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ESPN: Thunder, Carmelo Anthony to part ways

Posted: 11:30 AM, Jul 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-06 16:38:43Z

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder will be parting with Carmelo Anthony this summer, according to an ESPN report

ESPN reports that the team is working on scenarios that will end the one-year partnership with Anthony, which could save the team $100 million next season. 

Anthony recently opted in to his $27.9 million contract for the 2018-19 season, which in part led to the Thunder receiving a historic $310 million luxury tax bill. 

The team will first pursue trade options for Anthony, ESPN reported.

Anthony expressed frustrations after the season due to what he perceived as a reduced role on the team:

"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. "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."

Anthony averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting and 5.8 rebounds per game during the 2017-18 season. 

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