The Carmelo Anthony trade talks are continuing to heat up. Oklahoma City and the Brooklyn Nets apparently spoke on sending Anthony to the Nets, with the Nets buying him out and would at least send Jeremy Lin to Oklahoma City.

While this guy isn’t verified, he is a legitimate NBA writer and radio guy for XM/Sirius.

Anthony, 34, is set to make $27.9 million this upcoming season and would cost over $132 million in cap and tax for the Thunder. Oklahoma City really wants to move him and save money in the process. Currently, their cap/tax is around $300 million.

There’s a couple of issues with the trade:

  1. Lin only makes $12.5 million. Despite being under the cap, Brooklyn would still have to match about $11 million to make the trade work.
  2. That leaves only two players who can match the totals: Allen Crabbe ($18.5 million) and DeMarre Carroll ($14.5 million).

Brooklyn wants assets. Oklahoma City doesn’t have a lot. So, this is going to be interesting in seeing what the Thunder can offer the Nets.

If this move happens Oklahoma City will save about $10 million in taxes alone. If they were to waive Carroll, it would reach $50 million in savings. If they were to waive Carroll and Singler, it would reach $70 million in tax savings.

One thing we know is for sure, if this is leaking out, it’s probably dead. Most Thunder trades don’t happen after they’ve been leaked. Remember the last time a Brooklyn trade leaked? Perkins for Brook Lopez? Yeah, we got Enes Kanter from Utah instead. You don’t betray Sam Presti’s trust.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on this trade if in fact, something does come from it.

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