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New York Knicks send Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City for Kanter, McDermott

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And just like that, an already wild NBA offseason gets even crazier. After weeks of insisting that his tenure in New York was over, Melo finally got his wish. In a deal first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Knicks sent Anthony to the Thunder, where he will join up with fellow All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

How it Went Down for Melo and the Knicks

Yesterday, Carmelo told the Knicks that he’d expanded the list of teams which he would accept a trade to. Before yesterday, the shortlist included the Houston Rockets and, to a lesser extent, the Portland Trailblazers. Melo added the Thunder and the Cavaliers to his list just 24 hours ago. Anthony also reportedly insisted that he be traded before the start of training camp next week, regardless of where he ended up. Around 1 p.m. EST, this afternoon reports surfaced that the Knicks and the Thunder, the most recent team to join Anthony’s list of desired locations, were engaged in “serious talks.”

The Thunder, the Trade, and Another Highway Robbery

In what seems to be a reoccurring theme this summer, the Thunder seemingly got Melo for much less than everyone expected. OKC will send backup center Enes Kanter and 25-year-old Doug McDermott to the Knicks. ESPN later reported that New York would also get the Thunder’s 2018 second-round pick via Chicago. Despite getting two players and a draft pick for Melo, who already wanted out of New York, it’s hard to imagine that the Knicks couldn’t find a better deal for their former superstar.

Reports have come out suggesting that Russ and Paul George played a large part in getting Anthony to waive his no-trade clause for OKC.  Melo is expected to join the Thunder for training camp on Tuesday. Anthony has played with both Westbrook and George previously for the US Men’s National Team.

How Each Team will Deal with Their New Pieces

Carmelo figures to start for the Thunder, but the real question is where? Anthony and Paul George both play the small forward position, but have played power forward in the past. OKC could move George (6’9″) or Melo (6’8″) to shooting guard or power forward and play either big or small. It’s likely that either Andre Roberson (SG) or Patrick Patterson (PF) will lose their starting spot as a result of the trade. McDermott and Kanter are both good candidates to start in New York. McDermott, who plays small forward, should take Anthony’s spot in the Knicks’ starting lineup. Kanter will likely compete with Willy Hernangomez for the starting center spot. The Knicks and Thunder will play each other in their season opener on October 19th.

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