Harden says Carmelo Anthony would be great acquisition for Rockets

It was only a matter of time until Carmelo Anthony was traded or bought out by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder have sent Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks, where his $27.9 million expiring contract for the 2018-19 season is expected to be waived, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The complete trade is actually a three-team trade between the Thunder, Hawks, and the Philadelphia 76ers, with Melo only being a part of that trade. The Thunder get Dennis Schroder and TLC, while the Hawks also get a 2022 first round pick from Houston and Justin Anderson from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Offloading Anthony is expected to ease the Thunder's eye-watering tax bill while allowing the former New York Knick to seek a new challenge after a hard season.

Carmelo Anthony
The 34-year-old had a year to forget in Oklahoma City

"That deal would've left $9M-plus on books next three years, so Schroder $15.5M per year becomes bargain - and an asset that could stay or be traded again".

It remains to be seen just how Anthony will fit into the system in Houston, but the two sides appear to be ready to make the pairing official in the coming days.

Making his first appearance back in Houston since being named league MVP, James Harden says Carmelo Anthony would "be a great acquisition" for the Rockets.

The 34-year-old is in the tail end of his career, but this may be his best opportunity at this point to win his NBA title with a team that was just one win away from reaching the NBA Finals. He averaged 16.2 points on 40.4-percent shooting.


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