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Carmelo Anthony takes player option to return to Thunder next season

Carmelo Anthony has decided to opt into his contract for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder for $27.9 million dollars according to Yahoo Sports.

The deadline for Anthony to opt in was Saturday and the Thunder were expecting him to opt-in, as numerous reports stated Anthony intended to stay with the Thunder.

Anthony did not play up to his usual standards last season, with a career low in points per game(16.2), his second-lowest rebounding mark (5.9 per game) and his career low in shooting percentage (40.4%). The Thunder acquired him before last season to pair with Russell Westbrook and Paul George for a chance to compete in the Western Conference.

Ultimately, the Thunder were bounced in the first round of the playoffs and now await George’s free agent decision.

This is the last year on Anthony’s contract that was signed with the New York Knicks. The 34-year-old opted in and likely made more money than had he gone on the open market.

There is rampant speculation going on that a buyout will happen, as Anthony’s play has not lived up to the contract for the Thunder. Anthony also stated that he won’t come off the bench, making this a more complex issue for the team.

 

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