Carmelo Anthony Bids Adieu to MSG


Three the Hard Way

Carmelo Anthony has finally been traded. In a surprising move, Melo is taking his talents to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Knicks will receive Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a future second-round draft pick from the Thunder.

Paul George reacted to the trade news on Twitter this morning.

Taking his Honey-Nut Cheerios to Go

If NBA pundits are to be believed (and why wouldn’t we…they are always right) All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony will play for his third team by the start of the 2017-18 NBA regular season. Anthony’s final destination is rumored to be the Houston Rockets.

Before he retires, Melo wants to compete for a championship and team up with some of his buddies. Rockets Chris Paul and James Harden are two of Melo’s good friends. Based on media reports, the Rockets have re-engaged in talks with the Knicks about the trade. But, the Portland Trailblazers should be on Melo’s wish list, if you listen to CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard.

Blame it on the Zen Master

Phil Jackson was orchestrating moves to get rid of Anthony last season. Reports leaked that the Zen Master in between naps was actively trying to trade the forward. The thought being, Melo didn’t fit the triangle. So, it wasn’t a surprise during April’s exit interviews, Jackson told the media, “he is a player that would be better off somewhere else.” That’s cold.
Too bad Jackson won’t be able to decide where Melo goes. He was fired by owner James Dolan in June. Plus, when Melo re-signed with the Knicks as a free agent, he was given a “no-trade” clause. Suck on that Phil.

Carmelo’s Best Knicks Highlight

Melo’s not perfect, but he will be missed. At this point in his career, he’s not a top five player. I doubt if he ever was. He’s not mobile enough to guard top wings, he’s not strong enough to play down low and while he is a legit scoring threat, he is strictly a 1-1 player. But when he was hot, he brought thrills to the Knicks faithful. Like the night he scored 62 at MSG or some of his clutch shots.

Our Best Guess

Melo’s next team is still a mystery. The Knicks are desperately trying to get equal value in a trade, even trying to convince a third team to get involved. (Can you say, Ryan Anderson?) But to date, there’s been no movement. Gun to our head, we expect Carmelo to start the season with the Knicks and be moved before the trading deadline.