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Thunder GM Sam Presti Takes A Subtle Shot At Carmelo Anthony


It wouldn't be that much of a stretch to call Carmelo Anthony's first season in Oklahoma City a major flop.

The 10-time All-Star had one of his worse seasons to date after being traded from the Knicks to the Thunder, posting career-low averages of 16.2 points per game and shooting 40.4% from the field.

His playoff performances for the Thunder were even worse, as Carmelo -- a career 25.7 PPG scorer in the playoffs -- only managed to average 11.8 points per game against the Utah Jazz.

With two-thirds of OKC's big three hitting free agency this season, in the form of Melo (who has a player option worth $28 million) and Paul George, they have some major decisions to make.

Obviously, the Thunder's GM Sam Presti would love to keep Paul George and somehow get rid of Melo's bloated contract, but he would never disclose that publically... Or would he?

When asked about Oklahoma's plans for next season, here is what Presti had to say.

Don't see a mention of Carmelo anywhere? Either do I.

Presti did comment on Melo's future with the team however, but the comments were far less inviting.

“He has to decide if he wants to do another year of trying to be a stretch player... He’s being candid and honest. We have the same responsibility. We have to be candid and honest with him.”

If the Thunder had it their way, they would ship Melo off to the highest bidder and sign PG straight away. But the Thunder's way isn't reality, and after a first-round exit, we could be seeing a big three of Westbrook, Adams, and Anthony instead of Paul George.