Melo Packs His Bags
It has finally happened, Carmelo has waived his no trade clause to be traded to Oklahoma City. The New York Knicks have lost a great player, who is on the back end of his career. Getting traded to the Thunder, is great for Carmelo. He is the last piece to a new “big three” in the NBA. OKC now has the reigning MVP in Russel Westbrook, an all-around superstar in Paul George and a scoring machine in Carmelo Anthony, which is perfect for the way teams need to compete right now.
In return the Knicks get Enes Canter (Center), Doug McDermott (Forward) and the Chicago Bulls’ 2018 second-round draft pick. If you are a Knicks fan you should be disappointed. Not to put down Kanter and McDermott, it is sad when your team trades a 10-time NBA all-star for two guys that are not close to the same caliber as Melo. Consensus within the NBA, was that it was time for Melo to leave the Knicks, but a first-round draft pick, or some more value of current players would have made this trade a little bit more palatable. The Knicks have been below average the past couple of years, and with the current cast, it will not be getting better. The Knicks fans can put their hope in Kristaps Porzingis. If Kristaps worked on his game this off season and became an even more dominant player, the Knicks could have a bright future. But, Kristaps has to prove that he is not just a very good complimentary player, he needs to show that he can be “The Guy” on a winning team. If he is able to prove that, the Knicks might have a Dirk Nowitzki 2.0 on their hands.
OKC is now a top three team in the west. It is awesome to see that after Durant jumped ship, it took just one year to hop right back up to the top of the western conference. It would be Adam Silver’s dream come true if the Oklahoma City Thunder played the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals; and now, after this trade, that matchup has a an increased probability of happening.