Hawks get Anthony; will waive him

Hawks get Anthony; will waive him

Shams Charania of Yahoo!

Golden State won a third NBA title in four seasons last month, sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Anthony will never play a game for the Hawks.

Wojnarowski added Anthony is expected to be waived and bought out by the Hawks and will be able to choose his next team, with the Houston Rockets the frontrunner for his services. In 78 games, Anthony averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from the floor. Through five National Basketball Association seasons, all with the Hawks, he has shot 37.8 percent from 3-point range, though he dipped to 37.1 percent a year ago after hitting 41.8 percent in 2016-17. The Thunder were looking to get out of Melo's deal and the Hawks were doing the same with Schroder. There were only a handful of teams with the cap space to absorb Anthony's $27.9 million contract for next season in a deal, and Atlanta emerged as the prime suitor.

If OKC had just stretched Anthony, it would have had $9.6 million in dead money on its books that it couldn't have done anything with this year.

OKC Thunder Trade Carmelo Anthony To Atlanta Hawks

Luwawu-Cabbarot is two years removed from being selected with the No. 24 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. 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.

By all accounts, this deal figures to have benefitted everyone involved. The charges against Schroder were recommended to be upgraded from misdemeanor to felony.

It came to a head during the Thunder's postseason series against the Utah Jazz, with Anthony's role being reduced throughout the series. Schroder has three years and $46.5 million left on his deal. But the Hawks clearly wanted to move on from the Schroder (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) after drafting Oklahoma point guard Trae Young in the first round of the 2018 draft in June. But then Nemanja Bjelica backed out of an agreement to join the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Serbian forward appears likely to join the Sacramento Kings instead.

Atlanta also picked up Justin Anderson, a tough, 6-6 wing capable of guarding multiple positions and occasionally getting hot from the 3-point line.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was first to report the initial trade.

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