After numerous reports on Friday that Carmelo Anthony has expanded his wish list of teams to be traded to, it seems as if the New York Knicks have agreed to grant him one of his wishes.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks agreed to send Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for an absolute bargain of a price!
Thunder receive: Carmelo Anthony
Knicks receive: Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a undisclosed draft pick
I don’t know how the Thunder keep acquiring solid players at discounted prices, but there’s no doubt that the Thunder have made waves this off-season and we are only under a month away from the NBA season. Anthony, since re-signing with the Knicks a few seasons ago, has been under the eyes of just about everyone. Then Knicks VP of Operations, Phil Jackson, was very public with his scrutiny of Carmelo Anthony and made people actually feel bad for Anthony. Melo obviously felt like he wasn’t wanted anymore by the club and made it known that he wanted out of New York ASAP.
Many people thought it was inevitable that Melo ends up on the Houston Rockets because of their non-stop recruit of him and the fact that they engaged in many talks to acquire him already. They wanted to add him to the pairing of Chris Paul and James Harden and they thought that they could contend with the Golden State Warriors, which is currently the only thing that matters in the NBA. All signs pointed to Houston, but with this move everything just got a little more interesting.
Thunder GM, Sam Presti, is one of the best in the game at acquiring talent, whether through the draft or by trade. He’s responsible for drafting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, James Harden, Steven Adams and over the years has made quality trades like grabbing up a young center in Enes Kanter from the Utah Jazz in the wake of a peaking Rudy Gobert. Getting Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in the Ibaka trade which they ultimately flipped after the season for Paul George. Then they flip Doug McDermott (Who they got along with Taj Gibson in a trade with the Chicago Bulls) and Enes Kanter for Carmelo Anthony? The guy knows when to pounce at the right time. The Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks could have gotten better returns than what they got for their franchise players but instead settled and Presti took advantage.
Does this make the Oklahoma City Thunder a threat out West?
That is up for discussion, but in my honest opinion the Thunder’s season could go one of two ways. They can be a force to be reckoned with or this season can be a complete disaster. Every team Melo plays for gets worse. He doesn’t make people around him better and is a notorious ball hog, albeit his offensive game is one of the best we’ve ever seen, he takes a lot of shots and is an unwilling passer and defender. How are they going to convince Carmelo to become an all-out team player when he hasn’t been able to be one practically his entire career. His is an amazing offensive talent even at the age of 33, but when Russell Westbrook and Paul George are your teammates…. two other superstars, how will he adjust because he needs to adjust in order to make this work. On paper, this team is absolutely talented and scary looking, but in reality how does this work out? Only time will tell, but Carmelo’s track record shows that teams go on the decline when he’s on them. But in fairness, the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics etc., have made it work in the past.
We’ll see relatively soon how this move in particular will work out.