Marc Stein of the New York Times has also reported that Houston has interest in Anthony.
Oklahoma City, which now has a payroll of more than $310 million when you include the luxury tax bill, is working through scenarios to eliminate Anthony's $27.9 million contract and a staggering $107 tax bill.
Anthony's situation allows for talks to teams who might release Anthony into free agency or would be looking for a massive contract that expires next year, providing a huge pool of money for next year's free agents. Despite his low scoring average, Anthony knocked down 169 3-pointers as a member of the Thunder, the most he's ever made in a single season of his National Basketball Association career.
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. Dealing him to a team looking to create salary cap space for next year's blockbuster free-agency class is obviously an option, though he does have a no-trade clause.
Melo's agent, Leon Rose of CAA Sports, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti, who have a strong relationship and history, will work together on on Melo's exit through trade, the NBA's stretch provision, or a combined buyout and stretch sources say.
Despite his confidence, the 10-time All-Star posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage last season.
"As far as being effective as that type of player, I don't think I can be effective as that type of player", Anthony said then.
Anthony expressed to the Thunder at the end of the team's playoff run he would not accept a bench role. "I personally think he did an excellent job in his first year transitioning his game, working to becoming more of an off-the-ballplayer, being more reliant on other people to generate his offense, and sacrificing a lot".