according to an ESPN report. The Cavaliers made some sense in that regard—Kevin Love could function as a Melo replacement, plus he’s cheaper and younger—but the snag there was what might happen if LeBron bolts after this upcoming season: would Melo saddle the Cavs with the $28 million season dangling on the end of his contract as a player option? If LeBron were to leave, Love would make a much better trade asset in a potential rebuild than a hugely expensive, 33-year-old Carmelo Anthony. Of course, that assumes the Cavs would offer Love in a swap for Melo. Point is, you could at least trace the outline of a deal.The Knicks reached the playoffs in his first three seasons, but they won only one series.Jackson noted that the Knicks hadn’t been able to win with Anthony, though one division title and three playoff berths give Anthony the best resume of anyone who played for the team in the 21st century.Kristaps Porzingis‘ team. They get a solid bench scorer in Kanter, who is owed $17.8 million this season and has a player option for $18.6 million (which he will probably opt into, considering the tight market next summer). McDermott is in the last year of his rookie deal and has a lot to prove. The pick is nice, but not a first rounder.
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Continue reading the main story Jackson’s ouster initially made Anthony, with two years still to go on his Knicks contract, look like the survivor. But Mills, who had spent three seasons working under Jackson, had other ideas. First, he spent an enormous amount of money to reacquire Tim Hardaway Jr., a 25-year-old, 6-6 swingman who had originally been drafted by the Knicks before Jackson traded him.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.Westbrook, George, and Anthony should make for a dynamite offensive force that could score at will. Losing Kanter won’t be a major loss for a team that starts Steven Adams, and the weight should almost completely be lifted off Westbrook’s shoulders to drop 30 points a night going forward.
Thank you for signing up! Please check your inbox to confirm your email address and start receiving newsletters.New York has agreed to a deal to send Carmelo Anthony to OKC for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, league sources tell ESPN.
Knicks GM Scott Perry talking about Carmelo Anthony. (Sept. 22, 2017)
Sources: Carmelo Anthony traded to Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder or Cavaliers, in addition to the Rockets, according to ESPN.com.
Report: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder
Paul George is expecting his second child with the former exotic dancer he allegedly tried to pay off for an abortion. Feel free to make up your own story why Paul George left his former team, but whatever you do, do not Google “Paul George cross swords.”
The 6-11 Kanter averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in his sixth NBA season for OKC while McDermott, a 6-8 small forward entering his fifth season in the league, scored 6.6 points per game in his only season with the Thunder after coming over from the Bulls. The Knicks also will get a second-round pick in 2018.
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“I think in our position you always keep an open mind,” Perry countered. “Part of my job is to help this team get better in any way that we can. So we’re going to continue to do that on a daily basis, whether its entertaining calls or obviously internal development is going to be important for us. other than that, i really can’t comment any further on it other than my job is to help this team get better in any way that we can, in any of the means that are available to us.”The Thunder will incur an additional $12.4M in luxury tax. OKC now will have a tax bill of $27.8M.
Phil Jackson spent the latter part of his time in New York making it clear he wanted to move Anthony. But a deal was difficult because the 33-year-old forward has two years and about $54 million left on his contract, along with the ability to decline any trade.Anthony averaged 22.4 points last season and made his 10th All-Star Game, though that was the second straight season he finished well off his career average of 24.8 per game.
It’s mind-boggling that so many fans and media members have already soured on him. There are endless instances in which truly great players or role players get off to slow starts in their careers for one reason or another. Remember Dirk Nowitzki’s rookie season? Nowitzki stunk in his first year. Dallas fans called him “Irk” since he couldn’t play defense. He even thought about going back to Germany. In the book Dirk Nowitzki: German Wunderkind, Nowitzki described his rookie season as “jumping out of an airplane hoping the parachute would somehow open.” After James Harden struggled as a rookie, Real GM user sugarscape wrote, “He’s a bust. His in-game athleticism is poor and he’s not very big or skilled. There is no decisiveness to his game either. His upside is Aaron McKie.”
