The Oklahoma City Thunder sent Carmelo Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday as part of a reported three-team deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, but the veteran small forward may soon be waived and join the team of his choice.

Carmelo Anthony Traded To Hawks, Could Join Rockets

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, 34-year-old Anthony will be bought out for his full $27.9 million, but will then enter the free agency market and could join any team he wishes. Wojnarowski reported the Houston Rockets are the top squad Anthony is interested in playing for next.

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NBA fans quickly jumped on Twitter to comment on the trade for Anthony, who lasted just one season with the Thunder after playing six years with the New York Knicks. Oklahoma City were eliminated by the Utah Jazz in the first round of this year’s playoffs. and Anthony was reportedly very unhappy all throughout this period.

As part of Thursday’s trade, the Hawks also received Justin Anderson and a 2022 Thunder first-round draft pick. Oklahoma City got Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot and Dennis Schroder, while Mike Muscala ended up with the Sixers.

Fans seemed to either poke fun at Anthony for his brief time with the Thunder and Hawks, or note how the forward being traded, waived and sent to another team seemed far too complex or simply not a very financially savvy move. Others questioned whether the Rockets would be the best fit for Anthony.

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