CARMELO ANTHONY TO LEAVE OKC THUNDER
After one year with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Carmelo Anthony will play for a new team next season. "Anthony's agent, Leon Rose of CAA Sports, has a strong relationship and history with Thunder general manager Sam Presti, and they'll work together on Anthony's exit," according to a report from ESPN.
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 tax bill with a $310 million payroll. By eliminating Melo, the team could save OKC over $100 million.
It is not yet known exactly how the Thunder will offload Melo—only that they are definitely planning to move on. The team is exploring three different options: a trade, utilizing the league's stretch provision, or a combined buyout and stretch.