Report: Thunder among Carmelo Anthony’s approved trade destinations

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Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause, giving him control over his potential destinations if the Knicks trade him. [PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN] Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause, giving him control over his potential destinations if the Knicks trade him. [PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN]

The Thunder is among the teams to which Carmelo Anthony would accept a trade, according to an ESPN report Friday night.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that the Knicks star – who has a no-trade clause and can veto a trade to any team – had presented to New York an expanded list of teams for which he’d be willing to waive that clause.

Anthony had been focused on a trade to Houston, Wojnarowski reported, but the Knicks “insisted they were unable to make a deal” with the Rockets. So Anthony delivered an expanded list of possible destinations that ESPN’s Ian Begley reported includes Oklahoma City.

That list also includes the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Wojnarowski’s original report, which indicated there were “at least” two new teams presented to the Knicks in the past 10 days.

This isn’t the first report linking the Thunder to Anthony. In July, the Ringer’s Bill Simmons reported that OKC and Anthony were “officially circling each other.”

But Anthony’s reported willingness to accept a trade to Oklahoma City doesn’t mean there’s one in the works.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti is notoriously secretive about personnel moves, and it’s unclear if OKC is interested in Anthony – or what the Thunder would be willing to trade to acquire him.

A natural small forward, Anthony also can excel at power forward, and as a high-level scorer – he’s a 10-time All-Star who’s averaged 24.8 points per game in his career – he’d form a potent offensive trio with Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

But Anthony will make $26.2 million this season and has a player option for 2018-19 at $27.9 million. That could be a consideration for a Thunder team already projected to have the third-highest payroll in the NBA this season.

ESPN reported that New York general manager Steve Perry is seeking “a wing scorer to replace Anthony’s production, short-term contracts and draft assets.”

Oklahoma City doesn’t have an expendable player with anything near Anthony’s scoring ability on the wing. It does have Enes Kanter’s contract as a potential chip. The center has an option for 2018-19 and would be owed $36.5 million over the next two seasons if he exercises it. 

Three players on the OKC roster are untouchable for now. The Thunder can’t trade the two players it acquired in free agency this summer, forward Patrick Patterson and guard Raymond Felton, until Dec. 15. And guard Andre Roberson, who re-signed with the team this summer, isn’t eligible for a trade until Jan. 15.

Teams with untradeable free agents always could revisit the Anthony trade later in the season if he remains in New York. And on Friday, before the ESPN report broke, that was the outcome Perry suggested was the most likely.

 “Look, Carmelo’s going to be back here,” Perry told reporters in New York. “Carmelo has always been a professional. That’s one thing I’ve always respected about him. I think he can set a good example for the young players. He’s been a 10-time All-Star. If he’s back here with the New York Knicks, we expect him to be the professional he’s always exemplified throughout his career and move forward with him.”

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