Yesterday, June 19 the Oklahoma City Thunder traded away Carmelo Anthony. The ten-time NBA all-star has expressed strong interest in joining the Houston Rockets since the beginning of this offseason. Therefore, you should not expect to see him shooting any jumpers in a Hawks uniform.
Trusted NBA Insider, Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news yesterday. According to Woj, the Hawks will receive a protected 2022 first-round pick in exchange for Dennis Schroder.
Schroder has started for the Hawks for the past two seasons and has proven All-Star potential. The German-born point guard averaged a career-high 19.6 points and 6.2 assists per game last season. Schroder waisted no time embracing his new team. He changed his Instagram profile picture as soon as the trade went down.
Last season OKC lacked scoring and playmaking ability from their second unit. With Schroder, he will be the perfect fit for the role, similar to Reggie Jackson when he played in Oklahoma.
On the other end of the trade, Melo will be waived by Atlanta. He will most likely join 2018 MVP James Harden and nine-time all star, Chris Paul, in Houston. The deal works out perfectly for each party. Anthony will be paid his full $27.9 million. Schroder will step into a much needed role on OKC’s roster; in addition to being on a playoff bound team. The Hawks will turn over point guard duties to their promising 1st round pick, Trae Young. The Thunder are expected to save an enormous amount of money by getting rid of Melo, and he is in full control of his future. Everyone wins.
Anthony will get his entire $27.9M in the buyout and waiver with Hawks. It could take a few days to work thru logistics on trade. 'Melo met with Rockets and Heat in Las Vegas. Again, Rockets are the frontrunner. https://t.co/2rbDZ7vUu1
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 19, 2018
There has been no word from Anthony since the trade went down. One can speculate his next announcement to be with his new team.