This was taken from a Thunder board. No one should be upset that he opted in. Everyone should be upset for Presti having the disaster that was last off-season. That is why OKC is in this mess. It is going to continue to get worse before there is any chance of it getting better. Melo opting in was the only way OKC had a chance to improve the roster. They still have to get him to waive his NTC and get a team to take him to buy him out just to use his contract as an expiring, but if he opt out OKC had no real options to improve the roster. They still have the taxpayer's MLE either way, but assuming PG stays that is all they were working with. Atlanta could be interesting if they want to clear space for next off-season. Melo and Singler for Bazemore and Schroder. OKC gets another 3&D wing in Bazemore and a young backup PG in Schroder. Atlanta clears their space to go into next off-season with room for 2 max FAs. Assuming their youth shows flashes they can offer FAs a chance to play in a city with a big hiphop community and get paid. I think Atlanta should be looking at 2020 not 2019, but you never know what a team is thinking. LAC could wanting 2019 cap space and OKC gamble on Gallinari for Melo. Memphis would be interesting with Parsons for Melo. If Parsons were to stay healthy in a 6th man role OKC could get a nice boost. Memphis probably also includes future picks to unload Parsons. Melo seems to still think it is 4-5 years ago and at that time Conley, Melo and Gasol would have probably been a 2nd round playoff team so Melo could waive his NTC and Memphis also seems to be thinking that way so they might like Melo. Melo for Ryan Anderson might still be on the table.