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Bulls waive Carmelo Anthony, and trade for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

Bulls waive Carmelo Anthony, and trade for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

The Bulls had acquired Anthony on January 22 from the Rockets in a trade that similarly provided Houston luxury tax relief. They filled his roster spot by acquiring Thunder G/F Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot.

The Bulls on Friday traded a protect second-round pick of the 2020 National Basketball Association draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and cash.

Three-time Olympic champion Carmelo Anthony was released Friday by the Chicago Bulls, setting the stage for him to become a free agent after leaving his fourth National Basketball Association club in seven months.

Anthony played for the Thunder in 2017-18 after seven seasons with the Knicks. It was a long time coming for the Bulls as Anthony has been on the sidelines since the first week of the National Basketball Association season. However, that could quickly change if the Lakers are able to trade for Anthony Davis at the February 7 deadline.

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He was still an All-Star two years ago, finishing the 2016-2017 National Basketball Association season with 22.4 points per game. In 10 games with the Rockets this season, Melo averaged a pedestrian 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in a career-low 29.4 minutes per night. Cash was included in the deal, as were the draft rights to Jon Diebler and Tadija Dragicevic.

Anthony, 34, spent almost seven full seasons with the Knicks before going to Houston.

He was entirely out of the rotation with the Thunder, appearing in 21 games, the last nine of which have come in mop-up duty.