Anthony's contract, which has one year and $27.9 million remaining, will make a trade more hard, but he is likely to become a free agent even if he is traded, as any team that acquires him would likely waive him.
The Houston Rockets are becoming the most likely suitor for Oklahoma City exile, Carmelo Anthony. Houston lost two of its top forwards so far this offseason, with Trevor Ariza agreeing to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns and Luc Mbah a Moute agreeing to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to Wojnarowski, the Thunder have begun exploring trades where Anthony could be moved as an expiring contract and be waived, becoming a free agent once his $27.9 million clears waivers.
There you have it. He may be even more motivated to do that if reaches a buyout agreement with the Thunder. As our David Brandon mentioned on Twitter, teams like Atlanta, Chicago, and Sacramento have cap space available and could facilitate a deal without sending equal money back to Oklahoma City. As their roster now sits, the Thunder would owe approximately $310 million in salary and luxury tax next season which would be a record.
However, Anthony isn't the easiest guy to play with and often prevents the ball from moving. The Miami Heat are also reportedly interested in adding Anthony.
In order to lessen their luxury tax burden, the Thunder are expected to cut ties with Anthony this summer after just one season.