Carmelo Anthony and Thunder may part ways this summer

Carmelo Anthony and Thunder may part ways this summer

Carmelo Anthony and Thunder may part ways this summer

Carmelo Anthony's days with the Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly are numbered.

According to ESPN, the Heat is one of three teams expected to show interest in Carmelo Anthony when the 10-time All-Star and three-time Olympic Gold medalist finally parts ways with the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer.

Should the Thunder find a trade partner, it's likely the team that receives Anthony could receive assets in return for absorbing his salary and waiving him, thus allowing Anthony to enter free agency. They would have to make a larger luxury tax payment than any team in league history.

Before the start of free agency, Anthony opted into the final year of his contract and the $27.9 million that comes with it.

The Thunder will first try to trade Anthony, who has a no-trade clause.

Anthony is due $27.9 million for the 18-19 season.

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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.

After being traded by the Knicks prior to training camp, Anthony never quite fit alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Privately, however, people within the Thunder anxious about his application of the role, multiple sources told MassLive.

As it is, among the factors playing into Anthony's desire to move on is playing time, which could become an issue with a Heat team potentially seeking to expand playing time for younger prospects such as Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr.

He expressed more than just concern about his role with OKC at the team's end-of-season exit interviews, when he called the possibility of coming off the bench next season "out the question", before saying, "I'm not sacrificing no bench role".

"As far as being effective as that type of player, I don't think I can be effective as that type of player", Anthony said then.

In 78 games last season for the Thunder, Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points and posted a career-worst 43 percent field goal percentage.

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