Thunder Trades Carmelo Anthony for Dennis Schroder and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot in Three-Team Trade

A couple of days ago, a rumor began to circle the NBA social media scene that a trade including Carmelo Anthony was being worked out between the Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks. Today, that scenario became reality as Oklahoma City will send Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick in exchange for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala.

Point guard Dennis Schroder spent his first five seasons in Altanta, but he had some attitude problems last year, which is likely what led to him being traded. If he can get his personal issues worked out, he will serve as a solid backup to Russell Westbrook. Schroder averaged 19.4 points on 43.6% from the field and 29% from three, 6.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 31 minutes per game.

Schroder still has three years left on his contract, which is set to pay him $15.5 million per year, so there is always the possibility that Sam Presti could use him as a key piece in another trade.

Big man Mike Muscala also spent his first five seasons in Atlanta with the majority of his time coming off the bench. In 53 games last year, Muscala averaged 7.6 points on 45.8% shooting and 4.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game. Muscala is in the final year of his contract, and it is expected that he will not be with the Thunder for long. Whether he gets moved via a trade or is waived has yet to be decided.

Meanwhile in Atlanta, Carmelo Anthony is expected to be bought out soon, making the Houston Rockets the frontrunners to claim him. This appears to be a trade that benefits both teams financially, as the Thunder will save nearly $100 million through salary and luxury tax savings.

While the trade benefits both teams financially in the long run, depending upon what the Thunder organization wants to do with Schroder, the trade could benefit Oklahoma City beyond the finances. The Thunder wants to play at a faster pace this season, and Schroder fits in with that mindset perfectly.

Mike Muscala has been sent to the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Thunder has received small forward Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, a third-year player who averaged 6.4 points and 2.2 rebounds 17.2 minutes per game through 69 games last year. Luwawu is still on his rookie contract, which is set to pay him $1.88 million this season. There is a team option on his $3.29 million salary next season.

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