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Will Melo accept a bench role? 00:00:47
The Loud Mouths wonder whether the Knicks will win 35 games in 2019 and whether Carmelo Anthony will come off the bench for the Rockets.

Former Knick Carmelo Anthony officially signed with the Rockets on Monday. And though he may be a 10-time All-Star, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said to expect Melo to come off the bench for his new squad. 

But that wasn't the biggest Knicks news around. On Sunday, Knicks first-rounder Kevin Knox commented on Vegas setting his team's win total at over/under 29 for the season. He wasn't too happy with the number.

"I saw that," he told The Post's Marc Berman. "People are sleeping on us with the 29 wins. I think we definitely can win at least 35 and get in that playoff talk. That's my personal opinion. Everyone has their own opinion. But the whole team, I'm pretty confident we're really good this year, that we have a chance to make the playoffs."

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks F Carmelo Anthony has traveled to Houston, and is expected to officially sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets on Monday, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It has been an ongoing story all offseason as to where Anthony would land. The Hawks initially traded the Thunder for him, but was never going to keep him on the roster. Instead, they would buyout his contract, and allow the 34-year-old veteran to choose where he wanted to play next season. 

The Rockets always seemed like the destination, and it is expected to be official after the completion of Anthony's physical today. Wojnarowski is also reporting that Houston intends to bring Melo off the bench. It will likely be PJ Tucker or Gerald Green who gets the start at small forward. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, reports Yahoo Sports.

Anthony told the Rockets of his decision upon his return from a trip to South Africa, according to the report. 

Melo was previously traded from the Oklahoma City to Atlanta in a three team deal that involved Philadelphia as well. The plan was always for Atlanta to waive Carmelo while taking on his final year of his contract. Carmelo is set to join Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston as they look to avenge their seven game Western Conference Finals loss to the Warriors. 

He is coming off of his worst season of his career in Oklahoma City and looks to bounce back from his astounding 16.8 points per game in the regular season. The Syracuse product dipped from his regular season total and scored 11.8 points per game throughout the postseason. 

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Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Thunder have traded Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick to the Hawks for point guard Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

According to Wojnarowski, the Hawks will waive Anthony, who will be free to join the team of his choice -- with the Rockets the favorites to land him. 

As part of the trade, Muscala will go to Philadelphia, the 76ers' Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot will be traded to the Thunder, and the 76ers' Justin Anderson will be traded to Atlanta, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports...

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony might be headed back to New York; however, not with the Knicks. According to SirusXMNBA Radio's Mitch Lawrence, the Thunder are hoping to trade Melo to the Nets for some sort of return rather than buying his contract out.

The package would include Jeremy Lin for Carmelo and a package of draft picks. The only problem with this idea is that the salaries of Lin and Anthony do not match up. 

The Nets would have to add another contract to balance the astounding $27.9 million deal that Carmelo signed with the Knicks in 2012. The two contracts that could be packaged with Lin would be either SF Demarre Carroll who makes $15.4 million next year or SF Allen Crabbe who is slated to make $18.5 million. Both contracts are expiring. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony might be headed back to New York; however, not with the Knicks. According to SirusXMNBA Radio's Mitch Lawrence, the Thunder are hoping to trade Melo to the Nets for some sort of return rather than buying his contract out.

The package would include Jeremy Lin for Carmelo and a package of draft picks. The only problem with this idea is that the salaries of Lin and Anthony do not match up. 

The Nets would have to add another contract to balance the astounding $27.9 million deal that Carmelo signed with the Knicks in 2012. The two contracts that could be packaged with Lin would be either SF Demarre Carroll who makes $15.4 million next year or SF Allen Crabbe who is slated to make $18.5 million. Both contracts are expiring. 

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Oct 3, 2017; Tulsa, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) speaks to Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni in a break in action during the second quarter at the BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 3, 2017; Tulsa, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) speaks to Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni in a break in action during the second quarter at the BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

There was no secret that former Knicks star F Carmelo Anthony and former head coach Mike D'Antoni didn't see eye to eye in New York. D'Antoni even said Anthony was the reason he quit his head coaching post with the Knicks before the 2012 season began. 

But that was then, and right now, D'Antoni's Houston Rockets look like the favorite to land the 10-time All-Star. 

