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.
Sources: Carmelo Anthony has informed the Oklahoma City Thunder that he has opted into $27.9M deal for 2018-19 by not exercising his early termination option.- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2018
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.