OKC Thunder Trade Carmelo Anthony To Atlanta Hawks

Carmelo Anthony Thunder

Carmelo Anthony Thunder

We knew it was only a matter of time, but on Thursday the Oklahoma City Thunder finally parted ways with Carmelo Anthony.

The 34-year-old is headed to the Atlanta Hawks, where ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski revealed he will be waived, and join a team of his choosing.

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.

Then under the overall deal, Muscala will go to the 76ers and Philadelphia will send forward Justin Anderson to Atlanta and French swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to Oklahoma City.

The Houston Rockets are the front-runners to sign Anthony, who also is considering the Miami Heat, league sources said.

Atlanta drafted Trae Young to be its point guard of the future, so Schroder, owed almost $47 million over the next three seasons, was expendable. The Thunder are eager to add Schroder's speed and ball-handling ability to the mix with All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

The pick the Thunder are sending the Hawks is 2022 lottery protected first rounder (1-14). 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 past year after hitting 41.8 percent in 2016-17. The 6-foot-11 forward/center averaged 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.0 minutes and shot 37.1 percent from 3-point last season. It has been no secret for months that, despite Schroder being a talented player, Atlanta has been trying to unload the 24-year-old German point guard.

As for Schroder, it has been rumored for quite some time that his days in Atlanta were numbered, especially after the team traded for veteran point guard Jeremy Lin just days after selecting Trae Young in the NBA Draft.

As it turns out, there is a third team involved in the deal: the Philadelphia 76ers. He was selected by the Mavericks with the No. 21 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.

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