Is It Time for Carmelo Anthony to Call It a Career?
The 33-year-old has played poorly enough that he may be out of a job.
During Oklahoma City’s 96-113 loss to the Utah Jazz in Game 4 of their playoff series, Carmelo Anthony looked thunderstruck.
On his way to scoring 11 points in 36 minutes, the Thunder forward shot 5-18 from the field (0-6 from downtown) and only chipped in six rebounds without an assist.
If Oklahoma City goes on to lose to the Jazz and fails to advance out of the first round, free agent forward Paul George will likely depart the franchise for greener pastures this offseason.
That would leave OKC with a big decision to make about Anthony, who will be turning 34 in May and is owed $27.9 million next season if he does not opt-out of his contract (which he won’t).
Without George on the roster, the Thunder may decide that Anthony – who averaged career-lows in points, assists, steals and minutes this season and saw his PER drop to a career-worst 12.78 – isn’t worth paying and waive him or buy out his contract.
Should Anthony find himself on waivers, he might stay there as his contributions on the court are no longer worth the hefty salary he believes he commands off of it.
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