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The Big Three Era of the Oklahoma City Thunder will be coming to an end.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young of ESPN, the team and veteran forward Carmelo Anthony will go different directions this summer, which will likely result in the Thunder saving more than $100 million.
ESPN Sources with @royceyoung: Oklahoma City, Carmelo Anthony will part ways this summer, likely saving team over $100M. Thunder working with 'Melo's reps on exits that include trade, stretch provision. Story: https://t.co/mJbxINv2Cd
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2018
Anthony is owed $27.9 million for the 2018-19 season.
The strong relationship between Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose of CAA Sports, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti means the two sides will most likely work in conjunction to facilitate Anthony’s departure through a trade, the league’s stretch provision or a combination of a buyout and a stretch.
While Anthony still owns veto power on any trade, any proposed deal would likely be with a team that simply wants to waive him, which result in Anthony becoming an unrestricted free agent.