Carmelo Anthony trade now official

NBA.com Global on Jul 26, 2018 07:44 AM
Carmelo Anthony trade now official
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Oklahoma City Thunder press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired guard Dennis Schröder from the Atlanta Hawks and forward Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick in a three-team trade, it was announced today by Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

“We want to welcome Dennis and Timothé to Oklahoma City and the Thunder,” said Presti. “Both of these players represent the continued transition of our style of play. Dennis provides us with another proven playmaker and someone that will only enhance the overall speed of our team. Timothé adds another young, long, versatile wing that can play multiple positions and complement our returning core. We are excited about the added depth and stylistic fit that both players provide as we enter our 11th season of Thunder Basketball.”  

Schröder (6-1, 172) has appeared in 352 career games (161 starts) and averaged 12.9 points, 4.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per contest with Atlanta. Last season, the Braunschweig, Germany native appeared in 67 games (all starts), averaging a career-high 19.4 points, 6.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds and a career-best 1.07 steals in 31.0 minutes per game, making him just the fourth player in Hawks history to average at least 19 points and six assists over the course of a season.

Originally selected 17th overall by Atlanta in the 2013 NBA Draft, Schröder has increased his scoring average in each of his five NBA seasons since entering the league.

Luwawu-Cabarrot (6-6, 205) joins the Thunder after spending the 2017-18 season with Philadelphia where he appeared in 52 games (seven starts) and averaged 5.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 15.5 minutes per game.

Selected 24th overall in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft by the 76ers, the French native has appeared in 121 career games (26 starts) and holds career averages of 6.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.5 minutes per game.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Carmelo Anthony and acknowledge his professionalism and contributions during his time with the Thunder,” said Presti. “Although his tenure was only one year, the fact that Melo is a part of our history is important to us.  We appreciate Carmelo and his agent Leon Rose for their collaboration and communication as we worked to resolve the situation in a fashion that was suitable to everyone. We wish Melo and his family nothing but the best in the future.”

In one season with Oklahoma City, Anthony averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 32.1 minutes per game. A 10-time All-Star, he scored his 25,000th career point on Jan. 27 at the Detroit Pistons, making him the 21st player in NBA history to achieve the feat. Anthony is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and the United States Olympic Men’s National Team’s all-time leading scorer.

Atlanta Hawks press release

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has acquired Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round draft pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Justin Anderson from the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-team transaction, with Mike Muscala going to Philadelphia and Dennis Schröder going to Oklahoma City. As part of the trade, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot goes from Philadelphia to Oklahoma City.

“On behalf of the Hawks organization, I’d like to thank Mike and Dennis for their contributions to our team over the last five years,” said Hawks General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. “Both players worked extremely hard to develop and improve throughout their careers in Atlanta and each had a special connection with our fans. We wish them all the best moving forward.”

In 1,054 career games (all starts) with Denver, New York and Oklahoma City, Anthony has averaged 24.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 35.9 minutes (.449 FG%, .347 3FG%, .812 FT%). He was drafted third overall by the Nuggets in 2003.

Anderson, in 168 career games (19 starts) with Dallas and Philadelphia, is averaging 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.3 minutes (.422 FG%, .300 3FG%, .784 FT%). In 38 games last season with the 76ers, he put up 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 13.7 minutes (.431 FG%, .330 3FG%, .737 FT%). He was originally drafted by the Mavericks in the first round (21st overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft.

Muscala has appeared in 243 career contests (18 starts), averaging 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 14.7 minutes (.491 FG%, .378 3FG%, .848 FT%). The 44th overall pick by Dallas in the 2013 NBA Draft, he was acquired by the Hawks on June 27, 2013, along with Jared Cunningham and the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira from the Mavericks, in exchange for the draft rights to Shane Larkin.

Schröder has played in 352 career games (161 starts), compiling 12.9 points, 4.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 23.7 minutes (.434 FG%, .320 3FG%, .827 FT%). He was selected by the Hawks with the 17th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft.

76ers press release

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown announced today that the team has acquired forward-center Mike Muscala from the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade, which also involved Oklahoma City.

Philadelphia sends guard-forward Justin Anderson to Atlanta and guard-forward Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot to Oklahoma City. Atlanta also receives forward Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick from Oklahoma City, while the Thunder acquires guard Dennis Schröder from the Hawks.

“Mike Muscala joins our program at a fantastic stage of his career. He has enjoyed some NBA success and his upside in the future is extremely bright,” Brown said. “We will use him both as a backup five and, at times, a power forward. His ability to shoot the ball and the energy with which he plays will help our basketball team.”

Muscala appeared in 53 games (seven starts) with Atlanta in 2017-18 and averaged 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game, while shooting .919 from the free-throw line and .371 from three-point range on a career-high 3.2 attempts per contest. The 27-year-old had six games with at least three three-pointers, as he connected on a career-best 62 threes throughout the season. He was one of 14 NBA players 6-foot-11 or taller to make at least 60 three-pointers a season ago.

Entering his sixth NBA season, Muscala has played in 243 career games (18 starts), all with Atlanta. The Bucknell alumnus was originally selected by Dallas with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before being acquired by the Hawks in a draft night trade. Muscala holds career averages of 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest, while shooting .378 from three-point range and .848 from the free-throw line.

“We thank both Timmy Luwawu and Justin Anderson for their contributions in growing the 76ers strong culture,” Brown said. “They are fantastic people, extremely dedicated NBA players and will be missed. I believe their new situations will afford them the opportunity to find themselves and give them every chance to stay and grow in the NBA.”

Luwawu-Cabarrot was selected by Philadelphia with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. In two seasons with the 76ers, he appeared in 121 games (26 starts), averaging 6.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.5 minutes per game. The French native posted at least 20 points on three occasions in his two seasons, including a career-high 24 points on April 10, 2017, against Indiana.

Anderson was acquired by the 76ers on Feb. 23, 2017, in a trade with Dallas. Originally selected by the Mavericks with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Anderson has appeared in 168 career games (19 starts) over the course of three seasons. He holds averages of 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game. In 62 games with Philadelphia, Anderson increased his averages across the board.

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