Hawks get Anthony; will waive him

Hawks get Anthony; will waive him

His one and only season with the Thunder was underwhelming for Anthony.

Offloading Anthony is expected to ease the Thunder's eye-watering tax bill while allowing the former New York Knick to seek a new challenge after a hard season.

On Thursday afternoon, the answer arrived.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Steven Adams' Thunder have shipped Anthony to the Hawks along with a protected 2022 first-round draft pick, in return for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala. The Thunder get Dennis Schroder and TLC, while the Hawks also get a 2022 first round pick from Houston and Justin Anderson from the Philadelphia 76ers. He's also an asset that could stay or be traded again.

Anthony will never play a game for the Hawks.

The complex maneuver came about because Anthony opted in to his contract with the Thunder, but they wanted to part ways with the 15-season National Basketball Association veteran.

The report says the Hawks will waive Anthony and let him sign with whichever team he wants, with Houston being the frontrunner.

Winderman went on to list even more factors that would make Miami an attractive option for Anthony, including his close relationship with Wade.

The Thunder's projected luxury tax bill, meanwhile, will drop from $150 million to $88.8 million, saving them $62 million.

To put that in context: No team in National Basketball Association history has cleared the $200 million barrier. The team moved down from No. 3 to No. 5 while drafting Young, passing on Luka Doncic and Jaren Jackson Jr.in the process, so there's little doubt they're high on the former Oklahoma star as the future of their backcourt.

For now, the focus in Oklahoma City will be on Schroder - a talented, if mercurial, player.

Schroder comes to the Thunder for a desired need: another fast, playmaking point guard for a revved-up bench behind All-Star guard Russell Westbrook. It would have counted against the salary cap, and Oklahoma City would have had no way to get it off the books. Beyond Schroder's temperament, he is another spotty shooter for a team that has struggled to find spacing in the past, and his defense can be inconsistent. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

"I think we have a team that can play really fast", Donovan said last week at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.

Atlanta drafted Trae Young to be its point guard of the future, so Schroder, owed almost $47 million over the next three seasons, was expendable.

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

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