In a long-awaited move, the Oklahoma City Thunder rid themselves of the former Syracuse Orange star’s large contract, though not through expected means. The Atlanta Hawks, owners of most of the cap space remaining in basketball this summer, will facilitate the waiving of his contract. Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the trade.
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In return, the Thunder will acquire Dennis Schroder to add to their back court depth. Atlanta had been trying to offload his contract as they develop Trae Young and continue their rebuild. He’s owed $15-million each of the next three seasons, so OKC takes on $45-million in the long term to rid themselves of Anthony’s $28-million owed this year.
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Oklahoma City trades Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 1st Round Pick to Atlanta for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala. (Via ESPN) pic.twitter.com/kevpMZxLYm
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Carmelo Anthony's player efficiency rating was at its peak in 2012-13 when he ranked 4th in the NBA behind only LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul.
Since then? Well… pic.twitter.com/UywypCraEL
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