Just when this NBA offseason seemed like it couldn’t have gotten any crazier, we get the biggest blockbuster trade in recent memory.
This morning, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.
This marks the end of a seven year period where Anthony suited up for the New York Knicks. While his time has come to a close in the big apple, a new era begins in Oklahoma City.
Paul George was recently acquired by the Thunder in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
This pairs Melo up with MVP Russell Westbrook along with George, who many think is emerging as one of the top guards in the league following a knee injury which sidelined him for an extended period of time.
This big three has the highest number of all-star appearances among any big three in the league with 20 total. The next highest number is 19, with LeBron James Kevin Love and Isaiah Thomas of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This further separates the disparity between the Eastern and Western Conference. The latter having far more talent.
The Western Conference has Golden State, San Antonio, Houston and now Oklahoma City.
The Eastern Conference has Cleveland and Boston, that’s it.
Not only is the Western Conference a more well-rounded conference, they have far more talent and star power than the Eastern Conference.
Regardless, this move by the Thunder may have pushed them above the Houston Rockets as the favorites to take down the Warriors in the West.