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

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Carmelo Anthony will be waived after being traded to the Atlanta Hawks today

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder, Hawks and 76ers will complete a trade sending Anthony to Atlanta, however he will not play for them next season.

As for Schroder, it has been rumored for quite some time that his days in Atlanta were numbered, especially after the team traded for veteran point guard Jeremy Lin just days after selecting Trae Young in the NBA Draft.

In addition, the Hawks will also send Mike Muscala to the 76ers, who have agreed to trade Justin Anderson to the Hawks and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot to the Thunder. Anthony averaged 16.2 points, shot 40.4% from the field and connected on 35.7% of his threes. The Hawks will buy out and waive Anthony, allowing him to join another team, with the Rockets as the reported front-runner.

The Thunder could've waived Anthony or used the stretch provision on his contract instead of a trade, but made a decision to move him for a pair of players who could be useful on next season's team.

As a result, the Thunder will get rid of Anthony's massive US$28 million (NZ$41.5m) contract, saving more than US$100m (NZ$148m) in luxury tax.

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The 34-year-old had a year to forget in Oklahoma City

In acquiring Schroder, Oklahoma City becomes younger and more athletic; the team is said to be excited for the opportunity to add Schroder to a core that features Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Steven Adams ( per Wojnarowski ).

Last season: Played in 52 games, starting seven, for the Sixers, averaging 5.8 points and 1.4 rebounds. It was the first time in his career that he scored less than 20 points per game in a single season.

Muscala, who is not expected to remain with the Thunder, has also played all five seasons of his National Basketball Association career with Atlanta, and averaged 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds a game last season.

The 34-year-old Anthony had been the headliner his entire career - he's 19th in National Basketball Association history with 25,417 points - but he was more of a catch-and-shoot scorer last season instead of the isolation specialist he had always been.

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