Carmelo Anthony on his season with OKC: "There was no strategy to me being here"

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It's fair to say the Carmelo Anthony experiment didn't quite work out for the Oklahoma City Thunder as he endured his worst season in the league. 

It ended with the veteran spending much of their crucial moments in games five and six against the Utah Jazz on the bench. 

With the Thunder trailing 3-1 in their first-round series and looking to mount an improbable comeback, head coach Billy Donovan clearly lost trust in Melo and opted to give minutes to other players instead. 

There's really no surprise with Donovan's decision given the way Anthony played throughout the series. 

His role diminished with each game as he averaged 11.8 points over six encounters with Utah, shooting just 37.5 percent from the field and 21.4 from three-point range. His 16.2 points per game in the regular season was also career low.

For much of the year, he was the third option behind Russell Westbrook and Paul George and was often asked to spread the floor for the All-Star duo and be a catch-and-shoot player. 

Throughout his career, the 34-year-old has been the go-to guy and the primary scoring option on his teams and it's clear he didn't enjoy or contribute effectively to his role in Oklahoma City. 

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When asked to assess his season with the team in his exit interview on Saturday, Anthony called it "interesting". 

He then quickly went on to seemingly take a pop at coach Donovan for not utilising his skills properly and forcing him to change for the team's sake. 

"I think the player that they wanted me to be and needed me to be was for the sake of this season. Everything was just thrown together, and it wasn't something that was planned out" Anthony said, per Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript.

"It wasn't no strategy to me being here, me being part of the actual system and what type of player and things like that.

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"As far as being effective as that type of player, I don't think I can be effective as that type of player. 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."

In terms of his future, the small forward has a $28 million player option which he can choose to exercise and remain in OKC for another year. 

But these comments would suggest that he's probably considering an alternative option despite the huge amount of money in question. 

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In the interview, he also made it clear that he will not accept a bench role if he returns to the Thunder next season saying that it's "out of the question", per ESPN's Royce Young. 

The 10-time All-Star will now have an interesting decision to make regarding his future as he's coming towards the end of his Hall of Fame career.

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