Hawks discussing trade with Thunder centered around Carmelo Anthony, Dennis Schroder
The Atlanta Hawks are trying to rid themselves of Dennis Schroder, looking to a potential swap with the Oklahoma City Thunder for Carmelo Anthony, according to Mitch Lawrence of Sirius XM Radio. The deal would include center Mike Muscala and another asset, allowing to match Melo’s $27.9 million contract.
The Hawks would buy Anthony out following the trade — a cost they’re willing to pay in hopes to exile the German point guard from their franchise.
Having drafted point guard Trae Young as the clear-cut floor general of the future, the Hawks added a true veteran in journeyman Jeremy Lin in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, making Schroder the excess piece they’ve been looking to ship out.
Schroder will be owed $15.5 million for each of the next three seasons before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
While Schroder would be a luxury backup for Russell Westbrook at point guard, it’s likely an unnecessary asset for a team that is nearing the $300 million payout in total contracts amassed.
It’s unclear as to what the Thunder’s plans are other than facilitating Anthony’s impending exit. Schroder is facing legal troubles after a battery charge stemming from last season, including a reputation as a rebel that won’t bode well with many franchises.
His product on the court has been rather mediocre, despite his scoring talent, still unable to become a legitimate 3-point shooter, paired with some questionable decision-making that has hinder his progress as the Hawks’ floor general.