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.
Stay in touch with us anytime, anywhere.
Sign up for newsletters emailed to your inbox. Select from these options: Breaking News, Severe Weather, School Closings, Daily Headlines and Daily Forecasts.