Carmelo Anthony’s rocky tenure with the New York Knicks is now over.
The Knicks have agreed to trade Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal is expected to be officially announced on Monday.
The Knicks will receive Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a second-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Anthony will join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and recently acquired Paul George.
Anthony had a no-trade clause and according to Wojnarowski, Westbrook and George played an “immense part” in convincing Melo to waive the clause for the Thunder.
Russell Westbrook and Paul George played an immense part in getting Anthony to waive no-trade for OKC, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2017
Reports during the offseason had said for several months that Anthony would only be willing to waive that provision for a trade to the Houston Rockets. However, it had become clear in recent weeks that the two sides were unlikely to agree to a deal with the Knicks unwilling to accept Ryan Anderson in a deal as he is owed $60 million over the next three seasons.
Anthony will also waive his “trade kicker” as part of agreeing to the trade. Anthony’s contract had a provision that he would be paid an additional $8.1 million if traded. If he would have demanded that the kicker be honored, it would have increased his 2017-18 salary and would have further complicated the trade in terms of the salary cap and would have also increased the Thunder’s luxury tax, which will already nearly double to $27.8 million because of Anthony’s added salary.
With training camps set to open this week, pressure had been growing on the Knicks to find a deal and for Anthony to increase the number of teams he was willing to be dealt to. Without a trade, the two sides would have faced an awkward reunion prior to the start of the season.
The Knicks will open the regular season in Oklahoma City against the Thunder on October 19.