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

23 July, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Carmelo Anthony is one-and-done in Oklahoma City. His contract worth $27.9 million is expected to be bought out by the Hawks which will make him a free agent, giving him free rein on where to continue his career. Philadelphia will send Justin Anderson to Atlanta and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrott to the Thunder.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired point guard Dennis Schroeder from the Atlanta Hawks and the 24-year-old will help as a scoring option off the bench. Last season, he averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists. But by trading for Lin, the Hawks gave themselves a veteran point guard who can be a mentor to Young this season - and one who, if he can stay healthy after two injury-riddled seasons in Brooklyn, they could flip before February's trade deadline. The Rockets are the frontrunners to land Anthony, according to Wojnarowski.

The trade will save the Thunder about $100 million in luxury tax, as they get rid of Anthony's almost $28 million contract for next season. Oklahoma City's payroll will now rest at $148.7 million with the movement of Anthony and Muscala. It took time for Anthony to adapt, and he never completely got comfortable playing as a catch-and-shoot stretch-4. He shot just 37.5 percent from the field and mustered 11.8 points a night. In essence, Oklahoma City is paying $5 million in each of the next three seasons for a 24-year-old point guard who has started 161 games in five National Basketball Association seasons.

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But Lawrence reported that getting rid of Schroder, who has three years and $46.5 million ($63.2m) left on his contract, was Atlanta's "No. 1 priority". In comparison, he averaged 22.4 points on 43% shooting in 34.3 minutes a game prior to his lone Thunder season. The 10-time All-Star has made more than $230 million in on the court salary since breaking into the league as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.

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