OKC trade all-star Carmelo Anthony in odd three-way deal after lacklustre season

Posted July 21, 2018

"Oklahoma City was able to accomplish two things by trading Carmelo Anthony to Atlanta, improve the roster while saving $73M this season". Philly needed a stretch four who could shoot, and Muscala is a career 38 percent three-point shooter.

The Oklahoma City Thunder finally parted ways with Carmelo Anthony, but it sounds like veteran forward will receive a similar fate with his new team. Schroder averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists last season.

Anthony's lone season in Oklahoma City was largely a bust. Among those with over 100 opportunities, he had the highest field goal percentage (48.9 percent) in the National Basketball Association. But the 34-year-old Anthony can still score, even though his average fell to 16.2 points last season as the Thunder's third option behind Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Though it stands to reason that the 10-time All-Star will not be making his decision of where to play based on his wallet thanks to his huge contract buyout. OKC wants more speed, another ball handler. The 24-year-old finished last season averaging 6.2 points over 38 games.

Anthony opted in earlier this summer to accept the $28 million he was due next season.

It has been known since the end of the season that OKC meant to part ways with Anthony.

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But Lawrence reported that getting rid of Schroder, who has three years and $46.5 million ($63.2m) left on his contract, was Atlanta's "No. 1 priority".

On the other side of the deal, Schroder is most likely being demoted to a bench role behind Westbrook.

Schroder comes with some baggage.

For the Hawks, this deal allows them to get out of Schroder's contract and commit to Trae Young at point guard while adding a possible future first-rounder. He was arrested in September following a fight at a hookah bar, an issue that has not been resolved. The Hawks also added Brooklyn's Jeremy Lin.