Thunder cuts ties with Carmelo Anthony, who's likely bound for the Rockets

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While Anthony expressed frustration with his role after the season, the Thunder had anticipated that he would opt in to the final year of his deal, always viewing the trade with the Knicks as a two-year deal.

Oklahoma City has agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick to Atlanta for point guard Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala, league sources tell ESPN.

This story will be updated.

The team moved down from No. 3 to No. 5 while drafting Young, passing on Luka Doncic and Jaren Jackson Jr.in the process, so there's little doubt they're high on the former Oklahoma star as the future of their backcourt.

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The Thunder could've waived Anthony or used the stretch provision on his contract instead of a trade, but made a decision to move him for a pair of players who could be useful on next season's team.

Having to take Melo's massive contract back is perfectly fine as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Atlanta is going to buy him out and he'll sign with his top suitor (most likely Houston, with Miami a dark horse candidate).

Oklahoma City also acquires Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, a 23-year-old native of France who was selected No. 24 in the 2016 draft. So, in essence, Oklahoma City is paying $5 million in each of the next three seasons for a 24-year-old point guard who has started 161 games in five National Basketball Association seasons. Anderson was selected 21st overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and has the size to be a solid wing defender in Atlanta this upcoming season. He scored in double figures 16 times last season, including a 16-point (3-for-5 3-point shooting) performance over the Bucks in late January. If Oklahoma City can't figure out a way to make it work, they may be looking to eventually deal the point guard. He became coveted by Philadelphia after free agent Nemanja Bjelica backed out of a verbal agreement with the 76ers this week.

It was a relatively complicated deal with the third team coming in, but each team accomplished something through the trade. In Game 6, Anthony played only 26 minutes, including just three in the fourth quarter.

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