However, would the Thunder be able to use the stretch provision on Anthony's contract the club would shave off $107 million off this coming season's team payroll and tax bill.
Anthony, a four-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, is the all-time U.S. scoring and rebounds leader but the 10-time All-Star has struggled in 15 NBA seasons, never playing in the NBA Finals.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young report that because of the dire financial implications of Anthony opting into the final year of his contract, the two sides are working on a means to part ways either via trade, the NBA's stretch provision or a combination of a buyout and stretch provision.
Anthony is due to make $28 million this season, his last in a five-year, $125 million contract he signed with NY before getting moved to Oklahoma City.
Marc Stein of the New York Times has also reported that Houston has interest in Anthony. Now, they're reportedly preparing to deal with their other big issue: what to do with Carmelo Anthony. Despite his low scoring average, Anthony knocked down 169 3-pointers as a member of the Thunder, the most he's ever made in a single season of his National Basketball Association career.
The report adds that Anthony "would be pursued vigorously among contenders on the free agent market". Melo still holds trade veto power. You need as much talent as possible to challenge for a title, and Anthony was one of the only high-talent players available for the Thunder.
"As far as being effective as that type of player, I don't think I can be effective as that type of player", Anthony said then.
Despite his confidence, the 10-time All-Star posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season. He struggled during the Thunder's first-round playoff exit against the Jazz and expressed displeasure in his role.