It’s clear that Carmelo Anthony didn’t quite fit in during his first year with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.
Averaging a career-low 16.2 points while shooting a career-low 40.3 percent from the floor, he didn’t gel alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
It’s currently a scary time for the Thunder. George is entering unrestricted free agency and isn't guaranteed to return on a long-term deal while Anthony just turned 34 years old and is fully expected to accept a $27.9 million option to remain in Oklahoma City next year.
Therefore, losing George while retaining a disgruntled and unhappy Melo might be the reality heading into next season. After all, it’s clear that Anthony didn’t enjoy sacrificing his field goal attempts in order to appease his new teammates this year.
"I think everybody knows that I've sacrificed kind of damn near everything -- family, moving here by myself, sacrificed my game for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order for this situation to work out," Anthony said of his season with the Thunder. "So it's something I really have to think about, if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball.”
After he said that, outspoken Thunder center Steven Adams “liked” a comment on an Instagram post that was critical of Melo. The post showed Adams, Anthony, Westbrook and George and the caption asked, “Who’s more valuable to OKC?” Adams liked the comment that said “All of them except Melo.”
Since we live in a social media-driven world, word quickly spread about Adams’ like and screenshots went viral. But, it appears like it was a giant misunderstanding in the end.
“Adams contacted Thunder PR early Monday morning from New Zealand to make them aware of the situation, saying it was an accident made while scrolling through his feed, blaming his "fat fingers,” reported Royce Young of ESPN.
Although it’d be a surprise if Anthony didn’t accept his player option, there’s a chance that he chooses not to. If he believes in any way that Adams meant to like the comment on purpose, it may give him the incentive to leave, along with the fact that he will still be the second or third option on offense.News Now - Sport News