Anthony and the Thunder plan to part ways at some point this offseason, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Anthony opted into the final year of his contract at just under $28 million, but the prevailing belief over the last couple of weeks is that the two sides would look to negotiate some sort of agreement to part ways before next season. Doing so could save the Thunder around $100 million, mostly in luxury tax penalties. Oklahoma City will first look to trade Anthony, who holds a no-trade clause, and if that is unsuccessful, the Thunder may have to resort to using the stretch provision, which would spread Anthony's remaining salary over three years, in turn slashing roughly $90 million from OKC's tax bill. In that scenario, the Thunder would still have roughly $9.3 million committed to Anthony through 2020-21, which could tie up future flexibility. At this point, it's unclear which course of action the two sides will take, but the expectation is Anthony will move on from the organization sometime in the next few weeks.
Anthony has exercised his $27.9 million player option, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. Anthony set career lows in points (16.2), field-goal percentage (40.4), free-throw percentage (76.7) and assists (1.3) last season -- his first year with the Thunder. With that being the case, it was unlikely he would garner a bigger contract in free agency. That said, if Paul George ends up declining his player option and leaving the team, Anthony could see a more featured role in the Oklahoma City offense.
Anthony supplied seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 FT) and three rebounds across 26 minutes during Oklahoma City's 96-91 loss to the Jazz in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Anthony struggled to generate any meaningful production for the second straight came, leading to his second consecutive seven-point effort. The 33-year-old put up single-digit attempts over the last two games of the series while spending extended stretches on the bench, as Jerami Grant saw additional opportunity in both games. Anthony finishes the series with averages of 11.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals across 32.2 minutes and heads into the offseason with a bit of uncertainty about his future after a serviceable first season in Oklahoma City.
Anthony supplied seven points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds and two steals across 25 minutes during Oklahoma City's 107-99 win over the Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Anthony's stat line exemplifies the relatively meager impact he had on the game, and the Thunder notably mounted a 35-point surge with him off the floor during an extended stretch in the third quarter. Anthony's scoring total was his lowest of the series, as were his shot attempts. He'll look to bounce back in Friday's Game 6, but given the success teammates Russell Westbrook and Paul George had while taking the full reins of the offense Wednesday, Anthony may be hard-pressed to play anything more than a strictly complementary role.
Anthony mustered 11 points (5-18 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 36 minutes during Oklahoma City's 113-96 loss to the Jazz in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Anthony had trouble finding the net for the third time in the first four games of the series, shooting under 30.0 percent for the first time during that span in the process. The veteran forward has now seen his scoring totals drop over those of the prior contest in each of the last two games, and he's yet to clear the 20-point mark in the series. He'll look to be much sharper in a critical Game 5 on Wednesday.
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