Thunder just trying to figure out how to get rid of Carmelo

Following one dismal season in Oklahoma City, the former Knick appears headed elsewhere shortly after opting in to the $27.9 contract for next season.

The Thunder's tax situation with Anthony makes it far less justifiable to seek out a veteran contract with the $5.3 taxpayer mid-level exception, which would cost the Thunder a minimum of $25 million in tax and salary combined for one player.

The Thunder acquired Anthony, 34, in a trade with the Knicks before last season.

Along with the Houston Rockets, you can add the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat as teams interested in acquiring Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony.

With Melo gone, OKC can use the stretch provision on his $27.9 million contract to eliminate a whopping $107 million off the team's 2018-19 payroll and tax bill, ESPN notes. Oklahoma City has since made a number of other moves - including re-signing both Paul George and Jerami Grant. Dealing him to a team looking to create salary cap space for next year's blockbuster free-agency class is obviously an option, though he does have a no-trade clause.

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Last offseason, it nearly seemed likely that Carmelo Anthony was headed to Houston once the New York Knicks and Rockets ironed out a deal for him. If Anthony were to land on the Free Agent market, he would have no shortage of suitors calling for his services, albeit in a lesser role than he's had in the past.

"Remember, two years ago he was considered a superstar still, I think if he gets a fresh new start in a big city he might play well".

Last season, Anthony averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 per cent shooting in 78 games with the Thunder, his first season with them.

Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role.

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