Carmelo Anthony's free agency wish comes true after trade to Atlanta

Carmelo Anthony's free agency wish comes true after trade to Atlanta

Carmelo Anthony's free agency wish comes true after trade to Atlanta

As reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, OKC will be sending Melo and a protected 2022 first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for disgruntled point guard Dennis Schroder and backup big Mike Muscala.

The Thunder traded Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday in a three-team deal that included Dennis Schroder being shipped off to OKC.

Muscala, also drafted by Atlanta in 2013, brings size and shooting to Philadelphia.

According to the venerable David Aldridge, Anthony has been telling people close to him that he will ultimately sign with the Rockets. Now it's just a case of if he's going to Houston or Miami.

James Harden is a fan of the Rockets picking up Carmelo Anthony.

That being said, Melo was coming off a dismal season past year, averaging career-lows in points (16.2), field goal percentage (40%) and minutes per game (32.1). He has a no-trade clause, and he only approved the deal because the Hawks will cut him, allowing Anthony to collect his entire $27.9 million salary for the 2018-19 season. The Thunder chose instead to take on Schroder's $15.5 million for next year. A person with knowledge of the agreement told the AP that Smart, who averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game last season, will be paid $52 million over the next four years. He was arrested in September following a fight at a hookah bar, an issue that has not been resolved. The charges against Schroder were recommended to be upgraded from misdemeanor to felony. 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. The stretch provision would have added $9 million-plus a year to the Thunder's payroll for the next three years, dead money that could not be moved off the cap.

Anthony's contract, which has one year and $27.9 million ($37.9m) remaining, was expected to make a trade hard. He averaged 16.2 points per game, but struggled at times in his new role. The Hawks have been shopping veteran forward Kent Bazemore since before this year's Draft.

Still, the Thunder's new acquisition comes with some potential hurdles.

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