Hawks get Anthony; will waive him

Hope Soto
July 20, 2018

The Thunder have agreed to trade forward Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick to the Hawks, reports ESPN.

Anderson is joining his third team in four seasons.

Anthony's lone season in Oklahoma City was largely a bust. The Thunder were looking to get out of Melo's deal and the Hawks were doing the same with Schroder.

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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 ). He didn't get much playing time for the Sixers after coming over during the 2016-17 season, but he could carve out a spot in the rotation for the Hawks, who aren't exactly prioritizing winning this season. In 78 games, Anthony averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from the floor. The Thunder is projected to zoom past that number, though it's likely it will waive and stretch Kyle Singler's contract and replace him with someone on a minimum deal, which would save Oklahoma City another $14 million or so.

The 34-year-old forward, a three-time Olympic champion for the United States and 10-team NBA All-Star, will be paid his entire $27.9 million contract and have the freedom to join any club, with the Houston Rockets reportedly in hot pursuit.

The Hawks were motivated to move Schroder after drafting Trae Young with the fifth overall pick last month and then trading with Brooklyn for veteran point guard Jeremy Lin. The only issue to resolve was what form that departure would come in: Anthony could be traded elsewhere before being waived and allowed to pursue a new home, or the Thunder could waive him itself. Through five National Basketball Association seasons, all with the Hawks, he has shot 37.8 percent from 3-point range, though he dipped to 37.1 percent previous year after hitting 41.8 percent in 2016-17. He became coveted by Philadelphia after free agent Nemanja Bjelica backed out of a verbal agreement with the 76ers this week. In Game 6, Anthony played only 26 minutes, including just three in the fourth quarter.

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