OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder's trade for 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony is official, the team and the New York Knicks announced Monday.
The Thunder will send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round pick to the Knicks to complete the deal.
“We are thrilled to welcome Carmelo to Oklahoma City and the Thunder organization,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in an official statement. “In addition to his skill level, experience, and unique talents, Carmelo is another high character, professional player for our roster.”
Anthony spent seven seasons in New York, averaging 24.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists during those years, shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range.
“This is a deal we feel works for both this franchise and Carmelo," Knicks President of Basketball Operations Steve Mills said in an official statement. "We thank him for his seven seasons in a Knicks uniform and all that he accomplished off the court for the City of New York by using his platform to address social issues. We will continue to focus on this team looking forward towards the immediate and long-term future. As we have said recently, this is a new beginning for the New York Knicks.”
Anthony, who waived a no-trade clause to come to Oklahoma City, had told the Knicks he wanted out of New York months ago, initially pushing for a deal to the Houston Rockets. The Knicks and Rockets could not work anything out with Houston having to send over power forward Ryan Anderson's three-year contract in any conceivable agreement. The Knicks were looking for shorter contracts. Eventually, Anthony expanded his list of teams to include the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thunder.
The Knicks brought in Kanter and McDermott to replace some of the scoring they would be losing with the departure of Anthony.
“We acquired two 25-year-old players in this deal that we can develop, while sticking with our overall strategy of emphasizing youth and athleticism," Knicks general manager and former Thunder assistant GM Scott Perry said. "With this trade, we have added scoring and aggressiveness to our frontcourt, and bolstered the team’s perimeter shooting. We are glad to have finalized a trade that made sense for all of us.”