Carmelo Anthony - Thunder a possibility


According to The Ringer's Bill Simmons, the Oklahoma City Thunder could be interested in the nine-time All-Star.

Recently, Anthony declared that he will only waive his no-trade clause for the Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Simmons claims that the relationship between Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Anthony could help get a deal done.

Anthony's current deal contains a trade kicker, meaning any team that acquires him will need to pay 15 per cent on top of the remaining $54 he is owed over the next two years. The Thunder could offer big man Enes Kanter to the Knicks, but his salary could be a deterrent to a possible deal. The Portland Trail Blazers also expressed interest in Anthony, but he will not waive his no-trade clause for them. Kanter makes $17.8 million a way while Anthony is scheduled to earn $26.2 million this season.

There's room for a trade to work. They have intensified in recent weeks with the departure of Phil Jackson as team president of the Knicks. The Thunder would have to unload either Steven Adams or Enes Kanter to make a deal work, but a third team would probably have to be involved because NY would want picks or younger prospects on rookie-scale contracts.

Oklahoma City is still trying to convince Westbrook to sign the five-year supermax this offseason. However, everyone would still be looking up at the Golden State Warriors. So, Anthony is in a similar situation to Westbrook and the newly-acquired Paul George.

Trading for Anthony and failing to have any postseason success, however, could leave the Thunder deplete of talent in 2018.