The New York Knicks Trade Carmelo Anthony To The Oklahoma City Thunder
The blockbuster trade means that Melo will join Russell Westbrook out West, while Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick head East.
Word on the curb was that Carmelo Anthony would not be a New York Knick come the start of the week. Guess they were right, as the 10-time All-Star forward has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for two players and a second-round pick. Melo will waive his no-trade clause and his $8.1 million trade kicker, while the Thunder will send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick (via the Chicago Bulls) to New York.
The deal will be finalized Monday with the league office. Meanwhile, Anthony is already planning to arrive that afternoon in Oklahoma City to take a physical and be available for practice at the opening of the Thunder’s training camp. News leading up to this trade found that Anthony would only waive his no-trade clause for the Thunder, the Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is a blockbuster trade as Anthony joins the league’s reigning MVP, Russell Westbrook, and All-Star forward Paul George on a formidable Western Conference contender.
The Thunder is making a huge commitment to Anthony since both George and Westbrook are set to be free agents in 2018. The team also incurred a $27.8 million luxury tax for the 2017-18 season, making their payroll jump up to $134 million this season. Anthony has two years, $54 million left on his contract, including a player option for $27.9 million in 2018-19. Kanter, 25, averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds for Oklahoma City last season, despite only playing 21.3 minutes per game. McDermott, 25, was the 11th overall draft pick in 2014. He averaged 6.6 points and 19.5 minutes in 22 games for the Thunder.