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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young, the Thunder plan to part ties with Anthony this summer.

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".