Carmelo Anthony creates new big 3 in OKC — Syracuse Orange

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The Thunder put on a master-class in super-team building in just 3 months that will give them a chance to compete for a title

OKC acquired Melo from the New York Knicks on Saturday in exchange for center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round draft pick. The trio are anxious to get on the court and aren't concerned as they believe the final result will be success. The 10-time all-star spent his first eight seasons in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets, which he helped lead to the playoffs during his entire stint.

Anthony said Monday a desire to play alongside Westbrook was behind his move. Am I allowed to say that? We've seen a number of stars change squads, we've seen some blockbuster trades and much more that is sure to change things for the season to come.

"This feels like a championship team", George said.

Westbrook generated * a href="http://stats.nba.com/players/ball-handler/#!?CF=TeamNameAbbreviation*E*OKC&sort=PPP&dir=1" *0.89 points per possession scoring as a ball-handler in pick-and-rolls and has developed a strong connection with Steven Adams, who averaged * a href="http://stats.nba.com/players/roll-man/?CF=TeamNameAbbreviation*E*OKC&sort=PPP&dir=1" *1.09 points per possession as a roll man.

"Our hearts go out to the folks in Mexico City", Spoelstra said. However, being a business, the Thunder front office had to decide for what's best for their future, and included him in the package for Anthony's services. We know that all big superstars have problems when encountering the same person next to him. "From that, we will leave it there".

Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated gave the Thunder an A grade for the offseason trades.

You will have Paul George and Carmelo Anthony the two similar players, constantly rotating their positions in and outside the 3-point line. Calls Anthony a bruiser and difficult to guard. It's possible the reigning NBA MVP wants to see how the 2017-18 season plays out before committing to the Thunder long term. You put us three together, who all have something to prove still, [and] we're going to be a special team.

Kanter gave an emotional farewell to Oklahoma and his fans on social media.

Now, Wade is considering coming to the Thunder amongst other teams, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. In addition, the implication was (in my opinion) that both he and Melo dealt with similar restrictions with their teams.

But, George noted, "That's between Sam (Presti) and D-Wade". Oklahoma City has a lot of talent on paper, but there's a lot of question marks. Translation: they win one game in a series that has the Warriors winning easily in five games.

Another way to keep Anthony involved on offense would be to use him as a screener.

Any combination of James, Westbrook, or George should be enough to form the next great dynasty.

"I love being here".

Across Mexico, at least 324 people died in the quake. I'm back now to get a chance to simmer down and get everything situated.

"That's where things were at that time, " Perry said. "I like where our team is".

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