Thunder, Anthony to part ways before National Basketball Association season

Carmelo Anthony's time with the Oklahoma City Thunder will reportedly end after one season

Carmelo Anthony's time with the Oklahoma City Thunder will reportedly end after one season

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots a free throw against the Denver Nuggets on November 9, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

But, according to a new report from ESPN insiders Royce Young and Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder are looking into ways to relieve themselves of his services. Here are eight viable options.

Should the Thunder find a trade partner, it's likely the team that receives Anthony could receive assets in return for absorbing his salary and waiving him, thus allowing Anthony to enter free agency.

According to ESPN, the Heat is one of three teams expected to show interest in Carmelo Anthony when the 10-time All-Star and three-time Olympic Gold medalist finally parts ways with the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer.

The Thunder will first try to trade Anthony, who has a no-trade clause.

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The Thunder had one of the best starting lineups in the National Basketball Association with Anthony, outscoring its opposition by 14.2 points per 100 possessions with Anthony, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson and Steven Adams. Per the report, eliminating Melo from the picture could save OKC over $100 million.

Melo struggled to adapt to a new role as a power forward last season and as a lesser cog in his team's offense.

Anthony's agent, Leon Rose of CAA Sports, has a strong relationship and history with Thunder general manager Sam Presti, and they'll work together on Anthony's exit through trade, the NBA's stretch provision, or a combined buyout and stretch. The 34-year-old averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game and shot just 40.4 percent from the field. Joining close friend LeBron James in Los Angeles with the Lakers is certainly going to be rumored.

"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.

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