The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract.
Anthony's contract, which has one year and $27.9 million ($37.9m) remaining, was expected to make a trade hard.
Muscala, who is not expected to remain with the Thunder, has also played all five seasons of his National Basketball Association career with Atlanta, and averaged 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds a game last season. Philly will receive Mike Muscala while Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot heads to OKC and Justin Anderson is dealt to Atlanta. The Hawks' offense had the most possessions per game run through their pick-and-roll ball-handler last season. However, after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs past year, Anthony was asked about doing that for OKC and literally laughed the question off. According to Peach Tree Hoops, the club elected to part ways with the point guard, and because his contract was non-guaranteed, the Hawks will save $1.378 million in salary cap space for the upcoming 2018 season. He averaged 16.2 points per game, but struggled at times in his new role.More news: Ritz recall: Certain snacks recalled due to salmonella concerns
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The team drafted its point guard of the future in Trae Young, as well as a capable backup/starter and veteran leader to pair with him at the one in Jeremy Lin. He's been linked to the Rockets, Heat and Lakers, with Houston most widely accepted as the frontrunner. Carroll played in six summer league games for the team, averaging 4.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in nine minutes. While it's unclear if this is how Schroeder will be used for the Thunder next year, it's certainly a possibility and it could be make him an excellent fit in Oklahoma City.
He also has been a locker-room favorite among his teammates for the past four seasons, bringing a needed edge and in-your-face style on the court.
Anthony, 34, is coming off the worst performance of his career in his only season with the Thunder.