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On an Instagram post featuring Oklahoma City Thunder players Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams, with a caption saying “Who’s more valuable to OKC?”, Adams liked a comment by a fan that said “All of them except Melo.”
The like by Adams caused a stir, but the big man contacted the Thunder PR early Monday morning from New Zealand and said it was an accident made while he was scrolling through his feed, blaming his “fat fingers.”
Anthony was criticized heavily this season by fans and the media for his subpar play on both ends of the floor. In 78 regular season games for the Thunder, Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game and shot only 40.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from three.
Anthony has a player-option worth $28 million for next season, one that he is surely going to pick up because he’s not getting that type of money on the open market.
At his end of the season press conference, Anthony added more fuel to the fire that he’s delusional about his stature, expressing frustration with his role and saying he wasn’t used properly.
“I think everybody knows that I’ve sacrificed kind of damn near everything — family, moving here by myself, sacrificed my game for the sake of the team and was willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order for this situation to work out,” Anthony said. “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 Thunder’s biggest priority this summer is likely going to be trying to re-sign George, but they might need to ask Anthony to take some type of pay cut so that the front office has more money to work with to improve the roster because they surely won’t find any trade partners.