As such, the Thunder is likely set at the point guard position for the 2018-19 season.
Free agent point guard Raymond Felton will return to Oklahoma City in 2018 after signing a one-year deal with the Thunder on Tuesday night. ESPN's Bobby Marks, a former general manager, called it "an historic threshold" to cross. That player for the Thunder, without question, is Russell Westbrook, and his most important sidekick is Paul George - who re-signed this summer. Unless the Thunder shuffle the books, they will be on tap for a $150 million tariff coming into effect at season's end.
One way to bring the team's luxury tax bill is to waive Anthony, who chose to stay with the Thunder after exercising the $27.9 million option on his contract.
According to reports, the OKC can save $116 million in luxury tax payments by buying out Anthony's deal and then stretching the rest of his $2018-19 salary across multiple years, by allowing him to leave. He's a career 41 percent shooter, including 33 percent from three-point range, as well as almost 79 percent from the free throw line.
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With Felton turns 34, there's some concern he might fall off, and Oklahoma City doesn't really have an insurance policy on that possibility.
George, a five-time All-Star, was originally selected by the Pacers with the 10th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. "So that's out of the question", said Anthony, who has started all 1,054 games in his National Basketball Association career.
George averaged 21.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 2017-18, his first season with the Thunder.