Report: Thunder, Carmelo Anthony part ways in three-team deal with Hawks, 76ers

Carmelo Anthony is finally on the move. Before he gets to his final destination, though, he’ll have a brief layover in Atlanta.

Longtime NBA scribe Mitch Lawrence had reported Wednesday that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks were in talks on a deal that would send Anthony, a 10-time All-Star forward who had an up-and-down season in his lone campaign in Oklahoma City, to Georgia in a deal that would amount to a roster- and cap-sheet-clearing move for both sides. The news came down Thursday afternoon from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that they’d put the finishing touches on what turned out to be a three-team deal involving the Philadelphia 76ers.

The full trade:

• Anthony, forward Justin Anderson and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick go to Atlanta, with Anthony getting bought out — and receiving his full $27.9 million salary for 2018-19, which instantly makes him one of the summer’s biggest winners — to enter unrestricted free agency;

• Point guard Dennis Schröder and wing Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot go to Oklahoma City;

• Big man Mike Muscala heads to Philly.

When Anthony’s buyout is completed, he’ll hit the free market, and be able to join any team he chooses. It’s been widely reported that the Houston Rockets, who lost forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, will be the frontrunners for his services.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 12, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 4: Carmelo Anthony #15 smiles during the Syracuse Orangemen practice for their Final Four game of the NCAA Tournament on April 4, 2003 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 7: Carmelo Anthony #15 of Syracuse celebrates with Hakim Warrick #1 and other teammates after he and his team defeated Kansas 81-78 during the championship game of the NCAA Men's Final Four Tournament on April 7, 2003 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Anthony was named the tournaments most outstanding player. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: (R-L) LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony gets some laughs prior to the 2003 NBA Draft at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2003 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: 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. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Carmelo Anthony from Syracuse gets selected #3 overall in the first round by the Denver Nuggets shakes hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern during the 2003 NBA Draft at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2003 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: 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. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER CO., JUNE 27, 2003 - Denver Nuggets General Manager KiKi Vandeweghe , left, hands the Nuggets uniform to Carmelo Anthony from Syracuse University with Denver Nuggets first pick (third overall) in NBA Draft 2003 at Pepsi Center on Friday afternoon. (THE DENVER POST PHOTO BY HYOUNG CHANG) (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Carmelo Anthony, winner of Best Male College Athlete (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage for ESPN)
Carmelo Anthony of the U.S. Olympic team celebrates alongisde head coach Larry Brown during their practice game against New Zealand, in Jacksonville, Florida July 30, 2004. The U.S. team will also play against Puerto Rico on July 31 in Jacksonville in preparation of the summer Olympics in Athens. REUTERS/Tami Chappell TLC/GN
Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets (L) and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers talk during the 2005 NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge game in Denver February 18, 2005. Both players were playing on the sophomore team in the game. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson RTW
Denver Nuggets guard Carmelo Anthony (15) drives to the hoop to score 2 of his career high 42 points, leading his team to a 101-85 win against the Charlotte Bobcats at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, December 13, 2005. REUTERS/Robert Padgett
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets listens to his head phones prior to a game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2006 in New York, New York. The Nuggets won 123-100. NOTE TO USER: 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER - DECEMBER 26: Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets gives a thumbs up against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 26, 2007 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson (L) celebrates in the closing seconds with teammate Carmelo Anthony as they defeated the Phoenix suns in the NBA basketball game in Denver, Colorado April 1, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (L) chats up Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony (R) in Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, April 23, 2008. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)
(L-R) Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony joke during USA men's basketball team training for the Beijing Olympics, in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 28, 2008. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES) (BEIJING OLYMPICS 2008 PREVIEW)
