Carmelo Anthony posts message to his critics after opting into OKC contract

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Carmelo Anthony will be staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder next season after he opted into the final year of his contract.

The veteran had to inform the team by Saturday if he planned to opt out and become a free agent but he unsurprisingly chose to not to.

Melo will now officially be a member of the Thunder again next year and will earn $27.9 million in 2018-19 to complete the five-year, $120 million contract he signed with the New York Knicks in 2014.

This was the risk that OKC took when they traded for Anthony last summer and his move could see them end up with one of the largest payrolls in NBA history if they're successful in re-signing Paul George.

According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, the team's salary will be close to $150 million, with a luxury tax hit of more than $120 million if George returns.

Failed experiment

Carmelo didn't enjoy the best of campaigns after arriving from New York and struggled to fit alongside PG13 and Russell Westbrook.

He took much of the blame for their failings last season, which included a first-round playoff exit.

Therefore, his decision to opt in left some fans disappointed but he had a message for his critics with an interesting post on Instagram.

Instead of taking the criticism and accepting it, the 34-year-old wanted fans to evaluate what's important in life rather than focus on him.

Anthony posted an image with the caption, “Oh, you mad, huh? Take a step back, evaluate what is important and enjoy life.” #STAYME7O

The small forward knew there would be a reaction to the news and seemed to be prepared as he also posted pictures on Twitter too.

Overpaid

After he averaged a career-low 16.2 points, fans in Oklahoma City believe he's not worth his huge salary but Melo clearly isn't interested in how they feel about his decision.

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It's difficult to see where the Thunder and the 10-time All-Star will go from here.

A buyout is certainly a possibility, which would allow the three-time Olympic Gold Medalist to hit free agency.

But there's also some hope that he could accept a different role next year and potentially come off the bench.

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The 15-year man, however, immediately shut that down as soon as the campaign ended.

"I'm not sacrificing no bench role. So that's out of the question," Anthony said after they were eliminated from the postseason, according to ESPN.com's Royce Young.

The next step would be for the two parties to spend time evaluating their options and soon come to a mutual agreement that suits them both.

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