Carmelo Anthony won’t be a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the start of the 2018-19 season. In fact, he’ll likely be long gone by the time the new NBA season tips off.
The Thunder are reportedly hoping to trade Melo, or buyout his contract in order to dump his hefty price tag. The 10-time NBA All-Star opted into the final year of his deal with the Thunder – which would pay him nearly $28 million.
Instead, Oklahoma City is reportedly working on a trade. Who would be willing to help out the Thunder?
According to NBA columnist Mitch Lawrence the Brooklyn Nets are working on a deal with Oklahoma city.
Oklahoma City looking to get something for Carmelo Anthony and talking to Brooklyn about a deal, with Jeremy Lin potentially going to OKC, per sources. Nets looking to get pick(s). Want to move Lin and would buy out Melo.
— Mitch Lawrence (@Mitch_Lawrence) July 11, 2018
Jeremy Lin has one year left on his deal with the Nets which will pay him just over $12 million. The Nets would need to include another player in the deal to match Melo’s $28 million pricetag.
After acquiring Melo, the Nets would then work on a buyout with the NBA star in order to make him a free agent.
The Thunder are reportedly hoping for picks in the deal. If the two sides can’t work out a deal, Carmelo Anthony will need to work on a buyout with the Thunder.
When/if Melo becomes a free agent, the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat have been mentioned as the potential landing spots for the former Syracuse star.