OT: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo to OKC

Submitted by Hotel Putingrad on September 23rd, 2017 at 1:35 PM
Melo for Kanter, McDermott, and a 2nd in 2018. Western Conference playoffs should be awesome next year. From USA TODAY Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder https://usat.ly/2yksiuR

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bronxblue

September 23rd, 2017 at 2:52 PM ^

I think it made more sense when air travel was harder and it wasn't reasonable to play everyone all that often.  But yeah, it's weird that half of the playoff teams come from geography.

A good compromise is the 6 teams that win a division are given an automatic bid and then the next 10 are from the best of the rest.  

buddha

September 23rd, 2017 at 1:43 PM ^

Pretty mutually beneficial trade for both teams. As you said, the West is gonna be fun to watch next year! And when Bron jets to LA for the 2018-2019 season, who will the East even have? 

LBSS

September 23rd, 2017 at 1:47 PM ^

Melo and Westbrook. Two ball-dominating superstars with wildly different styles of play. United at last in a match made in basketball heaven. 

cletus318

September 23rd, 2017 at 1:56 PM ^

Melo co-existed on a team with Allen Iverson and JR Smith at his shot-chuckiest (a term I may or may not have just made up) peak. Melo will always get his shots, but he's a lot less ball-dominant when he has good teammates (such as his Olympics experience). He'll be fine here.

cletus318

September 23rd, 2017 at 1:50 PM ^

Interesting move, and OKC isn't giving up a ton. Still, they almost certainly will only have George for one year, and Westbrook hasn't taken his supermax extension yet. It makes a ton of sense to go all-in for this season.

denardogasm

September 23rd, 2017 at 1:52 PM ^

If the goal in the NBA is to win championships, which it should be, then Melo is the most overrated player of his era. The concept of team play is completely foreign to him. A lot like AI but with less skill.

panthera leo fututio

September 23rd, 2017 at 2:42 PM ^

You put Melo on a trash Knicks team, and you'll seem him dominate the ball and loaf on defense. Put him on a team like the '12 Olympic squad, and he can look legitimately elite. He's not getting any younger, and there's definitely a chance that this Thunder team never meshes and we see Bad Melo. But it's definitely not out of the question that Melo makes this team way better.

SugarShane

September 23rd, 2017 at 2:05 PM ^

OK?

 

Melo is easily the most overrated player in the past decade.  He's literally made it out of the first round once, and that was almost 10 years ago.  I'll wager that OKC wont even be a top 4 seed still