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The Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder are in the midst of discussions of a deal that would swap point guard Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder for Carmelo Anthony, according to a report.
Mitch Lawrence of SiriusXM NBA reports the deal would also include Atlanta sending backup center Mike Muscala to Oklahoma City. Lawrence adds the Hawks are also after another asset in the deal, though jettisoning Schroder is the focal point.
Oklahoma City and Atlanta in trade talks, with Thunder targeting Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala, per sources. Carmelo Anthony would go to Atlanta, with Hawks doing buyout. Atl looking to add asset to make Melo’s buyout a wash. Getting rid of Schroder is No. 1 priority.
— Mitch Lawrence (@Mitch_Lawrence) July 18, 2018
The Hawks would then reportedly buy out Anthony, who would then be free to sign with the team of his choice, reportedly the Houston Rockets.
Schroder, a 6-foot-1, 172-pound five-year NBA veteran, averaged a career-high 19.4 points along with 6.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 67 games (all starts) for the Hawks last season.
The 24-year-old, whom the Hawks selected with the 17th overall selection in the 2013 draft, shot 43.6 percent from the field last season and 29.0 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.