Report: Carmelo Anthony Traded to Atlanta Hawks as Part of Three-Team Deal

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - DECEMBER 7: Carmelo Anthony (L) of Oklahoma City Thunder in action against Allen Crabbe (R) of Brooklyn Nets during a NBA regular season game between Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma Thunder at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico on December 7, 2017. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

According to reports, the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded forward Carmelo Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks. The Thunder will receive point guard Dennis Schroder from Atlanta along with small forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hawks are receiving a 2022 lottery protected first round pick from Oklahoma City, along with Anthony and forward Justin Anderson from Philadelphia. Atlanta will send center Mike Muscala to the Sixers.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news earlier today:

The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly planning to buyout Anthony, which would allow him to receive his full $27.9 million salary.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported this soon after the trade:

Report: Carmelo Anthony Traded to Atlanta Hawks as Part of Three-Team Deal

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be the frontrunners for Anthony once he officially hits the open market. He is good friends with both Rockets point guard Chris Paul and new Lakers forward LeBron James. The Rockets just lost Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza in free agency, so Anthony would be able to help fill the sudden need Houston has on the wing.

Looking at the Future

As for the Hawks, the first round pick they will receive will help them in their rebuild. Andersen is a former first-round pick who still possesses some upside at age 24. It was no secret that Atlanta wanted to trade Schroder, as well. He still has three years left on his contract that pays him $15.5 million per season. While he is an effective player, Schroder only shot 29 percent from three last year and was arrested in September of 2017. The Hawks drafted Trae Young and traded for Jeremy Lin, signifying that they were ready to move on from Schroder.

Saving Money

The Thunder will save close to $100 million by offloading Anthony due to the luxury tax. Anthony is coming off of a down year, in which he averaged a career low 16.2 PPG. He also shot 40.4 percent from the field, which was another career low. Anthony was also relatively ineffective on defense. In Schroder, the Thunder get a really good backup point guard and sixth man. Luwawu-Cabarrot has some upside, as well. He is still 23 years old and could develop into a solid two way player, if his jumpshot continues to improve.

The Sixers give up two players, who would not of cracked their rotation, in Andersen and Luwawu-Cabarrot and receive Muscala who should give them quality minutes.

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 7: Carmelo Anthony (L) of Oklahoma City Thunder in action against Allen Crabbe (R) of Brooklyn Nets during a NBA regular season game between Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma Thunder at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico on December 7, 2017. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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