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Why Carmelo Anthony release improves Thunder's title odds, according to SportsLine simulations

Why Carmelo Anthony release improves Thunder's title odds, according to SportsLine simulations

If they're unable to do so, they could release him, then stretch his cap number over three years, lessening the blow from $27.9 million this season to $9.3 million in each of 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21.

"The massive financial implications of Anthony opting into his $27.9 million contract for the 2018-19 season - coupled with a mutual understanding that his scaled back role isn't what he had signed up for to play with Oklahoma City - have dictated that the two sides will part ways sometime this summer, league sources told ESPN".

Anthony is due to make $28 million this season, his last in a five-year, $125 million contract he signed with NY before getting moved to Oklahoma City.

ESPN reported Oklahoma City management and Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, are cooperating in the process.

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The Thunder are looking for ways to cut costs as they face a historic luxury tax bill. Houston and the New York Knicks were in tight negotiations last summer, when both Anthony and the Knicks wanted a change of scenery.

"Anthony still holds trade veto power, but it's likely that any proposed deal would be with a team wanting simply to waive Anthony and allow him into free agency".

Of course, Anthony has never been much for playing defense, and while he still can be effective as a catch-and-shoot option, he's also a shell of the player he once was. His unwillingness to come off the bench created awkward moments, as well.

Despite his confidence, the 10-time All-Star posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season. "I think I was willing to accept that challenge in that role, but I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgeable and what I still can do as a basketball player". He struggled during the Thunder's first-round playoff exit against the Jazz and expressed displeasure in his role.