Enes Kanter says Oklahomans, Thunder provided him with a home

Meanwhile, Anthony is already planning to arrive that afternoon in Oklahoma City to take a physical and be available for practice at the opening of the Thunder's training camp.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Knicks have sent Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round draft pick. The deal became possible when Anthony, a seven-time All-NBA selection, agreed to waive his no-trade clause, a move he had previous only offered if he would be sent to Houston to join James Harden and Chris Paul.

Rumors of Anthony ending up in Rip City were reignited on Thursday when Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports tweeted, "Carmelo Anthony's people are trying a Hail Mary attempt to get him to Houston (Knicks won't do it). before he accepts a deal to Portland". And Kanter, though a weird and possibly fatally ill-suited front-court mate for Kristaps Porzingis, qualifies as a short-term contract, especially if he opts out of the final, $19 million season in 2018.

Carmelo Anthony plays in the National Basketball Association since 2003. He wouldn't have that in NY, where the Knicks are emphasizing youth and have little proven talent with which to surround Anthony.

For the Rockets, they were willing to part with Ryan Anderson and his $20M per year contract.

Portland?has remained interested in Anthony, as guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum?are working to recruit Anthony to waive his no-trade for the Trail Blazers, league sources said. But a deal was hard because the 33-year-old forward has two years and about $54 million left on his contract, along with the ability to decline any trade.

Woj reported that the Rockets are still the preferred destinations with the other teams coming into play in case a deal can't be finalized there. He wouldn't have that in NY, where the Knicks are emphasizing youth and have little proven talent with which to surround him.

Knicks officials addressed Anthony's situation at a Friday morning press conference at the team's practice facility.

Kanter is one of the more productive offensive big men in the league, averaging 14 points in 21 minutes off the bench last season to go along with seven rebounds. Last season in NY, he averaged 22.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting and just under 36 percent from beyond the arc.

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