Six years ago, D'Antoni indulged in his relationship with Anthony, and how the star forward gave the Knicks an ultimatum. It was either get rid of D'Antoni or Anthony wanted to be traded. 

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Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball over New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball over New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to get rid of Carmelo Anthony after just one season. Anthony and the Thunder will part ways some time this summer according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. This comes after Anthony opted into his $27.9 million player option. 

The Thunder are expected to trade Anthony, use their stretch provision, or orchestrate a buyout. 

The small forward was traded on September 25th, 2017 from the Knicks to the Thunder in exchange for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter, and a 2018 second round pick that was used to select Mitchell Robinson.

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Thunder F Carmelo Anthony couldn't believe what happened to his former Knicks teammate Kristaps Porzingis on Tuesday. 

Porzingis tore his ACL following a dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo after landing awkwardly on the court. The news swept across the NBA, and many expressed their support for the Knicks' new franchise player, including their former one. 

"It's sad, man. It's sad," Anthony said to a group of reporters in Oklahoma City. "It's just sad to know that injury, the type of year he's been having, the growth that he has had over this past couple years and even this season."

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(Jeremy Brevard)

Knicks F Michael Beasley may have had a team-high 23 points on Monday night, but his overall play wasn't anything to brag about. 

Beasley also led the Knicks with a minus-16 when on the floor, while committing four turnovers which included a mental lapse after catching a pass and taking a few steps without dribbling for a travel call. His overall defensive play was passive as well. 

However, after the game, Beasley didn't want to dwell on his performance. He was only worried about the team loss...

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Melo on returning to MSG 00:02:49
On GEICO SportsNite, Carmelo Anthony reflects on the video tribute he received upon returning to Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the New York Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 points in place of injured Kristaps Porzingis, and Doug McDermott, one of the players acquired for Anthony, added 11 of his 13 after halftime to help the Knicks break open the game.

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Carmelo Anthony during Thunder media day.  (AP)
Carmelo Anthony during Thunder media day. (AP)

Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony finished with 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting, including zero points in the second half, in his return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening. Anthony added five rebounds, but the Thunder lost to the Knicks 111-96 despite New York playing without Kristaps Porzingis (knee).

While Anthony wasn't able to help the Thunder earn a victory against his former team, Anthony was honored pregame with a video tribute by the Knicks organization. He received cheers (mostly) and a standing ovation, but was also booed when the game started and he first touched the ball. 

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Nov 8, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with center Enes Kanter (00), forward Michael Beasley (8), guard Jarrett Jack (55) and guard Courtney Lee (5) (Kim Klement)
Nov 8, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with center Enes Kanter (00), forward Michael Beasley (8), guard Jarrett Jack (55) and guard Courtney Lee (5) (Kim Klement)

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the New York Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 points in place of injured Kristaps Porzingis, and Doug McDermott, one of the players acquired for Anthony, added 11 of his 13 after halftime to help the Knicks break open the game.

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Carmelo Anthony during Thunder media day.  (AP)
Carmelo Anthony during Thunder media day. (AP)

After waiving his no-trade-clause and accepting a deal that sent him to Oklahoma City, Carmelo Anthony is preparing to return to Madison Square Garden as a visiting player once again. 

Anthony spoke at length to Royce Young of ESPN about New York, the Knicks and his impending visit to the Garden. 

"How could I not miss New York?" Anthony said...

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Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

In wake of Carmelo Anthony's return to Madison Square Garden for the first time, Kristaps Porzingis thinks the fans need to show him the respect and "love" he deserves. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to MSG on Saturday night, and the biggest storyline will be the former Knick in Anthony returning for the first time since he was traded this offseason. The Knicks are planning to a tribute for Anthony, who spent the past seven seasons in New York. 

Porzingis, who is questionable with a sore knee for the game, can't see any fans booing his former teammate...

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Former New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he is excited to return to Madison Square Garden for Saturday's game between the Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, but added he is taking a "business" approach to it.

"At the end of the day, it's business to me. But I'd be lying if I said I'm not ecstatic to be going back and playing there," Anthony said, according to Yahoo! Sports' Michael Lee. "Like I said, I got a different feeling with New York. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. It's a little bit special for me."

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

SG analyst and former Knick great Walt "Clyde" Frazier told WFAN's Mike Francesa he believes the Knicks are capable of maintaining their early-season success.

New York enters tonight's game at Madison Square Garden against the Toronto Raptors with a 9-7 record, including an 8-3 mark at home.

