The Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony are exploring trade opportunities, and the Brooklyn Nets have emerged as a potential partner.
It’s Carmelo Anthony’s name once again being filtered in trade talks, as he and Oklahoma City attempt to negotiate a divorce before the summer ends.
While both sides are comfortable with the idea of a buyout, the Thunder would rather first explore trade options, and get something in return for the ten-time NBA All-Star.
Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets have emerged as a potential trade partner:
Oklahoma City looking to get something for Carmelo Anthony and talking to Brooklyn about a deal, with Jeremy Lin potentially going to OKC, per sources. Nets looking to get pick(s). Want to move Lin and would buy out Melo.
— Mitch Lawrence (@Mitch_Lawrence) July 11, 2018
General manager Sean Marks is dangling point guard Jeremy Lin, in hopes of earning a draft pick in return. This is likely another attempt at Brooklyn creating more cap space, after they previously traded for and bought out center Dwight Howard.
It makes sense for both sides. The Nets are looking to shed Lin in a roster filled with guards, and the Thunder would like to get some form of scoring in return for Anthony.
He averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game last season, despite hitting a career-high 169 three-pointers.
Lin played just one game for the Nets last season in which he ruptured his right patella tendon. He missed the rest of the regular season but is reportedly on time with rehab and will be ready for training camp.
Behind Paul George, Lin would be a reliable scoring presence at the two in OKC. He exercised his $12.5 million player option back in February.
Sean Marks may be getting ready to make another splash this summer, and a trade for Carmelo Anthony could only be the beginning. Brace yourselves Nets fans and turn on those Wojnarowski-Twitter notifications.