The Oklahoma City Thunder are making big moves this offseason in an attempt to make themselves legitimate NBA Championship contenders. After this most recent move, paired with the trade for Paul George earlier this offseason, it’s safe to say that they’ve accomplished that.
As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, the Thunder have struck a deal with the New York Knicks to bring Carmelo Anthony to town.
The deal is a huge one, as it now gives the Thunder one of the most powerful offensive units in the NBA, with Russell Westbrook, George and now Anthony. Over the span of these two trades, they’ve traded Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis for Anthony and George, which is pretty amazing.
Let’s take a look at the Thunder’s updated roster and starting lineup after the trade.
Thunder Roster After Trade for Anthony
C- Steven Adams, Dakari Johnson
PF- Patrick Patterson, Josh Huestis, Nick Collison
SF- Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Singler, Jerami Grant
SG- Andre Roberson, Alex Abrines, Terrance Ferguson, Daniel Hamilton
PG- Russell Westbrook, Raymond Felton, Semaj Christon
As if the trade of Anthony to the Thunder wasn’t interesting enough, ESPN’s Ian Begley points out that the Knicks season opener is in Oklahoma City as well.
The Knicks getting Kanter in the trade is unquestionably the most valuable piece. He’s young and could potentially carve out a big role in New York. On the flip side, if the team opts to move him, they could also do so and add some additional players to the mix as well.
There’s no question that New York is in a rebuild right now, but they certainly seemed focused on making a move to send Anthony out of town, and the return with Kanter isn’t bad. Even still, you have to wonder what their other trade offers may have looked like.