Carmelo Anthony trade made official Monday 

Posted: September 25, 2017 in #BringYour"A"GameSportsTalk!, #ChicagoSportsAndMore, #NBARumors, basketball, chicago bulls, entertainment, NBA Basketball, NBA NEWS, news, Sports

Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks’ career officially ended Monday.The Knicks and Thunder completed the deal that sent Anthony to Oklahoma City for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.

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The two sides agreed on the trade Saturday.

“This is a deal we feel works for both this franchise and Carmelo,” Knicks president Steve Mills said in a statement. “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. 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.”

Anthony posted a letter to fans on his website,, on Monday morning.

“I came to NYC to B (Be) Born again,” he wrote in the letter entitled “Dear New York.” “The sense of something extraordinary happening left me with a lot of sleepless nights dreaming of possibilities. The one thing I kept telling myself was ‘Make my mark in NYC and I’d be a made man’.”

Anthony waived his no-trade clause and his 15 percent trade kicker in order for the trade to go through. He joins league MVP Russell Westbrook and Paul George, who Oklahoma City acquired over the summer, to make a formidable trio in the loaded Western Conference.

The Thunder hope to challenge the champion Warriors, while the Knicks are set to begin their rebuild and youth movement with this trade.

Knicks officials have been saying they’re building around Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez, Tim Hardaway Jr. – who they signed to a four-year, $71 million contract this summer – first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker. They’re all 25 or younger.

Anthony and the Knicks felt an urgency to end their relationship by Monday so they could begin the new season without drama and distraction. The Knicks host Media Day on Monday with training camp opening Tuesday.

Ironically, the Knicks open the regular season at Oklahoma City on Oct. 19. Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, will make his Madison Square Garden return Dec. 16.

The 33-year-old Anthony initially had listed Houston as his preferred destination so he could play with good friend Chris Paul. But when the Knicks couldn’t reach an accord with Houston, they asked Anthony to expand his list. He did recently to include Oklahoma City and Cleveland.

Talks with the Rockets stalled because the Knicks wouldn’t take back Ryan Anderson and the three years and $60 million he had to remain on his contract. They also couldn’t find a third team willing to absorb his contract.

The Knicks’ return for their best player wasn’t great. But they added a big man who can score and a potentially high second-round pick since it belongs to Chicago. The Knicks also didn’t take back much salary that would handcuff them going forward.

Kanter has averaged 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in six NBA seasons with the Jazz and Thunder. He has two years and $36.6 million remaining on his contract. The second year is a $18.6 million player option.

McDermott, who is in the final year of his rookie deal, has averaged 8.0 points in three seasons for the Bulls and Thunder while shooting 39.4 percent from three-point range.

“We acquired two 25-year-old players in this deal that we can develop while sticking with our overall strategy of emphasizing youth and athleticism,” Knicks general manager Scott Perry said in a statement. “With this trade, we have added scoring and aggressiveness to our frontcourt and bolstered the team’s perimeter shooting. We are glad to have finalized a trade that made sense for all of us.”

Anthony, the Knicks’ biggest star since Patrick Ewing, played 412 games over parts of seven seasons with the Knicks. Anthony averaged 24.7 points and established a franchise and Madison Square Garden scoring record when he poured in 62 points Jan. 23, 2014 against Charlotte.

But despite Anthony’s superiors offensive talents, his time as a Knick was mostly filled with disappointment, frustration, and unfulfilled expectations.

The Knicks reached the playoffs in his first three seasons, but they won only one series. They failed to make the postseason the last four years.

Anthony was acquired by the Knicks in February 2011 in a massive three-team trade that also included Minnesota and featured 13 players, four draft picks and cash.

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