Carmelo Anthony Settles Blockbuster Deal With Thunder
On September 23, 2017 New-York Knicks power forward and ten year all-star Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma thunder on a multi-million dollar contract. This marked the end of being the face of Knicks basketball. The 33 year old, a ten time All-Star and scoring champion in 2014, helped cure a dying Knicks franchise when he was picked up in a trade from Denver in 2011. He averaged 28.7 points per game in the 2012-13 season securing the NBA’s scoring title while also leading New York to a 54 win season. Their best record since the 1996 season. Anthony’s glorious image was finished after Phil Jackson took control as Knicks president of basketball operations in 2014. The following four years New York failed to make the playoffs while at the same time in 2015 having their worst season in franchise history, 17-65. Jackson insisted on keeping his main Triangle Offense, as he put the team’s problems to blame on Anthony and his “ball stopping habits”. “The team could not win with him on the court.’ Jackson stated.
Trade Speculations with the Houston Rockets about picking up the star in early July 2017 were rumored but no deals were reached between the two teams soon after . Until, Friday night, the 22th when it was reported that Anthony expanded his list of desired trade destinations to include the Thunder and Cavaliers. Around 12 hours later the deal was completely done. The Knicks were looking for Young, productive, and cost friendly assets in the deal. As a part of the deal the Knicks received players Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick belong to the Bulls for the 2017-18 season this year in exchange for Anthony.