Carmelo Anthony spent less than a week with the Atlanta Hawks, and the organization had a little bit of fun poking him for spending such little time there.
This was much to the joy of LeBron James, who got in on the joke.
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Helleva run in the A my brother @carmeloanthony! 🤷🏾♂️💪🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 9, 2018
On July 25, the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to a three-team trade with Atlanta and the Philadelphia 76ers. This transaction saw Anthony go to the Hawks, while the Thunder landed Dennis Schröder and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot. The move was done so that Oklahoma City could avoid serious luxury tax bills from the league.
But five days after the trade, Atlanta and Anthony formally agreed to a buyout, making him a free agent and abruptly ending his "tenure" with the franchise. Anthony has since announced his intention to join the Houston Rockets, who led the NBA with 65 wins and fell just one victory shy of reaching the NBA Finals.
The Hawks were looking to get out of Schröder's contract, and the Thunder had no problem taking it on. He's owed $15.5 million a season through 2020-21, per Spotrac.com. For Oklahoma City, that was a fine trade-off after Anthony announced he'd opt into his $27.9 million salary for t he 2018-19 season.
The Thunder needed to move out salary after signing All-Star Paul George to the maximum four-year extension worth $137 million. The Hawks were willing to comply, and that led to a hilarious and harmless troll job of Melo.
Anthony is now 34 years of age and coming off the worst statistical season of his career. Thus, it didn't make sense for a rebuilding Hawks team to keep him around for next season. They got a bad contract off their hands and quickly bought out Melo, who now gets to chase a championship with the Houston Rockets.
It was a win-win scenario for all parties involved, to say the very least.