The Knicks will say goodbye to the Melo era as Anthony joins Westbrook, George in OKC.
The New York Knicks have agreed to a trade that will send Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
In the deal, OKC sends Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a second-round pick while New York sends Anthony.
Carmelo had been the longest tenured Knick, and he arrived February 2011 in a trade from Denver. Since then, Anthony has led the team in scoring and helped the team reach the second round of the playoffs in 2013. Although a tandem with 2010 free agent signing Amar’e Stoudemire never came to the lofty expectations, ‘Melo stayed on with the team through terrible seasons, such as the 17-win 2014–15 season. Since then, the Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis and hoped the Latvian big man would perform well next to the high volume scorer in Anthony. Frustrations with the team boiled towards the end of the 2016–17 when then-Knicks president Phil Jackson publicly called out Anthony as a player the organization would likely need to part ways with in order to properly rebuild.
In his career with New York, ‘Melo won the NBA scoring title in 2012–13, was selected to six All-Star games, and reached the All-NBA second team in 2013. Additionally, Carmelo was a fixture in the New York City community and a fan favorite. Anthony won two more Summer Olympic gold medals in a huge role for Team USA in Beijing in 2012 and Rio in 2016. Anthony’s three gold medals in men’s basketball marks an individual record for the international sport.
Anthony averaged 24.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 36.9 percent from three, and 83 percent from the free-throw line in his seven years as a Knick (via Basketball-Reference).
‘Melo will leave behind a polarizing legacy in New York. For fans, he wanted to play in New York and lead a championship-contending team, however, the organization failed to put pieces around Anthony to really succeed. On the other hand, the ceiling of Carmelo’s career could always come into question and many will ask if Anthony could ever be the no. 1 option on a legit contender. Those skeptics will exist even longer as he joins a non-Derrick Rose involved super team–consisting of fellow stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
Carmelo appeared to play his heart out and truly wanted to win in New York, despite the shortcomings of the Knicks organization. He will finish seventh all-time on the Knicks’ scoring list with 10,186 points, third overall in points per game with 24.7, and third in Player Efficiency Rating with 21.8 (via Basketball-Reference). Thank you, Melo, for your work on and off the court for the city and we wish you luck in your next endeavor.
— Reid Goldsmith, managing editor