Steven Adams delights again during hilarious Oklahoma City Thunder media day

Anthony heading to Thunder after Knicks deal

Carmelo Anthony has always been thought of as a small forward.

Adrian Wojnarowski expects Thunder to make an "aggressive bid" for Wade and it might just be enough to convince him to play in the Western Conference for the first time in his career.

"Believe it or not, Oklahoma City was a team that me and my team talked about", Anthony said. Anthony did not want to be a member of the Knicks anymore, but had previously only considered waiving his no-trade clause for a move to the Houston Rockets.

Rose said Anthony, who was traded to Oklahoma City on Saturday, was thrilled with the outcome after weeks of uncertainty about his future.

Said George: "I think we definitely felt great about what we had previous to Carmelo being traded". And while Melo is by no means a good defender, he is a much better defender than Enes Kanter, who was sent to NY in the Melo deal. Players will have to learn each other's tendencies, said Thunder center Steven Adams. "Everyone in Oklahoma City will have an opportunity to meet him and get to know him, bit from afar, he's a rather dignified guy". The Thunder's evolution in this era of positionless basketball has theoretically taken a big step forward from last season.

"I just want to touch on, man, on my situation". "Come on, (Dwyane). You know where you belong at". However, these trades and a bolstered roster have shown Westbrook that the Thunder are serious about winning right now.

Anthony's skill set is closer to James' than any player the Thunder has had at power forward. But what will be worth watching is how teams with coaches in danger define what a successful season looks like. Westbrook became the first player to average a triple-double in a season since Oscar Robertson did it in the 1961-62 season. "One for him, and one for his teammate". The Lakers, because Paul George is going to play with two ISO guys who don't like to play defense, and are statistically two of the worst defensive guys in the league. "It's going to take a little time for us to jell ... but at the end of the day it's basketball".

While Melo's time in NY can be characterized as a disappointment from a team perspective, there was no denying that he was the face of the franchise and the unquestioned leader of the club during his time there.

But with him back in Oklahoma City after a busy summer and training camp opening, he said he'll turn his attention to that matter.

His new team is obviously nowhere near the national team in terms of talent, but playing with two All-Stars could have a similar effect on his game. "And most importantly, Thank you to the City of NY for allowing me to represent OUR city".

George can opt out of his contract next summer, while Anthony has an early termination option on his contract after this season as well. He drained shot after shot, crashed the glass, shared the sugar to stuff the stat sheet and finished with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in stylish fashion.