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."
"As we said here on Friday morning. ...Carmelo Anthony was going to be back in a New York Knicks uniform. That's where things were at at that time. But as I've come to know during my 18 years in the NBA things can be very fluid. So Friday evening, Friday night into Saturday morning early hours, things really picked up with the Oklahoma City Thunder and we felt at that time that there was going to be something there and to our point all along that it was going to make a little sense for us as a basketball organization, made some sense for Carmelo as well, and so we acted upon that."
With Enes Kanter, Perry said the team is getting back "a young man who has proven he can score the basketball in the interior," and praised Doug McDermott's "ability to make shots from three-point range."
Perry didn't get in to specifics about the club's discussions with Anthony prior to the trade, but said "he had made his sentiments known, as had we."
"In a general sense, we had discussions with Carmelo," Mills added. ...[We] worked together to see if there was something there."
The Knicks also announced they will be donating $100,000 to Anthony's hurricane relief fund for Puerto Rico.