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Carmelo Anthony Traded to the Thunder

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The New York Knicks have agreed in terms to a deal to send Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round draft pick via the Chicago Bulls. First reported by ESPN, Anthony will waive his no-trade clause to push the trade through.

Reports surfaced last night that the Anthony camp was trying to expedite a trade prior to the start of training camp next week and Anthony reportedly expanded his list of teams he wanted to play for to three. Previously, Anthony had only one team he stated the desire to play for - the Houston Rockets - but his wish for an accelerated trade led him to expand the list. Anthony was also reportedly considering the Portland Trail Blazers as a possible destination, but ultimately ended up with the Thunder.

The trade instantly puts the Thunder in championship-contender status as a starting lineup including Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George could potentially be deadly.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti has been busy this offseason, turning McDermott, Kanter, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, and a second-round pick into Anthony and George.

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Jeremy Losak
Editor in Chief

The question on everyone’s mind: Is this enough to compete with Golden State? In theory, each team is about even when it comes to star power (depending on how you view Anthony at this point in his career). Does the scoring prowess of this new Thunder team outmatch Curry/Durant/Thompson?

The more important question: how long will this last? Paul George will be a free agent after this season and Carmelo after two seasons. Plus Westbrook still hasn’t signed an extension, so it’s unclear if he’ll be returning after this season. This star party in OKC could be a short cameo.

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