Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Thunder plan to keep and use Dennis Schroder

Thunder plan to keep and use Dennis Schroder

As far as Melo, the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets are said to be high on his list of teams to sign to.

For taking on Anthony's salary, the Hawks got a first-round pick - albeit one that is lottery-protected in 2022 and will convert into a pair of second-round picks if it isn't traded. In addition, forward Mike Muscala was re-routed from Atlanta to Philadelphia through Oklahoma City, which will receive former first-rounder Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from Philly.

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 ).

Sam Presti and Billy Donovan were given permission to talk with Schrroder and they're enthusiastic about a partnership.

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The Thunder will save almost $100 million in salary and luxury tax with the move. The Thunder aren't winning a title this year anyway with the Golden State Warriors and Rockets lording over the West, but they remain a viable threat to reach the conference semifinals. The Thunder will now see their projected luxury tax bill drop from $150M to $88.8M, a savings of $62M.

Luwawu-Cabbarot is two years removed from being selected with the No. 24 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Oklahoma City's Nick Collison (4) defends on Atlanta's Dennis Schroder (17) during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. The German guard averaged 19.4 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 67 games with the Hawks last season. He accepted a new role with OKC that featured changing positions from small forward to power forward. His playing time dwindled in the playoffs.

Assuming the charges are resolved before the start of the season - a good assumption, or the Thunder would have never signed off on the deal - OKC will upgrade its roster with a player who will provide incredible versatility as either a top-notch reserve, a player who could start alongside Westbrook or, at the worst, could be moved down the road. He also chipped in 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.

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