Anthony set for free agency after three-team National Basketball Association deal

Carmelo Anthony likely is getting his wish once again

Carmelo Anthony likely is getting his wish once again

Dennis Schröder and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot are headed to Oklahoma City, while Justin Anderson and Carmelo Anthony along with a 2022 lottery protected first-round pick are headed to Atlanta while Mike Muscala is headed to Philly to finish out the 3-team deal. The Thunder will save an additional $11 million with Schroder's $15.5 million contract and the $1.5 million cap hit of Luwawu-Cabarrot. He struggled as the third option behind Russell Westbrook and Paul George, who will be returning to OKC next season without him.

Carmelo Anthony's departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder has been assured for weeks.

After using the No. 5 pick to select point guard Trae Young in the 2018 draft and trading for point guard Jeremy Lin a week ago, the Hawks part ways with Schroder, who averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists over 67 games in the 2017-18 season.

News of this potential deal first surfaced on Wednesday when it was reported by Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News that the Thunder were targeting Schroder in a deal. The Hawks just wanted a first for Schroder, and got one from OKC, which wouldn't have been able to move Anthony's whole contract without it.

Anthony was acquired from the New York Knicks before training camp opened last season, and waived his no-trade clause. 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.

Last year, Schroeder had 3.2 isolation-based plays per game. The Thunder aren't winning a title this year anyway with the Golden State Warriors and Rockets lording over the West, but they remain a viable threat to reach the conference semifinals.

This all comes off a season that was arguably the worst of Anthony's career. If Oklahoma City can't figure out a way to make it work, they may be looking to eventually deal the point guard. That effort only intensified when Atlanta made Trae Young the center of its rebuilding effort by trading back to acquire him during last month's National Basketball Association draft.

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