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Oklahoma City Thunder

Report: Carmelo Anthony opts in for 2018-19 season

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Carmelo Anthony (Getty Image)

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony will remain with the team for the 2018-19 season, as he has informed the team he will opt into the final year of his deal, per Yahoo's Shams Charania.

Anthony, 34, averaged career lows in points (16.2), field goal percentage (40.4) and assists (1.3) over 78 games in the 2017-18 season. Oklahoma City (48-34) finished fourth in the Western Conference and was eliminated by the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Anthony averaged 11.8 points (on 37.5 percent shooting) and 5.7 rebounds in six postseason games.

By opting into the final year of his contract, the six-time All-Star is set to earn just under $28 million with the Thunder next season. With the impending free agency of All-Star forward Paul George looming, the first postseason chip has fallen into place for OKC.

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