Carmelo Anthony is heading out West.
Days before training camp is set to start, ESPN is reporting that the New York Knicks have decided to trade Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. For the 33-year-old All-Star, the Knicks will receive Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round draft pick.
Anthony was willing to waive his no-trade clause to either sign with the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Thunder.
It’s been an acrimonious ending for the Knicks and Anthony. He publicly squabbled with former President Phil Jackson, who told reporters it was best for Anthony to play elsewhere.
Jackson was ousted as the team’s president of basketball of operations this summer but had wanted for the Knicks to focus on younger talent.
“Right now we need players that are really active, can play every single play, defensively and offensively,” Jackson said in April. “That’s really important for us.”
“We just talked about how we could make things the best possible things for both of us,” Jackson said, “(find) a place where he could go to be competitive and to be back in the hunt, and something that would benefit us moving forward as a young, developing team.”
Jackson reiterated the same sentiments that Anthony should play for a contender one month later.
“We’d like him to have success,” Jackson said during at the NBA draft combine [via ESPN]. “The opportunity is narrowing. We’d just like him to have success somewhere. We’re not going to be there. Hopefully, we’ll be maybe a playoff team next year. It would be tough to consider us a possible champion.”
Russell Westbrook — who was last year’s Most Valuable Player — and the Thunder finished above 500 and was eliminated in the first round of last year’s playoffs. The team also picked up forward Paul George this offseason.