By Matt Bagdat,
Sports Business Editor
After months of speculation, the Carmelo Anthony saga has finally taken a new turn. The now-former Knicks’ forward was the subject of trade talks throughout the entire 2017 season and offseason, with the Houston Rockets being listed as the frontrunner to acquire his talents.
However, despite the dream of pairing Anthony alongside James Harden and the newly-acquired Chris Paul, the Rockets were unable to come up with a trade package that matched salaries and intrigued the Knicks. Anthony’s contract still has two years remaining, and the Knicks wanted to receive as much value as possible before potentially buying him out.
On Friday night, Anthony expanded his list of desired teams, adding the Cavaliers and Thunder to the mix of teams he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for. The rumor of Carmelo and LeBron James playing together has floated around for some time, however it appears as that fans will have to wait a bit longer to see the two on the same roster. The reason is because on Saturday afternoon the Oklahoma City Thunder packaged Center Enes Kanter, Forward Doug McDermott, and a second-round pick to acquire Anthony.
Anthony joins his summer pickup running mate Russell Westbrook, and All-Star Paul George, helping make the Thunder a potential powerhouse once again after losing Kevin Durant in the summer of 2016. They emerge as a strong contender in the Western Conference, giving league MVP Westbrook some much-needed help.
As per the Knicks, it is now clear that the team is heading in a new direction, with Kristaps Porzingis becoming the face of the franchise in his third year. This move is yet another blockbuster in what has been a crazy offseason. The start of the new season could not come sooner!
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, September 26th print edition.
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