The Thunder could save close to $100 million in luxury tax by waiving Anthony, then stretching his remaining $27.9 million over three seasons (the Thunder has until August 31 to stretch his contract).
Given the recent news that Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder are planning to part ways this summer, attention has shifted to his next destination.
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Oklahoma City needs Anthony to waive his no-trade clause to allow him to leave. Certainly sounds like there will be movement on this sooner rather than later, doesn't it?
For a team that already operated with a short bench in the postseason, the departures of Ariza and Mbah A Moute figure to hurt their depth even more and will force them to search elsewhere for help on the wing and in the frontcourt. As their roster now sits, the Thunder would owe approximately $310 million in salary and luxury tax next season which would be a record. Swapping Melo for a player (s) of lesser value would also create a trade exception for OKC.
However, Anthony isn't the easiest guy to play with and often prevents the ball from moving. The Lakers also have been mentioned as a possibility but reportedly have not met with Anthony. Further reports have now suggested we're moving closer to that eventuality. This chapter should come to its unceremonious ending in short order.