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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