Twitter reacts to Carmelo Anthony's reported $27.9 million buyout

The Atlanta Hawks traded Dennis Schröder to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Carmelo Anthony (who will be waived) and a 2022 lottery-protected first round pick.

Twitter reacted to the news by applauding the 10-time All-Star's ability to continue to make his money. Anthony will immediately be waived, with the Houston Rockets looking like the frontrunner to sign him as a free agent.

Last year, Schroeder had 3.2 isolation-based plays per game.

"That deal would've left $9M-plus on books next three years, so Schroder $15.5M per year becomes bargain - and an asset that could stay or be traded again". Sports reports the Hawks will receive Anthony from the Thunder and Justin Anderson from the 76ers, the Thunder will receive Dennis Schroder from the Hawks and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the 76ers, and the 76ers will receive Mike Muscala from Hawks.

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Carmelo Anthony becomes a free agent after a dismal season working alongside All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George in Oklahoma. But after Paul missed the last two games of the Western Conference finals against the Warriors, Houston's offense bogged down at the worst possible times - most notably the second half of Game 7, when the Rockets missed a seemingly impossible 27 consecutive 3-point attempts.

Anderson is a four-year National Basketball Association veteran after two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and two with the 76ers.

As it turns out, there is a third team involved in the deal: the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hawks at one point considered Schroder their future cornerstone, but they switched directions and drafted Oklahoma's Trae Young in the first round of this year. The 24-year old German guard was coming off his best season last year, averaging 19.4 points, 6.2 assists and 1.1 steals on a forgettable Hawks squad that posted a 24-58 record. He averaged 16.2 points on 40.4-percent shooting.

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