On the afternoon of July 19, word broke that the Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers agreed on a trade that would shuffle five players. With many moving parts (including a pending buyout between the Hawks and a future Hall of Fame forward), the deal was not immediately announced but, after a hiatus, that waiting period came to an end.
The Hawks announced a trade to acquire Carmelo Anthony (from OKC), Justin Anderson (from Philly) and a lottery protected 2022 first round draft pick (from OKC), with the Thunder adding Dennis Schroder and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot. The Sixers acquire Mike Muscala as part of the transaction, with Atlanta set to part ways with Anthony in the (very) near future and before he ever appears in a Hawks uniform.
“On behalf of the Hawks organization, I’d like to thank Mike and Dennis for their contributions to our team over the last five years,” Travis Schlenk said within the team’s official release. “Both players worked extremely hard to develop and improve throughout their careers in Atlanta and each had a special connection with our fans. We wish them all the best moving forward.”
At the time of the breaking news, PTH’s Jeff Siegel broke down the move as a home run for Atlanta and the ability to remove Schröder’s contract from the books in favor of short term money is a victory, even before considering the 2022 draft pick. In addition, PTH’s Zach Hood evaluated what Hawks fans can expect from newly acquired forward Justin Anderson and the Locked on Hawks podcast broke down the deal from every angle.
Another shoe will eventually drop in the form of the buyout/waive of Anthony but the trade is official and the Hawks can move forward as such.