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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after dunking the ball in front ofUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the first half during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

OKLAHOMA CITY — There were only so many options for trading Carmelo Anthony, and the trade never was going to come easily.

But on Thursday, the Thunder found a way to move on from the 10-time All-Star while adding roster pieces and subtracting money.

And though its trade of Anthony — part of a three-team deal that will bring point guard Dennis Schroder and swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to Oklahoma City — comes with risk, there’s considerable potential reward for Oklahoma City.

In sending Anthony to Atlanta — along with a lottery-protected first-round pick in 2022 — the Thunder will cut considerably into a salary and tax bill that would have exceeded $300 million had he remained on the roster.

Read more on this story at The Oklahoman.