Regranned from :entertainmentninfo - Knicks sending Carmelo Anthony to OKC Thunder for 2 players, pick #FACTS SEPT. 23, 2017. A complicated era is over. Carmelo Anthony finally escaped New York.
After months of posturing and misdirection regarding his future, the Knicks agreed to ship the greatest Knick since #PatrickEwing to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and a second-round pick, a source confirmed Saturday.
Two role players is a small haul for a player of Anthony’s stature and scoring prowess, but the Knicks were never getting a comparable return. Both sides just needed to move on after a long and contentious divorce period.
During and after #PhilJackson’s tenure, the Knicks made it known that Anthony was no longer part of their plans. But they couldn’t agree to a deal to satisfy Anthony’s desire of playing for the Rockets, setting in motion fears.
There is an important connection with the Thunders : assistant GM Troy Weaver formerly coached Anthony at Syracuse, and the two remain close. Beyond that, the Thunder will boast a trio (Anthony, Westbrook, George) as lethal offensively as any in the NBA. To complete the deal, Anthony not only had to waive his no-trade clause, he sacrificed a trade kicker worth $8.1 million.
He leaves the biggest NBA market for one of the smallest, an ironic move considering he pushed so hard to travel the opposite way six years ago for his trade to the Knicks. New York is the city that never sleeps and Oklahoma City’s stores all close by 6 p.m. But digital media has changed the landscape such that stars can get exposure and endorsements in any market. The Thunder have 27 games on national television this season, compared to New York’s eight. #ENTERTAINMENTNINFO#NINFONETWORK#CARMELOANTHONY#KNICKS#TRADE#NEWYORK#NYC#BROOKLYN#MANHATTAN#BRONX#NETS#BASKETBALL#ATHLETES#ENEWS#BUZZFEED#HUFFPOST#HUFFPOSTGRAM#LEBRONJAMES#OKC#THUNDERS#JAMESHARDEN#KEVINDURANT#STEPHCURRY#OKLAHOMA#LOSANGELES .