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A person with knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press the Thunder are sending the veteran National Basketball Association forward and a 2022 protected first-round pick to Atlanta in exchange for Hawks guard Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala.

The 34-year-old is headed to the Atlanta Hawks, where ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski revealed he will be waived, and join a team of his choosing.

Shams Charania of Yahoo! There were only a handful of teams with the cap space to absorb Anthony's $27.9 million contract for next season in a deal, and Atlanta emerged as the prime suitor.

Though a waive and stretch would have created considerable savings, the $9 million Anthony would have been owed for the next three seasons would have been "dead money".

The 6-foot-1 Schroder averaged 19.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game last season for the Hawks, starting all 67 games he played. Secondly, Anthony himself is best buds with recently re-signed Rockets star Chris Paul.

As it turns out, there is a third team involved in the deal: the Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat have also reportedly met with Anthony.

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(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website). Last season saw him average just 16.2 points while shooting at a 40 percent mark from the field.

Carmelo Anthony, right, and Steven Adams trade blows with Jae Crowder during the 2017-18 season. In 121 National Basketball Association games, Luwawu-Cabarrot has averaged 6.1 points in 16.5 minutes per game. It has been no secret for months that, despite Schroder being a talented player, Atlanta has been trying to unload the 24-year-old German point guard.

The complete trade is actually a three-team trade between the Thunder, Hawks, and the Philadelphia 76ers, with Melo only being a part of that trade.

That being said, Melo was coming off a dismal season a year ago, averaging career-lows in points (16.2), field goal percentage (40%) and minutes per game (32.1).

"A Heat agreement with Anthony could assure a Heat return by Wade, a close friend who now is a free agent", he wrote.