Just like that, the Carmelo Anthony era in New York ended. On Saturday, the Knicks traded Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round pick. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported word of the trade, which will be made official on Monday.
Anthony recently agreed to expand his list of teams he would waive his no-trade clause for over the past few days. The expansion of the list to include the Oklahoma City Thunder and Anthony's desires to be with a new team before training camp begins, accelerated talks and now leads to a deal finally being reached.
Once again, Oklahoma City trades spare parts to land an impact player. Kanter, who is still owed over $36 million combined the next two seasons, fell out of favor with the Thunder with the fast development of Steven Adams. McDermott would have backed up Paul George this season and came off the bench in limited minutes, served as an easily expendable piece for Oklahoma City.
While Anthony's arrival in Oklahoma City might not have been expected, the 33-year-old forward adds another high-end scoring option to pair with George and Russell Westbrook.
As for the Knicks, a team that held no real power in negotiations with a player that both sides wanted out and is still owed a significant amount of money, the small return shouldn't come as any surprise.