Report: Bulls waiving Carmelo Anthony, trading for Thunder’s Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

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The Lakers are talking to the Pelicans about an Anthony Davis trade. If it goes through, it could open a roster spot – maybe for Carmelo Anthony, who’ll soon become a free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Any team could claim Anthony and his minimum salary on waivers, but I doubt anyone will. Trying to force Anthony into a situation he doesn’t choose is almost certain to backfire. Heck, getting him into what he deems a desirable situation probably won’t work.

But this puts Anthony one step closer to joining LeBron James in Los Angeles. Or signing somewhere. Anthony might wait until the dust settles after Thursday’s trade deadline.

This trade temporarily lowers Oklahoma City’s impending luxury-tax bill by $7,338,517. But the Thunder won’t save nearly that much. They’ll surely send the Bulls enough cash to cover Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot’s $602,269 remaining salary plus extra money to make it worth Chicago’s while. Oklahoma City must also add another player within two weeks, and that player’s salary will count against the repeater tax.

Someone who might be worth it: Wesley Matthews. Matthews just got sent to New York in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. The veteran on an expensive expiring contract has little use to the rebuilding Knicks, and if they don’t trade him, they could buy him out. He’d be a nice upgrade on the wing for the Thunder.

For the Bulls, this is probably primarily about the money. But they could also see Luwawu-Cabarrot, a 23-year-old former No. 24 pick, as a worthwhile flier for the rest of the season.