On a day that saw Oklahoma City deal for 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, another Thunder transaction was reportedly taking place. This one addresses OKC’s backcourt, which appears on the verge of adding former lottery pick Trey Burke according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
The centerpiece of the trade for the Oklahoma City Thunder to land Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks was big man Enes Kanter.
New York already has Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez as viable options in the frontcourt for the Knicks. Both are young options who will become a big part of the team identity moving forward. They also have significant depth with Joakim Noah and Kyle O’Quinn.
The Knicks now have Kristaps Porzingis, Enes Kanter, Willy Hernangomez, Kyle O’Quinn and Joakim Noah. They all need to play center.
— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) September 23, 2017
This, of course, will make fans and media wonder how long Kanter will stay with the Knicks. Hernangomez is younger and has a much cheaper contract.
It’s unclear what his trade value is after he was moved from the Thunder, though the front office could potentially pull a late-first round pick or early-second round pick in a
Oklahoma City Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver was an assistant coach during the season Carmelo Anthony played for Syracuse.
Can’t be overstated that OKC VP & Asst. GM Troy Weaver helped lure Carmelo Anthony to Syracuse back in the day. It all makes sense
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) September 23, 2017
Erik Horne wrote about the connection earlier this offseason (via The Oklahoman):
“Their relationship dates back even farther, as Weaver, a Washington, D.C. native, has known Anthony since he was a teenager growing up in Baltimore. Weaver was the one who convinced Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim to pursue Anthony. Boeheim usually doesn’t go out to games, but Weaver convinced him he had to go watch Anthony as a high school junior.”
Weaver, who emerged as a candidate to become GM of the
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STAYING: Darrell Arthur, Will Barton, Malik Beasley, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, Gary Harris, Juan Hernangomez, Nikola Jokic, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jamal Murray, Jameer Nelson and Mason Plumlee.
ADDED: Josh Childress (SAN-EN NeoPhoenix), Torrey Craig (Gold Coast Rollers), Trey Lyles (Utah), Tyler Lydon (Syracuse), Paul Millsap (Atlanta) and Monte Morris (Iowa State)
GONE: Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers), Roy Hibbert and Mike Miller.
STRENGTHS: Elite offense … They have a plethora of players who can score and pass the ball well … With quite a young squad, they were No. 4 in offensive rating last season … It should only get better this year … Nikola Jokic is a superstar in the making … Either creating for himself or others, he’s a great source of offense … Overall, the frontcourt is quite impressive … With bigs like Jokic, Mason Plumlee and Paul Millsap, ball movement should not be an issue … Same goes for rebounding … They have
After trading for Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, the Oklahoma City Thunder front office will be celebrated for an incredible offseason.
Enes Kanter, who has one year left on his contract before he can choose to opt-in for another year in New York, was one of the most valuable players the team flipped this summer to land Anthony and George. However, Kanter was very replaceable considering the team also has Steven Adams.
Sean Highkin notes that the team turned Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick for the two potential Western Conference All-Stars.
Sam Presti gave up Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-rounder for Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) September 23, 2017
Breaking this down even further, the Thunder received Oladipo and Sabonis for Serge Ibaka in June 2016. They landed Kanter for Reggie Jackson in February 2015.
Doug McDermott and the
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
NEW YORK (AP) AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City Thunder in multi-player deal.