New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony has been traded with the Oklahoma City Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter, and a 2018 second round pick (via Chicago).
According to multiple reports, the Knicks initially planned to deal Anthony to the Houston Rockets — his preferred destinations, but failed to do so. And so the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder became options.
An article by NBA said that “Anthony and the Knicks had conducted a stare-down for the last few months because of a fractured relationship caused by the previous New York administration led by president Phil Jackson.”
Anthony is now set to join 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook and Paul George who was also recently acquired by Thunder.
Thunder lost one of its key players Kevin Durant when he joined 2017 champs Golden State Warriors. Westbrook performed a level higher in the previous season, high enough that made him the MVP, but not enough to make ‘OKC’ champions. Now the question at hand: Is the addition of Carmelo Anthony enough to beat the defending champion, the ‘super team’ Warriors?
According to NBA, the deal between Knicks and Thunder will be finalized on Monday.