Thunder, on paper, have three star players in a league that requires a clustering of awesome talent simply to compete. But how does Billy Donovan ensure that his triumvirate is happy together when Westbrook didn’t see fit to get Kevin Durant the ball often enough and is coming off an MVP, triple-double, record-setting season where he was a lone-wolf devouring records and box scores? When George, he of the throw-his-teammates-under-the-bus-in-the-playoffs schtick, likes to ask for the last shot but has never hit a buzzer beater — and now says he wants to supplant his, err, new teammate as the next MVP? And when Melo is not exactly Mr. Facilitator?Oklahoma City Thunder. The Knicks will receive Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
The Knicks had stated publicly on Friday that Anthony would return to the team for the start of training camp, but an increased level of urgency began over the weekend. Anthony had a no-trade clause as part of the maximum contract he signed in 2014 and declined a trade from the Knicks throughout the turmoil of Phil Jackson’s tenure as president of basketball operations. Anthony has two seasons and more than $54 million remaining on his contract, including a player option for 2018-19.
But defensive issues still exist, and that will be OKC’s biggest question mark heading into the season. Westbrook struggles at times on that end, and defense has always been the glaring flaw in Anthony’s game.
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Though he averaged more than 20 points per game for the 14th straight season, he endured one of his most difficult years in 2016-17. At 31-51, the Knicks never sniffed playoff contention, and their front office became the laughingstock of the NBA.But this trade probably doesn’t move the needle enough for Oklahoma City. Anthony has defensive flaws of his own that could hurt the team even if he and George can play next to each other.
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Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder
Carmelo Anthony. You either prove you are about more than yourself — that winning, playing well with talent and turning opportunities into success defines who you are as a basketball player — or that you’re not.
Chris Paul also took a shot at the president.
Updated September 23, 2017 2:40 PM By Al Iannazzone email@example.com”Look, Carmelo’s going to be back here,” Perry said Friday at the team’s training facility. “Carmelo has always been a professional.
Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City Thunder: Report
Staff and wire reports After months of speculation, 10-time NBA star Carmelo Anthony, who grew up in Baltimore and attended Towson Catholic, has been traded by the New York Knicks.
New Woj Bomb: Knicks Agreed To Trade Carmelo Anthony To Oklahoma City In Return For Kanter And McDermott
That doesn’t mean a deal is done — or will be done. It’s still a tough move for the Knicks to make, but certainly easier than it was all summer. USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick reported that the Cavs won’t include the Nets’ first rounder they acquired from Boston, which means that the Knicks will find themselves in the same scenario they have been in all summer — playing chicken with other teams who believe they don’t want to go through another season of will they or won’t they dysfunction.
ESPN reports that the Knicks will acquire Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round draft pick. (I told you that you wouldn’t know them.) This means that… Wait. They traded Melo for a guy named Enes? That can’t be right. I don’t think they allow people named Enes to play in the League. Guys named Enes usually spend their time in psychotherapy working through the childhood trauma of everyone calling them Enes the Penis. (Don’t act like you didn’t think it.)
Thunder-Carmelo Anthony trade clearly shows Russell Westbrook's long-term commitment to OKC
For the Knicks, trading Melo ends a years-long saga of his discontent in New York. His tenure in NYC will be remembered mostly for the lows as opposed to the brief highs. Let’s grade the deal for each team.
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But, man, scratch that! Look at what the Knicks are taking back in this deal: Enes Kanter is a useful bench big who absolutely cannot defend in the modern NBA; Doug McDermott is similarly awful defensively, and without a clear position; and that pick—depending on the year in which it ultimately conveys—might not be worth much if any combination of Oklahoma City’s three or four best players stay on the Thunder beyond this season. And it is a hell of a stretch to imagine McDermott replacing more than a fraction of Anthony’s offensive value, even at Melo’s inefficient, shot-jacking worst.
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Forget players shipped out, Sam Presti was able to get Paul George & Carmelo Anthony without sacrificing a first-round pick in either deal.Portland has also tried to engage New York about Anthony, with its guard tandem of All-Star Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum openly recruiting him. But the Knicks have not been interested in the Blazers’ offers, which have included young vets like Maurice Harkless and Evan Turner. Portland has not included its up and coming center Jusuf Nurkic in any offers to the Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony trade rumors remain red hot today as the New York Knicks approach training camp and a potentially awkward reunion with their disgruntled forward. Topping the day’s news: the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder have entered the trade talk circus. The Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers continue to be mentioned as well.
After scoring more than 10,000 points for five coaches over seven seasons without all that much to show for it, Carmelo Anthony is finally leaving New York.