Hawks get Anthony; will waive him

A new member of the Oklahoma City Thunder is about to get starstruck once the team gathers for its first practice.

The Hawks will then buy out Anthony's contract and release him, making him a free agent provided he clears waivers, a likely move since few teams could afford to absorb the financial burden of his 2018-19 salary.

The Houston Rockets are the front-runners to sign Anthony, a close friend of point guard Chris Paul.

"The Heat are limited in a bid for Anthony of the $2.3 million veteran minimum for a player of his tenure or the $5.3 million mid-level exception, a figure the Heat may have to retain for a potential return by guard Dwyane Wade".

Schroder comes to the Thunder for a desired need: another fast, playmaking point guard for a revved-up bench behind All-Star guard Russell Westbrook. Philly needed a stretch four who could shoot, and Muscala is a career 38 percent three-point shooter. Luwawu-Cabarrot joins the Thunder after two seasons in Phiadelphia.

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As it turns out, there is a third team involved in the deal: the Philadelphia 76ers.

Acquiring Schroder, who was obsolete in Atlanta once the Hawks chose to acquire the rights to rookie point guard Trae Young on Draft night, gives OKC a young veteran who can create offense for himself and others when Westbrook needs a blow.

Enter Muscala, a serviceable big who opted into the final year of his contract and who can give Philadelphia a facsimile of what Ersan Ilyasova did after joining them for the stretch run last season before leaving to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Muscala, who turned 27 earlier this month, averaged career highs in points (7.6), rebounds (4.3) and minutes (20.0) last season in 53 appearances (seven starts). "Melo" averaged just 11.8 points per game on 38% shooting. He was selected by the Mavericks with the No. 21 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.

Schroder has played five seasons in the National Basketball Association, all with the Hawks, and averaged a career high 19.4 points a game last season.

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