Carmelo Anthony Trade: Thunder have emerged as unlikely destination

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Bill Simmons, formerly of ESPN and current CEO of The Ringer, tweeted out on Monday that he had a "scoop" on the Carmelo Anthony trade sweepstakes.

Troy Weaver, Oklahoma City's assistant general manager, played a huge role in recruiting Anthony to Syracuse. They might prefer a deal with a team like the Portland Trail Blazers, but it doesn't look like Anthony would accept a trade to the Pacific Northwest. There have also been less firm reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers could be another possible destination.

But an Anthony move to the Thunder, his relationship with Weaver apart, appears to have much less of a foundation. Enes Kanter is an expensive big man the Knicks likely wouldn't want as a key piece of a trade package. It still appears to be a certainty that Anthony will be on a new team previous year - the Knicks sent a huge offer sheet to Tim Hardaway Jr. that all but ensures he is gone - but the destination now seems very unclear.




Whether it works or not, one thing is clear: Carmelo Anthony is willing to do anything to leave the Knicks.

Anthony meanwhile averaged 22 points in the Knicks' regular season, along with 5.9 rebounds and close to three assists per game. Tarek Fattal of the Los Angeles Daily News reported that the Rockets resumed talks, and that a deal could be completed by early this week. However, everyone would still be looking up at the Golden State Warriors. This is the primary reason the Rockets and Knicks haven't come to terms on a Carmelo Anthony trade. If Westbrook decides to bypass signing a supermax extension before the start of the season, he, George and Anthony will all be free agents in the summer of 2018.

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