Thunder join chase for Knicks' Carmelo Anthony

The newly born Anthony-to-Oklahoma City rumor centers around Troy Weaver, the Thunder assistant general manager who helped recruit and coach Anthony at Syracuse University in 2002-03.

Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook, pictured at PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown on December 3, 2012 in New York City, could become teammates if the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder agree on a trade.

Anthony has been strongly linked with the Houston Rockets recently, with some reports suggesting he had his heart set on a move to Texas. They have to clear salary cap space if they want to have room for Anthony, and the Knicks are not interested in taking on a bunch of money.

Anthony has one more guaranteed year left on his contract worth $26.2 million, not including an early termination option for 2018-19 ($27.9 million).

In order for a trade to work, the Knicks would probably have to take back Enes Kanter.

During the 2016-17 season, Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star, averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Of course, a third team could get involved, potentially sweetening the pot for NY.

Houston might have a problem with Carmelo Anthony: namely, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Anthony and Oklahoma City can "circle" each other all they want, but the Thunder have to take an extra hard step in this deal: Selling Anthony on their team (and playing in Oklahoma City) before they can even work on selling NY on a potential trade package. Anthony, Westbrook and George can all become free agents next summer.

  • Stacy Allen