GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Carmelo Anthony trade is official.
The New York Knicks announced on Monday that they traded Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, to a Oklahoma City Thunder for core Enes Kanter, brazen Doug McDermott and a Chicago Bulls’ 2018 second-round breeze pick.
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“This is a understanding we feel works for both this authorization and Carmelo. We appreciate him for his 7 seasons in a Knicks uniform and all that he achieved off a justice for a City of New York by regulating his height to residence amicable issues,” Knicks boss Steve Mills pronounced in a matter expelled by a team. “We will continue to concentration on this organisation looking brazen towards a evident and long-term future. As we have pronounced recently, this is a new commencement for a New York Knicks.”
The trade ends Anthony’s 6½-season reign in New York. The Knicks had been articulate to teams about an Anthony trade for several months, commencement underneath Phil Jackson’s presidency. The understanding was concluded to on Saturday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, after Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, enclosed a Thunder and a Cleveland Cavaliers on a list of teams to that he’d accept a trade.
“Thank we to All My Fans who upheld me by Thick and Thin,” Anthony wrote in a minute to New York on his website. “And those who continued to support The Knicks regardless of a outcome. Thank You to Jim Dolan and a Knicks classification and all a overworked people that don’t get a credit they deserve. And many importantly, Thank we to a City of New York for permitting me to paint OUR city.”
Both a Knicks and Anthony had hoped to finish a trade before to NBA media day on Monday to equivocate intensity distractions surrounding ongoing trade talks involving Anthony, per sources.
Knicks ubiquitous manager Scott Perry pronounced that Kanter and McDermott fit a form of immature players a bar hopes to acquire. Both Perry and Mills have pronounced that Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, 2017 first-round collect Frank Ntilikina and ensure Ron Baker make adult a immature organisation that government wants to build around. The Knicks have missed a playoffs in any of a past 4 seasons.
“We acquired dual 25-year-old players in this understanding that we can develop, while adhering with a altogether plan of emphasizing girl and athleticism. With this trade, we have combined scoring and aggressiveness to a frontcourt, and bolstered a team’s fringe shooting,” Knicks ubiquitous manager Scott Perry said. “We are blissful to have finalized a trade that done clarity for all of us.”
Anthony finished his Knicks career as a team’s seventh all-time heading scorer with 10,186 points and No. 3 on a franchise’s scoring normal list during 24.7 points per game. He also binds a bar and Madison Square Garden scoring record (62 points on Jan. 14, 2014 contra a Charlotte Bobcats).