Carmelo Anthony's time in Oklahoma City may not be over after all.
In a recent report by Marc Stein, Anthony has chosen not to opt out of his current contract and use his player option. The 34-year-old forward had to make a decision before midnight on Saturday, unless he chose to test the free agency market. It was assumed that Anthony would choose to stay with the Thunder as he'd get much less money in free agency.
At the end of the day, it's all about those dollar bills and Melo wants to keep making as much as possible.
By using his player option, Anthony will make $27.9 million for next season and stay with the Thunder for right now.
Anthony put up career low number this season, getting outplayed by Jerami Grant for most of the year. Many began to question his future with the Thunder as reports began to arise that OKC wants to get rid of Melo this offseason. Anthony has his own way in dealing with his haters in Oklahoma City though.
Carmelo Anthony decides not to take.... oh..... about $17 million less to play next season. Probably a good choice. https://t.co/wgrqIBkZ0b— chris carlson (@ccarlsononSU) June 22, 2018
Good choice for Melo, probably less than ideal for the Thunder.
Unless the Thunder choose to trade Carmelo this offseason, then they're stuck paying him huge dividends to likely play bench minutes. The Thunder would rather retain Paul George than be stuck with Carmelo's contract, that much is certain.