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Carmelo Anthony on coming off bench for 2018-19 NBA season

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After 6.5 seasons with the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder to form a Big 3 with Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Unfortunately, their 2017-18 NBA season came to an end earlier than they expected after losing to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs.

While Anthony averaged a career-low in points (16.2) during the regular season, it was a new role for him. However, in six games against the Jazz, the 33-year-old only averaged 11.8 points (37.5 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from the three-point line) and 5.7 rebounds in 32.3 minutes. When asked if he would possibly consider coming off the bench for the 2018-19 season and beyond, Anthony had the following to say according to Royce Young of ESPN:

In addition, Anthony discussed his role in Oklahoma City, according to Young:

For a former 10-time All-Star like Anthony, it is difficult to accept that type of role after multiple seasons of being a team’s first option. Dwyane Wade, who was a part of Anthony’s 2003 NBA Draft class, eventually accepted a similar role with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat this season.

At 33 years old, Anthony has a player option worth $27.9 million for the 2018-19 season. As most believe he is declining and unwilling to accept a bench role, it will be interesting to see what ultimately happens this offseason as the Thunder are focused on re-signing Paul George.

Anthony averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in his 15th season.