"You know, last year we were 14-10. And then. And then," Frazier said. "So this year, I'm believing in this team, though. I think they're going to get better. … What they can't afford to have is an injury, a key injury to one of their players."

 

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Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

When it became public knowledge that Carmelo Anthony had a no-trade clause in his Knicks' contract, it became conventional wisdom that Anthony would veto any potential trade besides to Cleveland or Houston, if at all.

It was surprising, then, to see Anthony, who has long been on the record with his love for New York City and his desires after basketball, accept a trade to a smaller city like Oklahoma City.

So how's Carmelo Anthony doing in OKC? Pretty good, according to the man himself...

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- As Kristaps Porzingis becomes the face of the Knicks in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era, he says he is taking some leadership cues from LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks GM Scott Perry has a big decision to make by Monday as C Joakim Noah returns from his 20-game suspension, and a roster spot must be made for him. 

There are two options that Perry can administer: 1) Trading a player to make room for Noah, or 2) waiving a player. It was reported that the Knicks were looking to shop Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who finally got his first game action last night. The Lakers, Cavaliers, and Hawks all had interest in Kuzminskas in the 2016 offseason. 

If Perry can't strike a deal, he will be forced to waive a player to make room for Noah, who is under a four-year, $72 million contract. Ramon Sessions appears to be the top candidate to waive, and Perry made it clear he will address the roster one way or the other. 

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(Brad Penner)

Rockets PF Ryan Anderson made the Knicks regret passing on him in the potential Carmelo Anthony trade with a 21-point performance on Wednesdsay night. 

The Rockets came to The Garden and gave the Knicks a reality check, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 119-97 win. Anderson was a key part of the Rockets' scoring outburst, and he admitted it was good to get a win against the team that shunned him and his pricey contract. 

"It felt good," Anderson told The Post's Fred Kerber. "No, seriously this was just a game we needed to win to get our flow back. It felt like this was the kind of uplifting game we needed to move forward. Of course, it feels good to play well in Madison Square Garden at any time." 

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(Brad Penner)

Rockets PF Ryan Anderson made the Knicks regret passing on him in the potential Carmelo Anthony trade with a 21-point performance on Wednesdsay night. 

The Rockets came to The Garden and gave the Knicks a reality check, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 119-97 win. Anderson was a key part of the Rockets' scoring outburst, and he admitted it was good to get a win against the team that shunned him and his pricey contract. 

"It felt good," Anderson told The Post's Fred Kerber. "No, seriously this was just a game we needed to win to get our flow back. It felt like this was the kind of uplifting game we needed to move forward. Of course, it feels good to play well in Madison Square Garden at any time." 

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(Mark D. Smith)

Thunder F Carmelo Anthony isn't worried about hearing boos from Knicks fans in his return to Madison Square Garden in December. 

After defeating the Knicks in his season debut with the Thunder, Anthony thinks his first game back in The Garden will be a home game despite the jersey he wears

"It's too far away to think about yet, but it will be a home game for me," Anthony told The Post's Marc Berman. "(I have) a good feeling. I have a good feel about that one. Coming back and playing in front of those fans. I feel good about that." 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points, brought down 12 rebounds and recorded a block of former teammate Carmelo Anthony in Thursday's season-opening 105-84 loss at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The 22-year-old forward recorded his fourth 30-point game in his third professional season, shooting 11-of-25 from the floor and 2-of-6 from 3-point range. 

"I always have the highest expectations for myself," Porzingis said, according to the New York Post's Fred Kerber. "I'm my own critic always in situations where I'm not playing well. There's nothing I will hear that will surprise me from the fans or whatever."

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GEICO SportsNite: Melo on NYC 00:01:31
Former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony opens up about his journey since being traded to Oklahoma City and reflects on his time in New York.

Thunder F Carmelo Anthony opened up after Thursday night's game about the trade that sent him from the Knicks to Oklahoma City.

"I've had some great years, I've had some down years in New York, but like I said, I'm ready to just kind of move on," Anthony told SNY's Taylor Rooks.

"For me, it was a relief," Anthony said about being traded. "Like I said, I walked through hell and now people are gonna watch me walk up out it."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis is embracing the task of guarding former teammate Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night -- and the challenge of leading the Knicks in Anthony's absence.  

"For sure, it's going to be weird," Porzingis told SNY's Adam Zagoria earlier this week. "But I'm looking forward to that game. It's in OKC, great atmosphere as always. It's going to be a good challenge for us."

"He's been in the league for 13, 14 years," Porzingis added. "I think everybody knows what he's doing but nobody can stop him. It's going to be a challenge for me. I'm going to do my best."

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(Amber Searls)

Knicks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. has been through a rebuilding process since he left New York, and now he returns with high expectations. 

The Knicks awarded Hardaway a hefty four-year, $71 million contract. With that deal, Hardaway Jr. is expected to produce on a nightly basis as he reunites with the team that drafted him back in 2013. To get to this point, though, Hardaway Jr. had to rebuild his game, and it started when he was traded to the Hawks in 2015. 

"I wanted to stay," Hardaway told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "I wanted to improve in the offseason. I wanted to come back a better, stronger, faster player for the Knicks that next season. Just didn't happen. It was a blessing just being able to hae a team out there that wanted me and knew they could develop me into a player they wanted me to become and I wanted to become."

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Melo's thought process 00:04:22
Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss what was going through Carmelo Anthony's mind as his time with the Knicks came to a close.

Carmelo Anthony, who was traded from the Knicks to the Thunder in late-September, said he doesn't hold a grudge against the Knicks for how things transpired in New York.

Former Knicks president Phil Jackson took subtle and not so subtle shots at Anthony last season, before attempting to trade him at the deadline and again before the Draft this past April.

"When I signed back with the Knicks, I wanted to be in New York and I believed in Phil,'' Anthony told Marc Stein of the NY Times. "Then last year it went to: I was being pushed out. There were things being said about me that I didn't know where they were coming from. And I still had to go in that gym and play and practice and deal with the media, answer all those questions every day."

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Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kristaps Porzingis admits it will be "weird" playing against Carmelo Anthony on opening night, and not with him.

But the 7-foot-3 unicorn is also anxious to try his hand at defending his former teammate when the Knicks open the 2017-18 season against Anthony and Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

"For sure, it's going to be weird," Porzingis said Tuesday after practice. "But I'm looking forward to that game. It's in OKC, great atmosphere as always. It's going to be a good challenge for us."

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New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with forward Kristaps Porzingis (Adam Hunger)

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The drama-filled Knicks offseason is finally over and the actual games that count have arrived. A new era begins Thursday, when the Knicks take on an old friend who was an integral part of which direction the team would head in. Before the Knicks face Carmelo Anthony for the first time since 2010, let's take a look at five bold predictions for the 2017-2018 Knicks season...

1. Kristaps Porzingis will average a double-double

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Knicks won't have a huge problem scoring the basketball. It's the other side of the ball that could doom them the entire 2017-18 season. Their defense is bad, and it's difficult to see enough improvement to put them in the winning column more often than not. This team is likely going to give up more than 100 points almost every night.

The Knicks' defense has been worse-than-average in 15 of the last 16 seasons. The only season they were not was the lockout-shortened season in 2011-2012. That was the year Tyson Chandler was the Defensive Player of the Year.

The last time the Knicks defense allowed fewer points per 100 possessions than the league average in a full, 82-game season was in 2000-2001, which was Jeff Van Gundy's last full season as Knicks head coach. The Knicks also ranked last in defensive rebounding percentage last season. They gave up 108 PPG, which was 23rd in the NBA, and they have already given up 113 PPG in their four preseason losses so far...

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony handles the ball against Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson during the first quarter at the BOK Center. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony handles the ball against Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson during the first quarter at the BOK Center. (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Rockets players expressed their content that former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony finally got his trade request granted in the offseason even though it wasn't to Houston.

Anthony had previously expressed his desire to only waive his no-trade clause to the Rockets to join James Harden and Chris Paul, however the Knicks told other teams around the league that Houston didn't have assets that appealed to them.

Instead, Anthony added the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder to his list of teams he would accept a trade to, and New York dealt him to Oklahoma City to partner in late September in exchange for Enes KanterDoug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.

"I sorta felt like he would be traded," Paul said, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola. "I actually hoped he would to give him peace of mind so he could be happy. And I think he's happy now."

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Current Thunder and former Knicks SF Carmelo Anthony has quickly found a niche with his new team in Oklahoma City. 

