Carmelo has finally been traded from OKC
The Thunder have long been searching for a trade destination for the aging small forward from Syracuse University, while the Hawks have been looking to trade Dennis Schroder. Well it looks like the two have decided to fulfill their destinies and join each other on match.com (if you’re reading this article you may want to check that site out yourself). According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, in a 3-way trade the Thunder are sending Anthony to Atlanta for Dennis Shroder and a 2022 protected first rounder. The Thunder will also receive Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot from the 76ers in the deal and the Hawks will receive Justin Anderson.
What does this mean for both sides?
For the Thunder, the team is getting themselves of an extreme financial hole, reportedly saving a near $100 million dollars in salary and luxury tax. While they are taking in Dennis Schroder’s 3 year, $46.5 million deal, they are saving themselves quite a bit of money with this deal. For Atlanta, instead of being tied down by the long term money they were paying Schroder, they will merely be caught spending the one year left on Anthony’s deal of $28 million. This will give Atlanta a lot of flexibility with what they will want to do in the future, and the first round pick included in the deal is the real kicker in this deal. Atlanta will begin their long rebuild.
Atlanta continues to plan for the future
Beginning this year with the selection of Trae Young in the draft, the Hawks are starting to trust their own process. Atlanta will have 4 first round picks in the years of 2019 and 2020, which is exactly what the franchise needs. Assets are key to building a solid core, and Atlanta is building themselves a nice bevy of them.
Here’s a look at the Hawks’ roster going into the 2018-19 season:
PG: Jeremy Lin, Trae Young, Jaylen Adams
SG: Kent Bazemore, Tyler Dorsey, Antonius Cleveland
SF: Taurean Prince, DeAndre Bembry, Justin Anderson, Kevin Huerter
PF: John Collins, Omari Spellman
C: Miles Plumlee, Dewayne Dedmon
The Hawks are clearly trying to establish a young core in their organization, and so far they have done just that. As of now, John Collins and Taurean Prince are the two players that stand out as the pieces they would like to build around, as both players have shown flashes of great two-way play. The Hawks have nowhere to go but up.
The Thunder add scoring and speed to their offense
For the Thunder, Schroder will bring another ball-handler not named Russell Westbrook into the mix. Behind Westbrook, OKC had no one save Raymond Felton on the roster. In Dennis Schroder the Thunder now have a starting caliber point guard coming off the bench to pick up where Westbrook will leave off. I really like what Oklahoma City is doing with their roster, and they may be one more piece away from being right up there with Golden State and Houston in the west (notice how I did not put the Lakers in that list).
Here is a look at how the roster shakes up going into the season:
PG: Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schroder, Raymond Felton
SG: Andre Roberson, Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot, Alex Abrines
SF: Paul George, Terrance Ferguson, Kyle Singler
PF: Patrick Patterson, Jerami Grant
C: Steven Adams, Nerlens Noel, Dakari Johnson
The Thunder will have an excellent bench rotation in this upcoming season. The starting five produces numbers on both ends of the floor, and there will be no shortage of production in the second team either. The Western Conference is an extremely talented and competitive pool, however, the Thunder may still bode well putting out these lineups.
Trade is beneficial for both sides
Overall, this trade will be beneficial for both teams, both in the short-term and long-term. While these teams are on different ends talent-wise, each team will improve as a result of this deal. Carmelo Anthony will be able to reach a buyout and sign with a team of his choosing, while Dennis Schroder will be able to compete and play for a playoff team. It has been a while since the Hawks have been a strong team, however, they could very well be on the rise in the near future. And the Thunder…well, good luck to them as they try to make a run at the Warriors’ money.