By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Knicks have officially traded its former star Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The deal became official before the Knicks and the Thunder held their annual Media Day.
Anthony, who the Knicks have been trying to trade for quite some time, finally got deal on Saturday. The Knicks are receiving Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.
The Thunder have greatly increased its roster this offseason. In the past few months, they have acquired Anthony and Paul George.
Kanter and Victor Oladipo were their No. 2 and No. 3 options last season. They were both dealt to get their new big additions.
With the Knicks, they’re now going to build around young star Kristaps Porziņģis. They’re also in rebuilding mode with a new regime leading the way in team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry.
Porziņģis, who the Knicks attempted to deal this summer, as well, when Phil Jackson was in charge, is now a part of their grand plan. Anthony failed to guide the team to the playoffs in the past several seasons. Let’s see what Porziņģis can do.
In this move, the Thunder have built a title contender, who can compete with the San Antonio Spurs and the reigning NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors. Last season, the Thunder’s offensive production drastically dipped when Russell Westbrook went off the court.
This new Thunder team will definitely need some time to gel. However, when everything is clicking with them, they should be a dangerous team and have a keep playoff run.
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