The Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks are discussing the possibility of trading point guard Dennis Schroder for Carmelo Anthony, sources told SiriusXM NBA's Mitch Lawrence.
Atlanta would reportedly buy out Anthony and would also include reserve center Mike Muscala in a potential trade to the Thunder. The Hawks are also looking for another asset in return, although it's unclear if they're looking for a roster player or draft picks.
Schroder is now expendable after the Hawks acquired the rights to point guard Trae Young on draft night. Atlanta also dealt for Jeremy Lin in July, adding insurance in the backcourt should Young fail to quickly adjust to the NBA.
Schroder averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists per game last season, and would give the Thunder a deadly option at point guard off the bench behind Russell Westbrook. However, Schroder may not be receptive to taking a step back to a reserve role with the club.
Oklahoma City would benefit greatly from shedding Anthony's hefty $27.9 million salary this season, and Atlanta is one of the few teams that has the salary cap room to absorb the blow, at least initially until a buyout can be negotiated.
Anthony is heavily favored to sign with the Houston Rockets once he's bought out by a team that acquires him via trade.
The 34-year-old finished with career lows of 16.2 points, 1.3 assists and 32.1 minutes per game while shooting just 40.4 percent from the field last season. He was relegated to a bench role at one point of the season, which didn't sit well with the veteran.
"Yeah, I’m not sacrificing no bench role, so you can — that’s out of the question," Anthony said during his exit interview in April."I think everybody knows that I’ve sacrificed kind of damned near everything, family, moving here by myself, sacrificed my game for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order for this situation to work out. So it’s something I really have to think about, if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball."
Things went from bad to worse for Anthony in the postseason, when he averaged just 11.8 points on 37.5 percent shooting from the field. His lack of production was certainly a factor in Oklahoma City's disappointing first-round exit in the playoffs.
Still, the Syracuse product is a 10-time All-Star and six-time All-NBA selection who led the league in scoring in 2012-13 at 28.7 points per night with the New York Knicks.
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