There is a lot to unpack here, but it must be said that this is the sort of move we've been expecting Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk to make this entire offseason.
As it turns out, there is a third team involved in the deal: the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Oklahoma City Thunder finally parted ways with Carmelo Anthony, but it sounds like veteran forward will receive a similar fate with his new team. Last season the 24-year-old point guard averaged 19.4 points and 6.2 assists over 67 games.
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It was only a matter of time until Carmelo Anthony was traded or bought out by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A defensive liability, it's not yet known how much Anthony will help Houston in its attempt to unseat Golden State out west. Fifth overall pick Trae Young - whom the Hawks acquired, along with a future first-round pick, in a draft-day trade with Dallas - also is expected to see extensive minutes running the offense. The Hawks also added Brooklyn's Jeremy Lin.
Until the past few days, that may have been the extent of the impact of this trade. The Hawks requested waivers on guard Jaylen Morris, who appeared in six games with the team last season.
Anthony was traded just two seasons ago by the New York Knicks to the Thunder, who were then hoping that the 3-time Olympic gold medalist would be a good piece alongside All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
Anderson, a former standout at Virginia, was a bit player for the Sixers over the past 18 months, and he's unlikely to get a bigger role in Atlanta. He's likely to get a chance to replace Josh Huestis in Oklahoma City's rotation.