Carmelo Anthony (L), Dwight Howard (C) and Kobe Bryant of the U.S. sit on the bench during the final minutes of their Group B men's basketball game against China at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 10, 2008. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (CHINA)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony goes to the hoop past Dallas Mavericks' Jason Kidd (L) and Dirk Nowitzki during Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoffs in Denver May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates a three-point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, May 19, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony (R) reaches in on Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the second quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals basketball game in Denver May 29, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)
(L-R) New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony poses with teammates Amar'e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups at a news conference to introduce Anthony and Billups as the newest members of the Knicks, after being acquired from the Denver Nuggets in a trade, at Madison Square Garden in New York February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
East All Star Amare Stoudamire (L) of the New York Knicks and West All Star Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets look for a rebound during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Los Angeles, February 20, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
New York Knicks forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire (R) share a laugh on the bench in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden in New York, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after he made a three-point shot against the Orlando Magic in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Olympics - London 2012 Olympic Games - North Greenwich Arena - 12/8/12 Basketball - Men's Basketball Gold Medal Game - USA v Spain - (From L-R) USA's Kevin Durrant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant celebrate with their gold medals Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Childs Livepic PLEASE NOTE: FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after he was called for a foul against the Indiana Pacers in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff series at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 5, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
NBA basketball player Carmelo Anthony poses at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Sports 2014 award show in Los Angeles July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT BASKETBALL)
Nov 20, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after a three point basket during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 104-94. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
2016 Rio Olympics - Basketball - Final - Men's Gold Medal Game Serbia v USA - Carioca Arena 1 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 21/8/2016. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski (USA) of the USA congratulates Carmelo Anthony (USA) of the USA during the latter part of the game. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Basketball - Final - Men's Victory Ceremony - Carioca Arena 1 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 21/8/2016. Carmelo Anthony (USA) of the USA poses with fans. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. Picture Supplied by Action Images
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 10: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on October 10, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - OCTOBER 8: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches game action against Melbourne United during the first half of a NBA preseason game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on October 8, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: 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. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 23: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder controls the ball in the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on December 23, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: 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. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 25: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watch the game clock during the second half of game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Utah Jazz at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 25, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: 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. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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After landing former Oklahoma star Trae Young in the 2018 NBA draft and swinging a deal for Jeremy Lin last week, the Hawks — who’d reportedly been looking to move Schröder, the boom-or-bust German-born playmaker who’d been pretty clear that he didn’t want to spend his prime years in a rebuilding situation like the one Atlanta’s clearly in right now — were all set at the point guard position and still had a little over $11.3 million in salary cap space. The deal frees up minutes at the point for Young and Lin, sheds the $46.5 million in fully guaranteed money still owed to Schröder through the 2020-21 season, adds another first-round pick to the rebuild war chest being amassed by general manager Travis Schlenk, and gives new head coach Lloyd Pierce a familiar face — the athletic, defense-first Anderson, with whom Pierce worked as an assistant in Philly — to add to the mix as he starts establishing himself in Atlanta.

For Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti, the deal accomplishes two goals. First, it sheds Anthony’s ’18-’19 salary, allowing the Thunder to chop down what was poised to be a league-record luxury-tax bill by a substantial margin. It’s not quite the nine-figure relief they would’ve gotten by waiving Anthony outright or finding a place to move him with without taking on any salary in return — an impossibility, once the teams with max-level cap space had spent it on players in the July free agency window. It still saves a ton of money, though — $73 million in salary and tax this season, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks — while actually adding to this year’s roster.

The Hawks’ previous administrations drafted and committed to Schröder, who has found his fair share of detractors through five NBA seasons through a combination of shot-jacking offense (he averaged a shade under 20 shots per 36 minutes last year, despite shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 29 percent from 3-point range), absent defense and various on- and off-court issues. But he’s undeniably talented, the kind of lightning-quick pick-and-roll playmaker who can make you want to bet on him.

He’s also proven capable of showing up in big ways in big moments. Schröder was arguably Atlanta’s best offensive player during their first-round 2017 playoff series against the Washington Wizards, averaging 24.7 points and 7.7 assists per game while going toe-to-toe with the likes of John Wall and Bradley Beal before the Hawks bowed out in six games. Now, the 24-year-old guard will be Oklahoma City’s No. 2 table-setter behind Russell Westbrook, giving the Thunder a supercharged second-unit scoring threat ahead of steady veteran Raymond Felton, and adding some playmaking spice to a team in search of a more free-flowing and versatile offense after last season’s often awkward flow. French swingman Luwawu-Cabarrot fell out of the rotation in Philadelphia last year as the Sixers moved from “theoretical power” to “actual very good NBA team,” but he’s a 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing with a 6-foot-11 wingspan and some bounce to his game. Picking him up is a very Sam Presti move — when in doubt, bet on the Thunder to make a viable player out of the very young athlete with long arms — and will give head coach Billy Donovan another option as he looks for answers alongside George and the returning Andre Roberson at the small forward and shooting guard positions.

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NBA players who changed teams this offseason
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DeAndre Jordan

Old team: Los Angeles Clippers

New team: Dallas Mavericks

(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Austin Rivers

Old team: Los Angeles Clippers

New team: Washington Wizards

(Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)

Marcin Gortat

Old team: Washington Wizards

New team: Los Angeles Clippers

(Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

LeBron James

Old team: Cleveland Cavaliers

New team: Los Angeles Lakers

(Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Omri Casspi

Old team: Golden State Warriors

New team: Memphis Grizzlies

(Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

Trevor Ariza

Old team: Houston Rockets

New team: Phoenix Suns

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Nik Stauskas

Old team: Brooklyn Nets

New team: Portland Trail Blazers

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Lance Stephenson

Old team: Indiana Pacers

New team: Los Angeles Lakers

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Javale McGee

Old team: Golden State Warriors

New team: Los Angeles Lakers

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Doug McDermott

Old team: Dallas Mavericks

New team: Indiana Pacers

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Ed Davis

Old team: Portland Trail Blazers

New team: Brooklyn Nets

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Mario Hezonja

Old team: Orlando Magic

New team: New York Knicks

(Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rajon Rondo

Old team: New Orleans Pelicans

New team: Los Angeles Lakers

(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Jose Calderon

Old team: Cleveland Cavaliers

New team: Detroit Pistons

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DeMarcus Cousins

Old team: New Orleans Pelicans

New team: Golden State Warriors

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Julius Randle

Old team: Los Angeles Lakers

New team: New Orleans Pelicans

(Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jeff Green

Old team: Cleveland Cavaliers

New team: Washington Wizards

Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreke Evans

Old team: Memphis Grizzlies

New team: Indiana Pacers

Photo by Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson Chandler

Old team: Denver Nuggets

New team: Philadelphia 76ers

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dwight Howard

Old team: Charlotte Hornets

New team: Washington Wizards

(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Tony Parker

Old team: San Antonio Spurs

New team: Charlotte Hornets

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Seth Curry

Old team: Dallas Mavericks

New team: Portland Trail Blazers

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jonas Jerebko

Old team: Utah Jazz

New team: Golden State Warriors

(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

Isaiah Thomas

Old team: Los Angeles Lakers

New team: Denver Nuggets

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Jeremy Lin

Old team: Brooklyn Nets

New team: Atlanta Hawks

(Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Kyle Anderson

Old team: San Antonio Spurs

New team: Memphis Grizzlies

(Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kenneth Faried

Old team: Denver Nuggets

New team: Brooklyn Nets

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Garrett Temple

Old team: Sacramento Kings

New team: Memphis Grizzlies

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Ben McLemore

Old team: Memphis Grizzlies

New team: Sacramento Kings

(Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Demar DeRozan

Old team: Toronto Raptors

New team: San Antonio Spurs

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Jakob Poeltl

Old team: Toronto Raptors

New team: San Antonio Spurs

(Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Kawhi Leonard

Old team: San Antonio Spurs

New team: Toronto Raptors

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dennis Schroder

Old team: Atlanta Hawks

New team: Oklahoma City Thunder

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Mike Muscala

Old team: Atlanta Hawks

New team: Philadelphia 76ers

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony

Old team: Oklahoma City Thunder

New team: ???

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jared Dudley

Old team: Phoenix Suns

New team: Brooklyn Nets

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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