bill with a $310 million payroll. As stated in the report, eliminating Melo from the picture could save OKC over $100 million.
The report adds that Anthony “would be pursued vigorously among contenders on the free agent market.” Expect the Rockets, Heat, and Lakers to inquire. Melo has close relationships with Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James–which has a lot of people hoping we could see James and Anthony join forces next season.