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A Major Step Has Been Taken In The Carmelo Anthony Trade

carmelo anthony at a thunder press conference

At long last, the Carmelo Anthony trade is finally official. It feels like a month since we found out that 'Melo would be making a stop over with the Atlanta Hawks before hitting free agency again, but it finally became official today.

The Carmelo Anthony trade to Atlanta also ropes in the Philadelphia 76ers, who are sending one player each to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Hawks, and receiving stretch-four Mike Muscala.

A few things had to happen along the way to give each team the correct amount of space to clear the way for the deal. Today, the teams were able to make it official.

After the Carmelo Anthony trade was officially made, Thunder GM Sam Presti had some nice things to say about the 10-time All-Star.

'Melo's year in OKC was far from perfect. He had perhaps his worst NBA season, and did not really fit well into the team on the court. Off the court, Presti says that he was a professional, and "an important part" of the team's history.

In all likelihood, Presti and the Thunder will see Carmelo in the Western Conference next season. After the Hawks let him go, and he clears waivers, he is widely expected to sign with the Houston Rockets.

Carmelo will sign for the veteran minimum with Houston. However, he is expected to receive his full $27.9 million salary for the 2018-19 season.

Houston was one game from making the NBA Finals last season. While the Golden State Warriors certainly haven't gotten any weaker, 'Melo joins one of the two or three best teams in all of the NBA, and keeps his monster deal. That's not too bad.

Last season, he averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Thunder, shooting just over 40-percent from the field and 35-percent from three point range. His numbers dipped in OKC's six playoff games.