New York has agreed to a deal to send Carmelo Anthony to OKC for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2017
Melo is entering his 14th year in the league after spending 7 years as a New York Knick. Anthony’s illustrious career has so far landed him 10 NBA All-Star selections, 2 All-NBA Second Team selections, and 4 All-NBA Third Team selections. As well, Melo was the NBA scoring champion in 2013, averaging 28.7 points per game.
In the past few years, Carmelo became increasingly disgruntled with the Knicks’ failure to attain help for him despite being a big market team, which in part is why he is waiving his no-trade clause in order to facilitate the move to Oklahoma City. Carmelo averaged 22.4 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game last year on the Knicks but was unable to lead the team to the playoffs. While Anthony is definitely past the peak of his career, he should be able to help a Thunder team led by stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George make a bid for the NBA championship.
The Knicks managed to get a great return for their team captain including offensive specialist center Enes Kanter. Kanter posted 6.7 rebounds per game and 14.3 points per game as the sixth man for the Thunder last year. Although Kanter will be a significant loss for Oklahoma City, they managed to keep starting center Steven Adams. As well, the Knicks will receive Doug McDermott, the 11th overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft. McDermott’s career up to this point has been a bit of a dud, but he may thrive in an expanded role in the Big Apple.
With the Carmelo Anthony trade bringing another star to Oklahoma City, it is clear that the Thunder have had an extremely successful offseason thus far and should be able to challenge the Warriors, Spurs, and Rockets for a spot in the NBA Finals this upcoming season.