New York Knicks Finally Trade Carmelo Anthony
The divorce is now final. The New York Knicks have finally agreed to trade their star forward Carmelo Anthony. However, it was to a team that no one thought about until today, the Oklahoma City Thunder. In exchange for Anthony, the Knicks will receive forwards Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick in 2018.
The deal is expected to be completed Monday. Anthony is expected to waive his no-trade clause, as well as his $8.1 million trade kicker, in order to make this deal work. The removal of the trade kicker was a major key, as it could have put the deal in jeopardy. The no-trade clause, however, will carry into his contract with the Thunder, which has two years and $54 million remaining.
All summer long, the talk was always how Carmelo insisted on going to the Houston Rockets. With the clock was ticking very fast prior to the start of training camp, however, Anthony knew a move had to be made. It forced the 10-time All-Star to open up all his options, and to look for other teams where he can be a great fit. By doing so, it opened the door for teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Portland Trail Blazers, and and others, but it was Oklahoma City that came calling to the front of the line. The All-Star duo of Russell Westbrook and Paul George played a major hand in the recruitment of Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder. It was their talk that helped Anthony make the move to drop the no-trade clause and trade kicker.
The bill for Oklahoma City and the Knicks will be huge. The Thunder will now incur an additional $12.4 million in luxury tax after the deal is completed on Monday, with a whopping tax bill of $27.8 million. Kanter, has a 15 percent trade bonus of $2.68 million with a cap hit of $20.56 million along with a player-option of $18.6 million for 2018-19. McDermott is in the last year of his rookie deal with a cap hit of $3.3 million, which gives the Knicks a few days to be able to extend his contract before the Oct. 16 deadline.
With more than 20 players on the roster, New York is now expected to waive one of their non-guaranteed signings to make room for their incoming ones (looking like it will be Chasson Randle at the moment). Anthony is expected to be in Oklahoma City to join the team for the start of training camp.