Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Thunder ship off Carmelo Anthony in multi-team trade

Thunder ship off Carmelo Anthony in multi-team trade

The Hawks will buy out and waive Anthony, allowing him to join another team, with the Rockets as the reported front-runner. According to Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets are the frontrunners. Anthony is also considering the Heat, according to ESPN. He averaged 16.2 points per game, but struggled at times in his new role. His playing time dwindled in the playoffs.

Carmelo Anthony's departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder has been assured for weeks. OKC wants more speed, another ball handler. The German guard averaged 19.4 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 67 games with the Hawks last season.

It remains to be seen whether Schroder will face a similar exit, but he does fill a need for the Thunder as a secondary creator who can play with and without Russell Westbrook. Royce Young of ESPN.com reports the 2022 pick will be lottery protected (picks 1-14), and if it doesn't convey, it will become two second-round picks.

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Muscala, also drafted by Atlanta in 2013, brings size and shooting to Philadelphia.

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. His presence could help replace the production of forward Ersan Ilyasova, who signed with the Milwaukee Bucks during free agency. The 23-year-old finished last season averaging 5.8 points over 52 games with seven starts. The Chicago Bulls signed guard Antonio Blakeney to an National Basketball Association contract after the former Louisiana State player split time between the National Basketball Association team and the G League's Windy City Bulls last season. Through five National Basketball Association seasons, all with the Hawks, he has shot 37.8 percent from 3-point range, though he dipped to 37.1 percent previous year after hitting 41.8 percent in 2016-17. He was selected by the Mavericks with the No. 21 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

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