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.
The trade came one day after Anthony expanded his desired teams list to include the Cavaliers and Thunder, per Wojnarowski.
Kanter, who has an $18.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season, averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last year at the center position. A 2014 1st-round pick, McDermott has totaled eight points per contest in his first three NBA seasons.
"We acquired two 25-year-old players in this deal that we can develop, while sticking with out overall strategy of emphasizing youth and athleticism," Knicks GM Scott Perry said. "With this trade, we have added scoring and aggressiveness to our front court, and bolstered the team's perimeter shooting. We are glad to have finalized a trade that made sense for all of us."
Anthony had said throughout the offseason that he would only waive his no-trade clause to play for the Rockets. However, after the Knicks could not make a deal with the Rockets, they requested other teams from Anthony's camp.
The Cavaliers were reportedly a team on Anthony's radar prior to the trade of PG Chris Paul to Houston. ESPN's Ian Begley broke the news that the Thunder was another team added to the list.
Perry said on Friday that Anthony was going to be at the team facility next week, and that he has been a professional throughout the process.
"Look, Carmelo's going to be back here," Perry said. "Carmelo has always been a professional. That's one thing I've always respected about him. I think he can set a good example for the young players. He's been a 10-time All-Star. If he's back here with the New York Knicks, we expect him to be the professional he's always exemplified throughout his career and move forward with him."
Anthony, who has two years and $54 million left on his contract, averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and shot 43.3 percent from the field last season. The 10-time NBA All-Star closes out his tenure in New York, which spanned seven seasons.
The Knicks open up their regular-season slate in Oklahoma City on Oct. 19.
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Stop the presses -- Carmelo Anthony has finally been traded. Extending his list of teams to get traded to just worked wonders for the Knicks. They get a solid starting center in Enes Kanter, they got a nice backup SG/SF in Doug McDermott and they also get a second-round pick. Overall, this is as good of a return as the Knicks can get. The Knicks are now building the right way and not necessarily tanking.
For the Thunder, they now form a pretty formidable big three in Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Melo. They will be quite the team to play with in NBA 2K. Offensively, it's going to be intriguing to see how these three will work. All of them love to shoot 30 times a game, so they are going to have to sacrifice some shots to make it all work. They won't beat the Warriors or Rockets, but this should make the Thunder a top-five team in the West.
The Knicks may not be a playoff team now, but they aren't going to be terrible. Jeff Hornacek is going to think about his starting five: he could go Ntilikina-Hardaway-McDermott-Porzingis-Kanter or start Beasley at SF.
We can debate forever if trading for Melo was the right decision by the Knicks. Either way, he took this team to the Eastern Conference semifinals and had some memorable moments in New York in his time here. He'll be missed by the fans, but it's been time to move on and it's a great deal for the Knicks.