Last month, Anthony opted into the final year of his contract, picking up a $28m option for the 2018/19 season, that contributed to a monster payroll touching nearly $310m after the re-signing of Paul George and Jeremi Grant.
Carmelo Anthony will become a free agent after being a key figure in a three-team National Basketball Association trade Thursday involving the Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers, according to reports.
As it turns out, there is a third team involved in the deal: the Philadelphia 76ers. Here's a quick recap of the moves, followed by grades for each team.
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"Tremendous save for OKC: Thunder get massive salary and luxury tax savings - almost $100M - without stretching Anthony's $28M". Philadelphia receives Mike Muscala from the Hawks, while Oklahoma City gets the Hawks' Dennis Schroder and the 76ers' Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot. There remain questions as to how Anthony would fit on this team and still issues to address with the roster, but we won't bother dissecting those until after the Rockets land him, if they are indeed able to do that. His playing time dwindled in the playoffs. In 121 National Basketball Association games, Luwawu-Cabarrot has averaged 6.1 points in 16.5 minutes per game. He averaged 16.2 points and struggled at times in his new role alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
The report also says Muscala is likely headed to another team in the near future, but the Thunder will keep Schroder. OKCSam Presti and coach Billy Donovan were given permission to talk with Schroder, and they're enthusiastic about partnership.
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. As we've seen, even a post-lottery pick can be incredibly useful in the right hands. 27-year old forward Mike Muscala was also reported as being Thunder-bound.