Carmelo Anthony has told friends he’ll join Rockets


The Oklahoma City Thunder finally parted ways with Carmelo Anthony, but it sounds like veteran forward will receive a similar fate with his new team.

Earlier this week, it was announced the Atlanta Hawks were said to be discussing a deal that would send Melo to the Hawks and disgruntled point guard Dennis Schroder.

The Hawks reportedly will buyout Anthony's contract, which will make him an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers. The person spoke Thursday on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

But Muscala will be traded from OKC to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, giving the Thunder Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (5.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg in 2017-18) in return and sending Justin Anderson to Atlanta.

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Schroder is coming off the best season of his five-year career in which he averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists. The Thunder is projected to zoom past that number, though it's likely it will waive and stretch Kyle Singler's contract and replace him with someone on a minimum deal, which would save Oklahoma City another $14 million or so. Among those with over 100 opportunities, he had the highest field goal percentage (48.9 percent) in the National Basketball Association. Last season saw him average just 16.2 points while shooting at a 40 percent mark from the field. He can also play together with Westbrook at times when OKC is looking for more backcourt offense. In Game 6 of the first-round series against Utah that ended Oklahoma City's season, he played fewer minutes than reserve Jerami Grant.

But Anthony shot 36% from behind the three-point line and did so for the second consecutive season while setting career highs in three-point attempts in both seasons.

The stretch provision would have left $9 million-plus a year on the Thunder's books for the next three years, so Schroder's $15.5M per year deal is a bargain.

One of the last remaining dominoes of the summer has fallen. The Hawks also added Brooklyn's Jeremy Lin.