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The old adage is that you can not get blood from a turnip.
Whoever wrote that idiom had not met Sam Presti.
The Oklahoma City Thunder Frontoffice developed a reported deal that will send Carmelo Anthony and a 2022-protected first-round selection to Atlanta as part of a three-team deal, according to ESPN.com Adrian Wojnarowski . Melo is expected to be released. The Hawks will also receive the swingman Justin Anderson of Philadelphia, while the 76ers will receive the Big Man Mike Muscala from Atlanta.
In return, Oklahoma City receives three plays: Point Guard Dennis Schroeder, Swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, and a $ 10.9 million trade exception, per Washington Post 's Tim Bontemps .
The popular opinion among people at the NBA Summer League was that Melo's OKC tenure would end with a buy-out. With the ability to stretch that amount over three seasons, the thunder could have saved $ 100 million in luxury taxes next season. Anthony also had a no-trade clause that he could have used as a roadblock, but he relaxed to speed his departure.
If only saving money had improved the thunder, they might have gone in that direction. But Anthony was an advantage. He was still part of bringing the team forward. Once a player renounces, he represents dead money that can not be traded. Instead, Presti left the salvage yard with a brand new engine.
OKC saved money in the trade, even though it was not a payroll. Schroder still has three years and $ 46.5 million left for his deal. The potential tax burden will be reduced from nearly $ 150 million to $ 88.8 million. Total team costs drop from an estimated $ 308 million to $ 238 million. Things are still flowing. For example, the thunder can cut costs even further by releasing Kyle Singler and stretching forward. Although like Anthony, he is still part of it, if necessary, to make up for a future trade.
Apart from the finances, the exchange is another step towards the identity that OKC wants to forge on the court. Step 1 re-signed Westbrook last summer. Step 2 brought on board Paul George (who had never met with his Lakers in his hometown). It continues with trading with Anthony and bringing in the right pieces.
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The thunder has preached in this off season. OKC has been a top 10 team per game since 2011/12. It fell to 15 th last year, and while Anthony's style helped, he is not alone. Backup Point Guard Raymond Felton played at a speed of 95.7 possession per game in 2017-18, well below the 101.2 Russell Westbrook.
Although OKC re-signed Felton, he may have to slip another seat on the bench. Schröder will take over the role of the bank scorer James Harden, Reggie Jackson and Dion Waiters had previously occupied. The offense should not falter if the former MVP takes a breather. Schroder was behind the Westbrook team last season after he gained synergy points: [SynergyBasketball @ SynergySST
Dennis Schroder finished 6th in the NBA, he created, assisted, or 17.2 points per game from the Pick & Roll season, just behind Russell Westbrook, who finished 5th with 19.9 per game.
There are good reasons why the Hawks were ready to part with their launch pad. On the field he is a 32 percent three-point shooter and at 6 "1", 172 pounds, a little undersized .. He occasionally collided [former] trainer Mike Budenholzer and was the former Oklahoma Sooners in the way (19659004 ) Schröder was also charged with an offense stemming from a September fight in a Hookah Bar in Atlanta.In March, District DeKalb district attorney recommended indictment for crimes The case remains open It is a situation that thunder undoubtedly took into account, when he traded.
With the addition of Schröder and Nerlens Noel this summer, Oklahoma City is giving its culture a major stress test.
Yet Schroder is a fierce competitor. He will be found abounding in Oklahoma City: Hawks author Kevin Chouinard has noted so much on Twitter:
Moving from beginner to sixth man could be a problem for Schroder, but thunder is ahead of this potential problem. Wojnarowski reported that Presti and head coach Billy Donovan were given permission to speak with Schröder before trading. And according to the editor of Bleacher Report, Ric Bucher, Westbrook is Schröder's favorite player:
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Sources: Muscala ($ 5M) is likely to run for a third team in the near future. OKC GM Sam Presti and coach Billy Donovan were given permission to speak with Schroder and they are excited about partnership. OKC wants more speed, another ball handler. https://t.co/VibPPXzlBW
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Dennis Schröder's Favorite Player / Idol / Prototype: Russ Westbrook. That should be interesting.
The 6 & 6; Luwawu Cabarrot is a 23-year-old project still on his rookie contract, in the typical Thunder style he is a lanky winger with a lot of defensive potential He was on the Sixers bench Philadelphia acquired the wings of Landry Shamet, Zhaire Smith and Shake Milton on the June draft, indicating a desire to deviate from the French perspective Employees of Thunder – one that historically hits more than they missed.
The $ 10.9 million trading exception is the largest in the league, according to data from Basketball Insiders It is valid for a year and could used to facilitate trades.
OKC also has its 5.3 million taxpayer mid-level exception. With the free-agent market almost dry, it's unlikely that the Donn he will find a player who is worth c east and the additional tax. However, it does serve as a tool to hunt someone who is bought during the season.
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To make all this happen, OKC has made a protected thing 2022 First-class to the Hawks. The selection is lottery safe, which gives the team a cushion. If the Thunder should then go down – a realistic possibility in the fourth year of Westbrook's designated player expansion – OKC would instead owe the Hawks a pair of future secondary selections.
Trade brings an end to the Melo experiment in Oklahoma city. It started with great hopes and ended with both sides wanting out of the relationship. But the thunder will move forward because they are not garbage – they recycle.
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