Report: Thunder to part ways with Carmelo Anthony
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony will part ways this summer, according to reports.
ESPN'S Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young report that the Thunder will either trade Anthony, use the NBA's stretch provision or combine a buyout of his contract and use the stretch provision. Anthony opted into his $27.9 million contract earlier this off-season.
The Thunder face a $310 million payroll and luxury tax bill, the highest in NBA history after an off-season that has seen them re-sign Paul George, Jerami Grant, Raymond Felton and pick up free agent Nerlens Noel.
ESPN reports that using the stretch provision would eliminate $107 million from their 2018-2019 payroll and tax bill. Anthony holds trade veto power.