Hawks get Anthony; will waive him

Hawks get Anthony; will waive him

That's particularly noteworthy because Carmelo Anthony, who's no longer on the team, had 3.1 such plays per game last season.

Carmelo Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks earlier this week, who plan to buy him out. Anthony is supposed to be waived and sign with the Houston Rockets as a free agent.

ESPN, which first reported the trade, said the Thunder will send Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, and Philadelphia's Justin Anderson will be sent to Atlanta. The Hawks want to struggle and lose the next couple of seasons and by taking on Anthony's contract, they will have less money to spend on other players.

The move lets the Thunder save some money under National Basketball Association salary cap rules, nearly $100 million according to ESPN, and gives Anthony not only the money but free agency. The Thunder were desperate to move Anthony's albatross contract, staring down the barrel of a $300-million-dollar plus salary and tax bill. The Thunder finished 48-34 - a one-win improvement from a year ago - and got eliminated by the Utah Jazz in the opening round of the playoffs. Anthony averaged 16.2 points, shot 40.4% from the field and connected on 35.7% of his threes.

Jeremy Lin passes the ball
Jeremy Lin passes the ball

According to the venerable David Aldridge, Anthony has been telling people close to him that he will ultimately sign with the Rockets.

The team drafted its point guard of the future in Trae Young, as well as a capable backup/starter and veteran leader to pair with him at the one in Jeremy Lin. However, getting Dennis Schroder will solve one of the most glaring flaws in the Thunder's offence last season, a tendency to fall off the rails the moment Russell Westbrook sat on the bench. The 23-year-old finished last season averaging 5.8 points over 52 games with seven starts.

He will be released by the Hawks and end up signing with the Houston Rockets. In comparison, he averaged 22.4 points on 43% shooting in 34.3 minutes a game prior to his lone Thunder season.

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