Carmelo Anthony dealt to Hawks in three-team trade

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OKC Thunder Trade Carmelo Anthony To Atlanta Hawks
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21 July, 2018

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract.

The Rockets have emerged as the favorites to land Anthony once he becomes a free agent and the league's reigning Most Valuable Player is a fan of his team picking him up. "Melo" averaged just 11.8 points per game on 38% shooting. Mission accomplished. They also got a future first-rounder out of the deal, which will convey as long as the Thunder continue to make the playoffs, which they should. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. The Chicago Bulls signed guard Antonio Blakeney to an National Basketball Association contract after the former Louisiana State player split time between the National Basketball Association team and the G League's Windy City Bulls last season.

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This Carmelo Anthony trade will end up being a three-team deal: Muscala will end up with Sixers, Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot will go to OKC and Justin Anderson will go the Hawks, I'm told. He averaged 16.2 points per game, but struggled at times in his new role. OKC will save less money by trading Anthony rather than stretching him, but in doing so the Thunder will also address a major need that was clear to any who've watched the team the last couple of years - an offense that falls apart whenever Westbrook is on the bench. According to Wojnarowski, the Hawks were "motivated" to trade Schroder after adding rookie Trae Young and veteran Jeremy Lin to their point-guard rotation this summer. He averaged a career-high 19.4 points along with 6.2 assists in 31.0 minutes per game last season, although his 3-point accuracy dipped to 29.0 percent from 34.0 percent the year before.


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