Oklahoma City Acquire Carmelo Anthony, Set to Compete in the West
At long last, the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony are finally moving on!
The ugly divorce is complete. Melo is no longer a Knick.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the New York Knicks have shipped Melo to Oklahoma City for Enes Kanter, sharp-shooter Doug McDermott, and a second draft pick. Anthony, who still has two years left on his current contract is coming off yet another productive season, one in which he averaged 22.4-points and 5.9-rebounds per game. While injuries have hampered and slowed the former Syracuse star down and the decline is very visible, Anthony remains one of the games’ most potent scorers. Anthony is now due $54-million over his next two years, but the second year is a player option worth $28-million.
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
Meanwhile, the trade is yet another head-scratcher for the Knicks who have failed to get any sort of future value for their now-former franchise centrepiece. While McDermott is a cheap, expiring contract who could have some sort of value at the trade deadline if he is to have a solid season, Kanter is still on the hook for just over $36-million over the next two seasons.
This marks the second blockbuster trade struck by Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason. Earlier in the summer, Presti acquired Paul George and has now added Carmelo Anthony in an effort to appease superstar Russell Westbrook and construct a team ready to compete again in the West.
Still hopeful of Westbrook re-signing with the franchise, the Thunder front office is clearly doing everything in it’s power to keep the league MVP put in Oklahoma City. Westbrook can sign a massive $207-million extension with the Thunder this offseason, or wait until next offseason to sign a similar deal which would include player options.
“We are going to let it play itself out,” said Sam Presti.
Westbrook has until October 16 to sign the contract placed on the table by the organization.
With their eyes set on competing, the one issue which may arise as the season goes on is finding roles for all three of their stars. First options on offence for the entirety of each of their careers, the key for the Thunder may be forcing Westbrook into a more pass-friendly role.
No matter, having three offensive weapons of the calibre of Anthony, George, and Westbrook should most definitely make the Thunder a major threat in the NBA this season.