Carmelo Anthony has until the end of Saturday to opt out of his current contract with the Thunder, but according to The New York Times, he is not planning to do so.

Anthony, 34, who is owed $27.9 million next season, is expected to let the deadline pass and remain with the Thunder next season.

Oklahoma City is expected to lose Paul George — possibly to the Lakers — leaving Anthony with Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams. 

If the Thunder feel George's absence leaves them short on talent in the tough Western Conference, they could try to trade Anthony. But moving the former No. 3 overall pick could prove challenging after he averaged just 16.2 points (a career-low) while shooting 40 percent from the field last season.

The Thunder acquired Anthony from the Knicks in September 2017, and it appears the two could remain together next season.