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Report: Nets Discussing Carmelo Anthony Trade With Thunder

Would Send Jeremy Lin To OKC, Also Receive Picks

July 12, 2018 - 10:11 am
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By WFAN.com

Carmelo Anthony could be headed back to New York. 

Sort of.

The Sporting News' Mitch Lawrence reported Wednesday that the Brooklyn Nets are among the teams discussing a possible trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder involving Anthony.

The Nets would send point guard Jeremy Lin to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and draft picks and then buy out the final year of Anthony's contract, the report said. Anthony, 34, is scheduled to earn $27.9 million this season.

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In an effort to navigate their $310 million payroll and luxury tax bill, the Thunder have agreed to work to part ways with Anthony.

Anthony, who played for the Knicks from 2011-17, struggled to fit into a new, diminished role in OKC that featured the 10-time All-Star changing positions to power forward, while playing the fewest minutes of his career. He averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds last season.

If his contract is bought out, Anthony would become a free agent. The Rockets, Lakers and Heat have emerged as the front-runners for his services.

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The Nets are in rebuild mode under general manager Sean Marks and willing to take on salary dumps in exchange for draft picks or future cap relief. 

Last week, Brooklyn completed a trade with the Charlotte Hornets for Dwight Howard and then promptly bought out the eight-time All-Star center. The deal allowed Brooklyn to move center Timofey Mozgov and the $32.7 million he is owed over the next two seasons, clearing enough money from the 2019-20 payroll to possibly offer two max contracts next summer.

After signing a three-year, $36 million contract with the Nets in 2016, Lin, 29, has been plagued by injuries, including the season-ending ruptured patella tendon he suffered in last year's opener. In 2016-17, he played in just 36 games, averaging 14.5 points and 5.1 assists.