ESPN The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade forward Carmelo Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks, where he will be waived and become a free agent, league sources said. The Houston Rockets are the front-runners to sign Anthony, who also is considering the Miami Heat, league sources said. Along with Anthony and his $27.9 million expiring contract, the Thunder will send a 2022 protected first-round pick to the Hawks for guard Dennis Schroder and forward Mike Muscala. The 2022 first-round pick is protected 1-14 and becomes two second-round picks if not conveyed in that first year, league sources said. The Thunder will then send Muscala to the 76ers for forward TimotheyLuwawu-Cabarrot, and Philadelphia will send guard Justin Anderson to Atlanta, league sources said.
It had been rumored for weeks that the Thunder were going to release Carmelo Anthony, if they could not find a trade partner, and it was expected that nobody would trade for Carmelo and his ridiculous salary. At the same time, it was rumored that the Atlanta Hawks were desperately looking for a trade partner for point guard Dennis Schroder, because they didn’t want Schroder anywhere near their rookie point guard Trae Young. Turns out, these two unwanted players turned out to be a match, and a deal was made.
Carmelo Anthony was traded from the Thunder to the Hawks, but it’s a salary dump, he will be waived where he is expected to sign with the Houston Rockets (who are desperate for wing help after multiple free agent defections).
The Thunder get talented 24-year-old point guard Dennis Schroder, who averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists per game last season, but who can apparently be difficult to deal with both on and off the court. This is the part of the trade that is so interesting to me, I see no way that Schroder can play alongside Thunder star Russell Westbrook, Schroder is a ball dominant guard who only shot 29% from downtown last season. If Schroder can run the second unit, while Westbrook is on the bench, he could find success in Oklahoma City. Keep in mind Schroder has never really played with NBA quality teammates and had to do everything on the court for the Hawks at all times over the last few seasons, and with Westbrook, Paul George and Steven Adams on the roster, maybe Schroder will fall in line.
Also involved in the trade was Hawks big man Mitch Muscala, who will be rerouted to the 76ers, the 76ers will send Timothey Luwawu-Cabarrot to the Thunder, and also flip wing Justin Anderson to the Hawks.
The Thunder are sending a 2022 first round pick to Atlanta for taking Carmelo off their hands.