With Anthony possessing a full no-trade clause, he is in full control of where he goes. "That, however, is an illusion". But most of that action has shifted even more power to the Western Conference. Jackson is gone. While Anthony kept a lid on Porzingis' blossoming in his first two years, it was hardly Anthony's fault. And the Thunder came out on top.
This isn't a knock on Steve Mills or Scott Perry.
He wanted out of New York, and with tensions at their peak, the team couldn't afford to keep him before training camp began. Hornacek has denied reports of friction between the two.
In Kanter, the Knicks get much needed big-man scoring help along with a contract that would further the team's plans. It certainly doesn't make the Knicks better.
The Thunder are now primed to contend with the Warriors for an NBA Championship. It turns out that Paul George and Russel Westbrook played an important role in obtaining Carmelo to waive his no-trade clause for the Thunder. Porzingis skipped his exit meeting before returning to Latvia, where he spent the summer playing with his national team. Will Carmelo Anthony be in a New York Knicks uniform once the offseason officially ends?
The deal will take the Thunder's payroll to a little more than $131 million in guaranteed salaries, which does not include the $1.5 million they will likely pay forward Jerami Grant and the $1.3 million they could pay point guard Semaj Christon.
Doug Collins made it clear, that his return to the Bulls organization won't result in a return to the sidelines as head coach, meaning Fred Hoiberg has nothing to worry about in the way of looking over his shoulder.
On Friday, not surprisingly, the message from the Knicks' hierarchy was that all was fine on the Porzingis front.
Messi, ternado como mejor jugador por la FIFA
La elección se realiza con votos de técnicos de selecciones, capitanes de representativos nacionales, periodistas e hinchas. Lionel Messi volvió a ser elegido entre los candidatos para el premio The Best , el galardón entregado por la FIFA .
Who do you think won this trade? George is a free agent next summer and Anthony has a player option for this summer as well.
The Thunder are making a major commitment with the deal, incurring $27 million in luxury tax for the 2017-18 season.
Carmelo Anthony, left, and Trevor Ariza at the Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, November 24, 2014.
For example, OKC was scouting Anthony as far back as January.
Once Melo agreed to be dealt, the Knicks got cold feet and were reluctant to make a move.
That didn't mean a deal was done.
But the if was already on the way to being eliminated. "That's one thing I've always respected about him", Perry added. None bigger than the season opener at home against the Knicks. When George, he of the throw-his-teammates-under-the-bus-in-the-playoffs schtick, likes to ask for the last shot but has never hit a buzzer beater - and now says he wants to supplant his, err, new teammate as the next MVP?