Well, this is interesting. Carmelo Anthony has officially been traded…
ESPN sources confirm that the New York Knicks have agreed to trade 10-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Which means Melo’s wish to leave New York has officially been granted.
So what does this mean?
The 33-year-old baller will waive his no-trade clause, which he previously said he was willing to do for only OKC, Houston and the Cavs, and his $8.1M trade kicker.
It also means Melo will create a Big 3 with Russell Westbrook and Paul George. The western conference just got more interesting.
Both Paul and Russell played a huge part in recruiting Melo to come over, likely because they have a new rivalry to settle with Golden State. Adding Melo to the team is one major move they’re making to reshape their team, and all the money they spent to do so is another. ESPN confirms:
The Thunder made a huge commitment with the Anthony deal, incurring $27.8 million in luxury tax for the 2017-18 season. The Thunder payroll will rise to $134 million this season. Anthony has two years, $54 million left on his contract, including a player option for $27.9 million in 2018-19.
Earlier this month, Melo balled out with Russell, Chris Paul, Iman Shumpert, James Harden and more in New York at the Lifestyle Fitness court at SKY that he designed himself:
Another Day At The Office!!!
M7 Black Ops#STAYME7O pic.twitter.com/oKegElbOjr
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) September 11, 2017
Carmelo’s expected to attend Thunder training camp on Tuesday.
As for his estranged wife La La Anthony, she already said she’s staying in NYC.
Paul George took no time in expressing his excitement: