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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)
(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)
(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)
(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)

Jake Brown | Twitter |

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)

Jake Brown | Twitter |

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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 (Mark D. Smith)
(Mark D. Smith)

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)
(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)

Jake Brown | Twitter |

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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(Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

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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Knicks Media Day Report 00:03:27
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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Knicks Media Day Report 00:03:27
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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GEICO SportsNite: Melo in OKC 00:00:59
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)
(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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(Tommy Gilligan (USA Today))

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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Jake Brown | Twitter |

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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Melo's list of teams is growing 00:02:16
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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(AP)

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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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Knicks president Steve Mills said the plan is for Carmelo Anthony to be with the team for the foreseeable future.

"Our plan is that Carmelo will be with us on Monday (at media day). ... and be with us on Tuesday when we start practice," Mills said on Friday.

Jake Brown | Twitter | There's no reason for the Knicks to commit to Carmelo Anthony's future. Everyone knows the rumors, and Anthony has made it clear he wants to be traded. Scott Perry and Steve Mills would be doing everyone a disservice if they acted like it's a definite that he will be here. And with media day and training camp getting underway next week, they know that now is the time trade talks are ramping up.

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Most likely scenarios for Melo 00:01:26
SNY.tv discusses the four most likely scenarios for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony heading into training camp.

Jake Brown | Twitter | The story that has surrounded the Knicks all offseason has been Carmelo Anthony. Will he somehow stay with the Knicks or will he go to a contender? Most people believe a deal will eventually get done, either before the season or sometime during the season.

Anthony has made it pretty clear that he wants to go to the Houston Rockets. In fact, according to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, Melo and his camp are "cautiously optimistic" a deal could get done before Monday. If not, next week could be a circus.

The issue will continue to be whether the Rockets are the right trade partner for the Knicks. If not, the dilemma becomes Anthony accepting going elsewhere, which seems like a lost cause right now.

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 (Cary Edmondson)
(Cary Edmondson)

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Jarrett Jack could play many roles with the Knicks this season.

Or he could play none at all.

If Jack, 33, is fully healthy after recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus in 2016 with the Nets, he could potentially be the team's starting point guard.

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Beasley is introduced as a Knick 00:00:55
Michael Beasley is formally introduced to the media as a new member of the New York Knicks.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Michael Beasley says he "would love New York to be my home," but he's not here to replace Carmelo Anthony.

The 28-year-old Beasley, a former No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Knicks in August for the NBA's veteran minimum. Some speculate that he was brought in as a primary scorer -- something he's always done well -- in the event the Knicks trade Anthony. But he says that isn't the case.

"I don't think of that at all," Beasley, who has career averages of 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds, said Tuesday at the Knicks' training facility. "I don't know what's going on. I don't watch anybody else's saga but my own and I'm looking forward to playing with Carmelo. Anything else is the organization and the coaches and him but I'm looking forward to having a great year with Melo and finally making the playoffs."

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(Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

He may not be the Carmelo Anthony from his prime, but Warriors F Draymond Green doesn't believe Melo should have been ranked the 64th best player in the NBA.

ESPN released their latest Top 100 rankings of players in the NBA, and Anthony fell drastically to No. 64. Green admits Melo's play isn't the same as it was years before, but his drop in the rankings is not right. 

"I think when you look at Melo, Melo has been a great player in this league for some time now," Green told ESPN.com. "Obviously I think no one thinks that he's the Melo he was five years ago, and that happens to everyone. That's just the nature of the career that we've all chosen."

"At some point, you start to slow down and you're not who you once were. So, I'm not going to sit here and lie and act like he is the Melo he was five years ago, but the 64th-best player in the NBA? All right, five years ago he was maybe sixth. He ain't f-ing 64 [now]."

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Ball ranked over Melo? No Way! 00:01:22
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR cries foul on ESPN for ranking Lonzo Ball ahead of Carmelo Anthony.

Knicks star F Carmelo Anthony took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize ESPN after he was ranked 64th in their #NBA Rank Top 100 NBA player rankings

Anthony fell drastically from last year's rankings as he was No. 31 last season. 

 

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Portland Trail Blazers star PG Damian Lillard admitted to having a hard time recruiting Knicks SF Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause. 

This offseason, several teams have tried to lure Anthony to waive his no-trade clause to join their team including the Blazers. However, Lillard told The Undefeated that it is hard to change Melo's mind. 

"I didn't want to press him," Lillard said. "I ain't a big fan of doing all the extra recruiting and all that stuff. And I guess they call it tampering or whatever. It's not against the rules for us to interact with each other."

"We all peers, we all play in the same league and everybody hints at playing with each other. 'What you think about this?' 'What do you think about that?' All that matters is whether it got done or did not get done. Or hasn't got done, and it hasn't got done. So, it is what it is."

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Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks shakes hands with Western Conference guard James Harden of the Houston Rockets before the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks shakes hands with Western Conference guard James Harden of the Houston Rockets before the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was seen playing pick-up basketball alongside Houston Rockets guards James Harden and Chris Paul on Monday at Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City.

Several other NBA players were playing in the game, including the Knicks' Lance Thomas, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Enes Kantor, Cleveland's Iman Shumpert and Toronto's Serge Ibaka.

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Knicks SF Carmelo Anthony is staying in touch with his teammates playing in the European Championships, including F Kristaps Porzingis. 

Though both the Knicks and Anthony seem to be on the same page of parting ways before the season, Melo is continuing to stay in contact with his current teammates for the time being.

According to David Pick, Anthony has been "sending texts of encouragement" to Porzingis, SF Mindaugas Kuzminskas, and C Willy Hernangomez who are playing with their native countries. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder C Enes Kanter spoke on his time playing with Knicks SF Carmelo Anthony's alter ego, "Hoodie Melo," on Timeout with Taylor Rooks. 

Kanter has been scrimmaging against Anthony and many others at the Knicks' star's gym in Manhattan all summer, and he has learned first-hand what it is like to play against 'Hoodie Melo."

Anthony has been seen working out and playing pick-up games with a hoodie on, and Kanter believes the attire gives him a mental boost. 

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Knicks F Carmelo Anthony revealed why New York will always have a special place in his heart, per NY Daily News' Zachary Ripple. 

Sports Illustrated shared a video where Anthony speaks on his New York City roots and how it has shaped his career. The 15-year veteran has spent six years with the Knicks, but he admits it hasn't felt that way. 

"It don't feel like 6-and-a-half years," Anthony said. "It's a long time, it's a long time."

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Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis has been the star of the Latvian national team at the European Championships, per The Post's Marc Berman.  

Latvia has been surprising teams like Russia, who they defeated in a stunner 84-69 on Tuesday to secure a 3-1 record in Group D as they head into the elimination round. 

Porzingis only played 24 minutes in Tuesday's game due to foul trouble, but still managed 11 points and four rebounds in the contest. In the other games, he has been the star of the show averaging 24 points in the first four games of the tournament. 

Fellow teammates C Willy Hernangomez and SF Mindaugas Kuzminskas are also heding to the elimination round with Spain and Lithuania respectively. Kuzminskas is the leading scorer for Lithuania as he is averaging 16.3 points per game while hitting 40 percent from beyond the arc...

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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (7) during the NBA All-Star Practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets remain "not close" on a potential deal involving Carmelo Anthony, and the Knicks have told people around the league that the Rockets don't have assets that appeal to them, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Anthony has said during the offseason he wanted to be traded and the only team he would waive his no-trade clause would be to Houston so he could join James Harden and Chris Paul, however no progress has been made since the two teams re-engaged in trade talks last month.

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Knicks rookie guard Frank Ntilikina told reporters on Sunday he has been working out with fellow New York teammates Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Last week, Ntilikina was recorded practicing alongside Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr.

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Feb 8, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons former player Isiah Thomas is honored during halftime of the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Feb 8, 2017; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons former player Isiah Thomas is honored during halftime of the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Fomer Knicks president and coach, Isiah Thomas, doesn't believe former Knicks president Phil Jackson's legacy has been hurt due to his inability to win in New York.

Thomas, who currently serves as the presiden to the WNBA's New York Liberty, knows how hard it is to win in New York having had a tough time with the Knicks in his tenure. With Jackson hailed as one of the greatest coaches of all time, Thomas doesn't see his stint in New York tarnishing all he has accomplished in the game. 

"There've been a lot of us who have come through New York that want to do well," Thomas said on The MMA Hour radio show in Las Vegas. "For whatever reason we didn't do well. I look at Phil before he got to New York -- how he was respected in the game. And that's the Phil Jackson I choose to remember. That's on the real."

Thomas wanted to hire Jackson to coach the Knicks in 2005, but he turned down the offer. He still ponders what he did wrong with the Knicks, but knows that New York is the hardest city to please... 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks president Steve Mills omitted forward Carmelo Anthony when talking about the franchise's new vision in a blog post.

In a post titled "A New Day For The Knicks -- The Journey Begins," Mills said the team plans to build around young players Kristaps PorzingisWilly Hernangomez, first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and the recently-signed Tim Hardaway Jr., but made no mention of Anthony, who has requested a trade to the Rockets despite having two years and $54 million remaining on his contract.

"[Ntilikina], Porzingis and Hardaway, along with Hernangómez and Ron Baker will exemplify a new defensive mindset that puts a premium on making stops," Mills wrote. "Only from there can a productive offense flow. We will emphasize ball movement, body movement, spacing and screening, while understanding that these changes will be a work in progress. We may not be there at first, but that's the brand of ball our players will aspire to fulfill."

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