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Another Hurdle Has Been Cleared For Carmelo Anthony To Hit Free Agency

carmelo anthony at a thunder press conference

Carmelo Anthony free agency update: the Hawks have cleared a hurdle to acquire, and eventually waive, the superstar forward.

On Wednesday, the long-awaited Carmelo Anthony trade finally went through. The Oklahoma City Thunder dealt Anthony to Atlanta in a three-team deal that also involved the Philadelphia 76ers.

Once the Hawks waive the 10-time All-Star, as is expected, the Houston Rockets are the favorites to land 'Melo. The Heat and Lakers have also been mentioned as options.

He has apparently told people around him that he'll end up in Houston, where he will play alongside MVP James Harden, and personal friend and star point guard Chris Paul.

Today, the Hawks made a move that will allow this next round of Carmelo Anthony free agency to happen.

The team has officially waived Antonius Cleveland, a young wing that played in four games for the team, and 17 total, last season.

With Cleveland off the books, it clears the way for the Carmelo Anthony to be finalized.

From here, the Hawks will officially acquire 'Melo and Justin Anderson. Shortly thereafter, the team is expected to waive the former Nuggets and Knicks star.

After the 48-hour waiver process, he will be free to head to Houston, or wherever else.