Knicks Finally Trade Carmelo Anthony
As the NBA training camps get ready to open, the New York Knicks finally made their long anticipated trade of 10 time All Star forward Carmelo Anthony, announcing it formally on September 25th. The Knicks had been talking with teams about trade possibilities for some time, but after Anthony, who had a no trade clause, added Oklahoma City and Cleveland to the short list of where he would accept a trade. With that, the Knicks sent Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott, and the Chicago Bulls 2018 second round draft pick.
Last season, after the departure of Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City exceeded expectations by finishing 47-35, good for the sixth playoff seed in the NBA West. Much of the burden fell on Russell Westbrook, who averaged a league leading 37.4 points per game and a record 42 triple doubles. Westbrook was named the NBAs Most valuable Player, but it was clear he’d need help if the Thunder was to be a serious contender for the NBA title.
So in July, the Thunder traded two players to the Indiana Pacers for four time All Star forward Paul George. George averaged 23.7 points per game for the Pacers last season. And now the Thunder has added Carmelo Anthony, making Oklahoma City another formidable franchise in the NBA West.
Here’s Carmelo Anthony scoring his career high 62 points against the then Charlotte Bobcats in 2014: