Carmelo Anthony dealt to Hawks in three-team trade

Carmelo Anthony dealt to Hawks in three-team trade

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade struggling superstar Carmelo Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks, according to reports. The Hawks reportedly will buyout Anthony's contract, which will make him an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Thunder traded Anthony plus a 2022 draft pick to Atlanta in exchange for guard Dennis Schroder and forward Mike Muscala.

The trade will save the Thunder about $100 million in luxury tax, as they get rid of Anthony's almost $28 million contract for next season. There are questions about Schroder's work ethic, attitude, defense, and ability to run a team, so it's likely going to take some work for OKC to incorporate him into their system.

After the season, he said he prefers to play with the ball in his hands more and said coming off the bench is "out of the question".

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In acquiring Schroder, Oklahoma City becomes younger and more athletic; the team is said to be excited for the opportunity to add Schroder to a core that features Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Steven Adams ( per Wojnarowski ). The 76ers will also send Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to Oklahoma City.

Since they didn't end up waiving or stretching him, the move to trade Anthony will now save the Thunder almost $100 million in combined salary and luxury tax. The stretch provision would have added $9 million-plus a year to the Thunder's payroll for the next three years, dead money that could not be moved off the cap.

But Muscala will be traded from OKC to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, giving the Thunder Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (5.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg in 2017-18) in return and sending Justin Anderson to Atlanta. The Thunder's payroll will stand at $148.7 million after the Anthony and Muscala deals.

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