Anthony and the Knicks struggled this offseason to reach an agreement as to where the veteran All-Star would land this season. After the Knicks asked Melo for a few more options after talks with the Rockets settled, a deal with the Thunder was made in an instant. 

At the end of the day, Anthony was looking for a playoff contender and found one with the Thunder.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots over Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) shoots over Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. (Reinhold Matay)

Knicks F Lance Thomas thanked former Knick Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday via a letter in Players' Tribune.

Thomas said he looked up to Anthony as a young basketball player and fellow Brooklynite, noting that Anthony's confidence and joy on the court "made me dream about playing on the same team as you one day, as outlandish as that seemed back then."

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(Mark D. Smith)

Thunder F Carmelo Anthony said a Draft night trade that would have sent him to the Cavaliers this past April fell apart.

The deal would've also included Paul George, who was still with the Pacers at the time and is now Anthony's teammate on the Thunder.

"Me and PG have a very close friendship," Anthony said Thursday while appearing on SiriusXM. "Actually, it was funny because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night. ... we were communicating about that. The deal was actually done and it got called off on Draft night, so me and PG stayed connected throughout the course of the season."

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) and forward Doug McDermott (20) speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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John Starks is considered one of the top-15 Knicks all-time -- he knows a thing or two about getting to the playoffs. Starks made the postseason in every single one of his eight seasons with the Knicks. With the Knicks trading Carmelo Anthony, many believe that they aren't a playoff team with their current roster, but Starks disagrees. 

"I see this as a playoff team," Starks told SNY.tv on Tuesday night at the NextGen AAA launch event at Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers. "I thought they were a playoff team last year, but unfortunately things didn't click. Hopefully this year, especially in the East. The East isn't as strong as the West. I think we are in the top eight teams that should be in there.

"I think we have a solid team, but you never know until you lace them up and get out there on the court. Hopefully guys come back with some renewed energy just knowing they are a much better team than what they showed last year. I'm excited about it."

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Jake Brown | Twitter | After six and a half seasons and three playoff appearances, the Carmelo Anthony era with the Knicks is over. Anthony had his supporters, he had his critics, and he had those stuck in the middle. His ending in New York unfortunately did not come the way he hoped for.

Looking back, should the Knicks have traded all the guys they did to get him? Well, they could have waited until the offseason in 2011 when he became a free agent, but they wanted to win right then and now. I spoke with former Knicks GM Glen Grunwald last week, who was in the Knicks front office when they made the deal for Anthony.

"We did make some progress with Carmelo," Grunwald told Justin MacMahan and I (filling in for Jim Duquette) on The Jim and Justin Breakdown. "It didn't not work. Ideally, what we would have done is waited for Carmelo to become a free agent that summer and retain all those other assets and then sign him as a free agent. ... but it didn't work out that way and there's a lot of reasons for that. You can't say it was completely unsuccessful, but if your goal is to win a NBA championship, then it was unsuccessful."

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Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- After Enes Kanter found out he had been traded to the Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal, he woke up in the middle of the night and reminded himself what had just happened.

"When I heard about the news first I was doing a basketball camp for orphans in Oklahoma City," Kanter explained at Knicks' Media Day, where he and Doug McDermott were introduced on the same day Anthony spoke at Oklahoma City's Media Day. "And my friend brought me my phone and he said, 'Hey, this is urgent. And I said, 'I'm doing a camp.' And he said, 'It's urgent."

It was Kanter's manager on the other end of the line informing him of the trade...

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SNY's Taylor Rooks and Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News recap the highlights of New York Knicks Media Day.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Knicks are adjusting to a new reality and getting used to life in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era.

"It's definitely different," Knicks center Joakim Noah said Monday at Media Day. "Carmelo was just such a big part of the New York Knicks, he meant so much to the city. So it's definitely different not having him around."

Point guard Derrick Rose, Noah's former teammate with the Knicks and Chicago Bulls, is also gone -- to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And Phil Jackson was fired as team President in June, taking the much-maligned triangle offense with him.

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SNY's Taylor Rooks and Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News recap the highlights of New York Knicks Media Day.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Knicks are adjusting to a new reality and getting used to life in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era.

"It's definitely different," Knicks center Joakim Noah said Monday at Media Day. "Carmelo was just such a big part of the New York Knicks, he meant so much to the city. So it's definitely different not having him around."

