It's worth noting that the Felton signing pushing the Thunder's payroll into historic territory - more than $300 million in salary and luxury tax, as now constructed, my colleague Adrian Wojnarowski notes - isn't an argument against the move. Presumably, one of Oklahoma City's two-way roster spots will go to a point guard who can play in case of injury, like PJ Dozier a year ago.
In the waning minutes of July third, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder will resign free-agent Raymond Felton. ESPN's Bobby Marks, a former general manager, called it "an historic threshold" to cross.
Anthony is set to make $27.9 million this season, opting into the final year of his contract late last month. With a tax bill of $150 million, the pressure is now on Sam Presti to cut some costs - Carmelo Anthony and his $28 million being the most reasonable candidate.
One way to bring the team's luxury tax bill is to waive Anthony, who made a decision to stay with the Thunder after exercising the $27.9 million option on his contract.
By using the stretch provision, the Thunder would avoid the huge luxury tax pain this season at the cost of limiting salary cap flexibility for two future years. 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. George was on the block and demanding a trade from the Indiana Pacers to the Lakers, but the Pacers were rumored to want Brandon Ingram or the second overall pick in the draft in return.
"I'm not sacrificing no bench role". Melo is coming off his career-worst season, averaging 16.4 points per game on 40 percent shooting from the field, and at 34 years old, he isn't getting any better.
Noel, for his part, could serve as a backup to Adams. Last season, Noel played just 30 games for the Mavericks, averaging 4.4 points and 5.6 boards.