ESPN The New York Knicks have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told ESPN. Oklahoma City will send Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round 2018 draft pick to the Knicks, sources said. Anthony has a no-trade clause which he needs to waive for a deal to go through. Sources tell ESPN that Anthony will sign a letter of authorization granting permission to be traded to Oklahoma City and that letter will be part of the trade call on Monday.
It was a trade that was a long time coming for the New York Knicks, as the team got happily divorced from their superstar, when they traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The trade allows the 33-year-old Anthony to chase a title on a good team in the Western Conference, paired with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and fellow star Paul George, and it will be interesting to see how those three scorers share the ball. In New York, Phil Jackson and his triangle are gone, and now Melo is gone. It’s now the Kristaps Porzingis show on broadway, they will be running and gunning in head coach Jeff Hornacek’s offense, and while the Knicks may or may not be good they will be fun to watch. No more triangle. No more Melo stopping ball movement. It’s going to be a young, fun team, with a unicorn as the first option on offense.
For those who are saying the Knicks did not getting enough in return, Melo had to go and he had a full no trade clause, the options were limited. They got back two useful offensive players, who play no defense, but could fit well in Hornacek’s offense. I’m just glad they didn’t take back Ryan Anderson and his ridiculous contract in a deal with Houston, this whole offseason, that’s what I feared most.
UPDATE: It has been revealed that the Knicks and Cavaliers held high level trade talks regarding Carmelo Anthony, but the Knicks would not make a trade if the Cavs did include Tristian Thompson, while the Cavs only offered bad contracts such as former Knick Iman Shumpert. The Knicks thought they got better value from OKC so they made that deal instead.