Report: Oklahoma City Thunder to part ways with Carmelo Anthony

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have already started building their team towards next season during free agency by signing Paul George to a long-term deal.

George was brought in last summer, as was Carmelo Anthony, to play alongside Russell Westbrook in hopes of bringing an NBA Championship to Oklahoma City.

However, following a humiliating playoff performance which saw the Thunder crash out of the postseason in the first round against the Utah Jazz, changes to the roster are reportedly being made.

Melo Out

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young, the Thunder will be using the summer to determine a way to part ways with Anthony as they look to trim their overall payroll and luxury tax bill.

The ESPN report states that if Oklahoma City ends their relationship with the 34-year-old this offseason, it could deliver the team over $100 million in cost savings.

The fact Anthony opted into his $27.9 million contract for the 2018-19 season, alongside the mutual understanding that his scaled-back role with the Thunder isn't what he wants, have dictated that he'll sign with a new team sometime this summer.

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Possible Destinations

ESPN has listed the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat as possible teams interested in the forward, while The New York Times' Marc Stein has reported that the Houston Rockets could chase after Anthony once he enters free agency.

Carmelo averaged 16.2 points per game last season, but struggled at times in his new role, which saw him be just another option on the team, and not the main option like he has been for much of his playing career in the NBA.

His playing time decreased during the playoffs and he wasn't happy, so it's surprising that he opted into his contract with the Thunder, as he questioned his role on the team at the end of last season.

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Melo said last season, via NBA.com: ''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.''

The 10-time All-Star posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season, but now it looks like his time at the Thunder will be coming to an end, and that he'll have his bigger desired role on a new team next season.

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