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

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OKC Thunder Trade Carmelo Anthony To Atlanta Hawks

Twitter reacted to the news by applauding the 10-time All-Star's ability to continue to make his money. Anthony will be waived by the Hawks, clearing the way for him to sign as a free agent elsewhere. In 121 National Basketball Association games, Luwawu-Cabarrot has averaged 6.1 points in 16.5 minutes per game.

Multiple deals and trade rumors had been outlined, including here at SDS on multiple occasions, but in the end, the last rumor was the one that proved true. Anthony will comfortably fill that gap and would just need to work on his chemistry with ball-dominant stars Chris Paul and the newly-minted league MVP James Harden.

The Oklahoma City Thunder finally parted ways with Carmelo Anthony, but it sounds like veteran forward will receive a similar fate with his new team.

Justin Anderson will go to Atlanta from Philadelphia and Mike Muscala heads the other way. The Thunder had to include a future first-round pick (lottery protected) in order to facilitate the trade, but they got a consolation prize in 24-year-old point guard Schroder, who Atlanta desperately wanted to unload after drafting Trae Young as the point guard of the future in June. Anthony averaged 11.8 points in the series, shooting just 37.5 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from 3-point range.

Schroder is a German global point guard who averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists last season, while Muscala is a power forward who averaged 7.6 points per game in 2017.

It was a relatively complicated deal with the third team coming in, but each team accomplished something through the trade.

Acquiring Schroder, who was obsolete in Atlanta once the Hawks made a decision to acquire the rights to rookie point guard Trae Young on Draft night, gives OKC a young veteran who can create offense for himself and others when Westbrook needs a blow. Luwawu-Cabarrot, 6-foot-6, could develop into a 3-and-D guy on the wing for Oklahoma City, but he's already 23 and has struggled in limited minutes.

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