With the rumor mill surrounding Kawhi Leonard's future destination coming to a screeching halt this morning following his trade to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, there is only one NBA offseason storyline that needs its conclusion—where will Carmelo Anthony be playing basketball next year? New reports suggest he could be on his way to Atlanta.
According to NBA columnist Mitch Lawrence, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks are in talks to send Melo to the Hawks in exchange for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala.
The unfortunate caveat of this scenario, at least for Melo, is that this still would leave him without a team. The Hawks' main interest in the deal is to part ways with the 24-year old Schroder. They would reportedly just be buying out the remainder of Anthony's contract, which would put the aging scorer right back on the market.
However, this could open up some opportunities for Anthony as well. With his contract out of the equation, a perennial contender might be more willing to bring him on (his buddy LeBron James could use another veteran presence in Los Angeles) as long as he would be accepting of his likely pay cut and bench player role at his new destination.
Previous reports have also suggested that the Houston Rockets have expressed interest in signing the 34-year old. Only time will tell what franchise will end up winning this summer's Melo sweepstakes.