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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been unable to find a trade partner in their attempt to move Carmelo Anthony and will likely waive-and-stretch the veteran scorer, according to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Thunder and Brooklyn Nets were discussing a Anthony trade, but weren’t able to agree upon a deal.
Brooklyn completed a trade with the Denver Nuggets instead.
With cap space teams like the Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls having made moves already, it appears as though the Thunder will be unable to trade away the contract of Anthony.
“At some point here, it is expected they’ll do a waive-and-stretch on Carmelo Anthony,” said Wojnarowski.
The Thunder will receive significant luxury tax savings by using the stretch provision on Anthony, who averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game during the regular season and shot only 40.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Once he becomes a free agent, Anthony is widely expected to sign with the Houston Rockets. Chris Paul has been advocating the Rockets’ front office to bring Anthony on board.