Latest On The Carmelo Anthony Trade

Carmelo Anthony recently added the Thunder to the list of teams he would waive his no-trade clause to join, but Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti and New York GM Scott Perry had been discussing a deal for weeks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Talks intensified over the last 24 hours before the agreement was reached earlier today. Anthony had reportedly insisted for most of the summer that he would only go to Houston, but he expanded that list this week to include the Thunder and Cavaliers.

The deal will be formally completed Monday, and Oklahoma City expects to have Anthony on hand when training camp begins Tuesday.

More has emerged since the trade was announced:

  • Sources tell ESPN’s Ian Begley that Anthony believed yesterday there was a good chance he was headed to Cleveland (Twitter link). Anthony has a tight relationship with LeBron James, and the Cavaliers could use another scorer while Isaiah Thomas is sidelined with a hip injury.
  • The addition of Anthony could put the Thunder in the running to sign Dwyane Wade once he reaches a buyout with the Bulls, tweets Chris Mannix of the Vertical. Wade probably wouldn’t start in Oklahoma City and the team can’t offer much money, but he may be willing to accept a sixth man role to take another shot at a ring beside Anthony, Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
  • Presti should be lauded for rebuilding the Thunder without surrendering a first-round pick, tweets Michael Lee of The Vertical. OKC send Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indiana in exchange for George, then shipped Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-rounder to the Knicks to get Anthony. The Thunder already owe their 2018 first-round pick to Minnesota (lottery protected) and another first-rounder to Orlando two years later.
  • Oklahoma City had a secret weapon, Lee adds, in vice president and assistant GM Troy Weaver, who helped recruit Anthony when he was an assistant coach at Syracuse (Twitter link).
  • The trade establishes the Thunder as the greatest threat to the Warriors’ dominance in the West, writes Dieter Kurtenbach of The San Jose Mercury News. He sees Anthony stepping into a much better role as a complementary stretch four in Oklahoma City, rather than a primary scorer in New York. OKC added free agent Patrick Patterson this summer and re-signed defensive ace Andre Roberson and may now have the pieces to challenge Golden State in a seven-game series.
  • ESPN’s Kevin Pelton graded the deal, giving the Thunder an A and the Knicks a D. Kanter and McDermott were both defensive liabilities, Pelton states, and the new alignment gives Oklahoma City a small-ball lineup that matches up much better with the Warriors. The Knicks didn’t take on any long-term contracts, but they also didn’t fill any pressing needs unless McDermott develops into a reliable wing scorer. Pelton expects New York to explore the trade market for Kanter before the February deadline.
  • Oklahoma City used two key pieces from the Bulls to pull off today’s deal, and Chicago doesn’t have much in return, writes Scott Krinch of CSNChicago. McDermott and the 2018 second-rounder that was shipped to the Knicks both came to OKC in a February trade that sent Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow to the Bulls. Lauvergne and Morrow left as free agents over the offseason, and Payne will miss three to four months after foot surgery.
  • Kanter posted a message on Twitter, thanking the fans and management in Oklahoma City and saying, “Please beat the Warriors for me.”
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17 thoughts on “Latest On The Carmelo Anthony Trade

  1. Kanter is a very good human being and I hope he finishes his career with OKC. On the other hard OKC is a serious contender. Their small ball lineup could be leathal with Westbrook, Roberson, George, Melo, and Patterson, they could possibly switch on every position. Melo should primarily play the four in my opinion that way you can hide him a bit in defense but Billy Donovan has some options. I would stagger George’s minutes so that he can be the center point of the second units offense. This is much like what warriors do with Steph, KD, Dray, and Klay. They okay together during the fourth but make an impact outside. If they add Wade, I’m not sure I can call the warriors the best team in the west. They would be a very scary team with his scoring and playmaking.

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    • giants333ddd1

      No way they’re better than the warriors even with wade. Curry > westbrook (even if you don’t think one on one, then at least 5 on 5) klay > wade. durant > george. Draymond > melo. adams > pachulia. warriors bench > okc bench. spacing and unselfishness > best 3 players have always been ball dominant

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  2. Retired NFL Player

    If Melo wants to win, be bought out and then sign a cheap deal with a true contender. OKC isn’t getting past GS. The only options for a championship are GS or maybe CLE or BOS.

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    • I don’t agree, Golden state isn’t unbeatable. Russ, Melo, and PG have a better chance of beating the warriors than Kyrie, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford. I think you can make an argument for Boston because of superior coaching and depth but OKC has more superstar talent. A buyout seems a bit extreme, Melo wouldn’t waive his NTC if he didn’t believe he had a chance to win in OKC.

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      • Connorsoxfan

        If Boston can somehow coax Wade into going there, that would be interesting. Doubt it, but I honestly think that wherever Wade goes, that team is the biggest challenge to GS. Not based off pure skill of Wade, but he’s still pretty good, and he’d go where he thinks he has the best shot, and I trust his judgement more than any of ours.

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        • liamsfg

          Dont base these teams off of their core players or superstars. It takes a full roster contributing to win a championship, thats where the Warriors are far ahead and I would argue that the Celtics have the best bench out of the previously mentioned teams.

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        • I don’t see Wade to Boston as a possibility. If Wade were to bought out, he’ll look to go play with his friends, which would be Cleveland, Houston, or OKC. The only other possibility would be Milwaukee, where he went to college, and will be a top 4 team in the East. Wade’s best spot for playing time would be OKC, so that is where I’d expect him to end up.

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          • x%sure

            JRSmith start ahead of Wade? That would be surprising; and, OKC is not going to have many shots left after the big 3 take theirs. Cleveland still looks to be the frontrunner. Miami is pretty loaded at the 2.

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      • yoyo137

        Boston has superior coaching and a better second unit they are an all around better team than OKC

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  3. imindless
    imindless

    This team still has absolutely no chance lol. At best 4th or 5th. Gsw,Houston,timberwolves,Spurs (because they are the Spurs) okc. 3 cooks in the kitchen.

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  4. formerlyz

    Wade actually would be pretty cool there, but I’m not sure he’ll go that route

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  5. icedog7229

    2- 25 year olds and a very early 2nd round pick for a 33 year old that was gone after this season and a team that wasn’t going to win this year anyway….Knicks did well

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