Point guard Derrick Rose, Noah's former teammate with the Knicks and Chicago Bulls, is also gone -- to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And Phil Jackson was fired as team President in June, taking the much-maligned triangle offense with him.

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Carmelo Anthony speaks to the media after being formally introduced as the newest member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Carmelo Anthony addressed the media in Oklahoma City on Monday after being traded from the Knicks to the Thunder, saying that he went from an "emotional rollercoaster" to somewhere he feels "wanted and appreciated."

"It happened so quickly, I had to make a quick decision," Anthony said. ... "This was a team, organization, and city" he had no problem coming to and being a part of.

Anthony said Russell Westbrook's loyalty to the city and the addition of Paul George helped convince him to waive his no-trade clause to join the Thunder.

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(Joe Camporeale)

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry discussed the Carmelo Anthony trade during media day on Monday, noting that it made sense basketball-wise.

Mills, who said talks with the Thunder picked up Friday night, added that the Knicks have "always been consistent" that if they found a deal that made sense, they'd execute it.

Perry said the "timing was right."

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Carmelo Anthony, whose trade to the Okahoma City Thunder was announced on Monday, penned a farewell letter to New York, the Knicks organization, and fans.

"New York equipped me to make it in any other place in the world. It taught me how to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable," Anthony wrote. "Saying Goodbye is the hardest thing to do. I never thought I would, especially to you. No one will ever take your place. It's hard to find someone like you, so know you will always be missed. You helped me laugh. You dried my tears. Because of you, I have no fears. You came into my life and I was blessed. It's time to raise my hand and say goodbye. It's not the end, because like I've always said, NYC 'til the end."

Shortly before the trade to the Thunder happened, Anthony expanded the list of teams he'd waive his no-trade clause for, helping to facilitate the deal.

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Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Knicks officially announced the trade involving Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.

"This is a deal we feel works for both this franchise and Carmelo. 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," Knicks President Steve Mills said in an official press release. "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."

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Anthony waived his trade kicker -- which was worth $8.1 million -- to make the trade happen. 

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks over Miami Heat shooting guard Josh Richardson during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks over Miami Heat shooting guard Josh Richardson during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis told the New York Daily News' Frank Isola he is confident he can take over as the face of the franchise after New York traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

"I am ready for the challenge," Porzingis told Isola. "I've been preparing myself for this moment."

In his first interview since returning to the United States, the Knicks' former first-round draft pick talked about what having Anthony as a teammate meant to him, discussed his relationship with head coach Jeff Hornacek and explained why he worked out on his own this offseason in Larvia.

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SNY's Taylor Rooks is joined by ESPN's Ian Begley and the NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy to discuss Carmelo Anthony's trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder on GEICO SportsNite.

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The Carmelo Anthony era has come to an end all the drama is done with, with the Knicks bringing Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott back to New York.

The Knicks were not going to get much better of a return than this. I don't think the Cavaliers were trading Kevin Love, and that would be the only return that was any better. Maybe the Knicks could have gotten a first round pick instead of a second round pick, but that's about it. I like the pieces the Knicks got here. 

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(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says Phil Jackson "chased" Carmelo Anthony out of New York and that the forward's addition automatically makes the Oklahoma City Thunder a threat to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference.

"They've got two top-10 players [in Russell Westbrook and Paul George] and Carmelo, who's No. 60 or whatever they got him rated," Boeheim, who coached Anthony to the 2003 NCAA championship, told SNY.tv by phone on Saturday. "I think he's still a top player, and I think Russell and Paul George make it easier for him to be able to do what he does."

The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors remain the team to beat but with the Knicks agreeing to deal Anthony to the Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick, the Thunder have inched closed to the Warriors. The trade was first reported by ESPN, and confirmed to SNY.tv by a league source.

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Carmelo Anthony has expanded the list of teams he would approve a trade to, Taylor Rooks discusses New York basketball with Michael Beasley.

 

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Carmelo Anthony is expected at Knicks training camp come Monday, but the team's front office hasn't ruled out trading him.

"Our plan is that Carmelo will be with us on Monday on marketing day and media day and be with us on Tuesday when we start practicing," Knicks president Steve Mills said Friday at the team's training facility.

The Knicks were unable to move Anthony this summer, but new GM Scott Perry said he's still fielding calls. Portland and Houston are among the teams that have been linked to Anthony, who has two years and approximately $54 million remaining on his contract...

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