Thunder, Carmelo Anthony to part ways this summer

In case you have been living under a rock, or earning your wage while shoveling mud or something noble, a report emerged on Friday, laying claim that the Thunder and Carmelo Anthony are about to split up this summer.

The Oklahoma City Thunder is working through scenarios to part ways with Carmelo Anthony as they seek as much as $100 million in cost savings.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Rockets are "among the teams that will have interest in Anthony once he secures his free agency".

For those unaware, the stretch provision basically allows teams to waive a player and stretch out the remaining guaranteed money left on that player's contract over twice the remaining length of the contract plus one additional year. However, the team reportedly will look first to trade Anthony, who can veto any proposed deal.

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Anthony recently opted into the final year of his contact with Oklahoma City, which was set to pay him $27.9 million next year. Despite providing a third-scoring option for the Thunder a year after OKC struggled to generate offense and shooting 37 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in a new role, Anthony shot a career-low 40.4 percent from the field and was a defensive liability at power forward.

So, in Anthony's case, should the Thunder decide to stretch his $27.9-million contract out, instead of getting hit with that huge lump sum next season, the team would have $9.3 million going against their cap for the 2018-19 season and the next two subsequent ones.

The Thunder acquired Anthony in a trade with the Knicks before last season.

Anthony is a 10-time All-Star and and a six-time All-NBA selection.

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