The NBA offseason came to a close with a bang this weekend as Carmelo Anthony became the latest big name to be dealt. Shams Charamia of the Vertical was first to report that the All-Star forward had agreed to waive his no-trade clause and trade kicker to facilitate a deal from New York to Oklahoma City. The Knicks will receive Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick (via Chicago) in exchange for the 33-year-old small forward.
The move puts an exclamation point on a phenomenal offseason by Thunder general manager Sam Presti. The Massachusetts native took advantage of an underwhelming trade market for stars not named Kyrie Irving (as well as some questionable talent assessment by opposing management) to land Paul George and Anthony for the low price of Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Kanter, McDermott and a second-round pick
It remains to be seen whether Anthony or George will stick around in Oklahoma City beyond this season. Anthony has a player option for 2018-19, while George will become a free agent (along with star guard Russell Westbrook). However, given the low cost to bring both players to the Thunder for the time being, these were both no-brainers for Presti.
It’s actually kind of amazing what Presti has done when you step back and try to assess whether the Thunder gave up any real value for these All-Stars.