One day after the Thunder were eliminated from their first round series against the Jazz, Carmelo Anthony rejected the possibility of accepting a bench role next season.
"Yeah, I'm not sacrificing no bench role," Anthony said. "That's out of the question."
Anthony struggled at times this season and was particularly limited in the playoffs.
When asked about moving to the second unit, and asking Paul George as he walked by, "Hey, P! They want me to come off the bench!"
Anthony is owed $28 million on the final season of his contract.
Anthony said he's going to have to weigh his basketball happiness with whatever he decides.
"I think for me, my focus would be on kind of figuring out what I want out of the rest of my career, what I want in my future, what am I willing to accept, if I'm willing to accept that at all," Anthony, 34, said. "I think everybody knows that I've sacrificed kind of damned near everything, family, moving here by myself, sacrificed my game for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order for this situation to work out. So it's something I really have to think about, if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball."