The Trade that finally happened

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Finally, after a whole period of back and forth between the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony and several teams who were willing to trade for him, he wound up with a destination that I didn’t even consider: Oklahoma City Thunder! What?! Sam Presti pulled it off again, while only giving up Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second round pick for a guy who scores 25 points a game. And they received the final piece for a great starting 5 consisting of Westbrook, George, Robertson, Carmelo and Adams. Those 5 can compete with every other starting 5 in the NBA. I hear a lot of people say there is only one ball etc etc and they are all ball dominant players, but let’s not forget that everyone on that team has a huge chip on his shoulder.

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Paul George is playing for a big contract year and so is Russel Westbrook, if he chooses not to resign this year for the $207 million OKC is offering. The biggest chip is on Carmelo’s shoulders, being so publicly emaberrased by Phil Jackson in New York. That was the one of the reasons OKC didn’t had to give up much for Carmelo to come to OKC and why he was willing to give up his no trade clasule. So what I want to make clear, is that I think everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to reach the ultimate goal: to be an NBA Champion. I think they will have the biggest chance to knock out the Warriors this year, as they are such a big versatile team and they do have two lockdown defenders in Andre Robertson and Paul George. That together with the rim protection of Steven Adams and the scoring of Carmelo and George, paired with Westbrook being Westbrook… I can’t wait to see them on the court together! If this team stays together (meaning that George isn’t leaving OKC next year and the same goes for Westbrook), this could become one of the most heated rivalries since the Knicks and the Heat in the late 2000’s.

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There was also a big loser when this trade happended: Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets. When Paul signed with Houston he was for 99.9% certain Carmelo was coming to Houston. And now that he has not. He is, in my opnion, again in the 4th best squad in the West. Ranked after the Warriors, OKC and the Spurs.  Sounds familiar? He was in the exact same spot when he played fort he Clippers. But we’ll see.

Yet again the West only got better and never has there been such a big difference in balance between the West and the East. Dwayne Wade just signed with Cleveland for 2.3 million for 1 year. With this being said, the only team that is coming out of the East is Cleveland. No question about that.
But I will bet you all this. With so many super stars becoming  free agents after upcoming season, there will be a lot of player movement to form the next super team, knowing that GSW is build to last; salary cap and team wise.

I have been following the NBA for 26 years now, and I think this upcoming year will be one of the most exciting seasons, because I think it will reshape the NBA landscape for years to come.

Can’t wait till the season to start

Photo: Adam Hunger – USA TODAY Sports

Finally, after a whole period of back and forth between the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony and several teams who were willing to trade for him, he wound up with a destination that I didn’t even consider: Oklahoma City Thunder! What?! Sam Presti pulled it off again, while only giving up Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second round pick for a guy who scores 25 points a game. And they received the final piece for a great starting 5 consisting of Westbrook, George, Robertson, Carmelo and Adams. Those 5 can compete with every other starting 5 in the NBA. I hear a lot of people say there is only one ball etc etc and they are all ball dominant players, but let’s not forget that everyone on that team has a huge chip on his shoulder.

Photo: Jasen Vinlove – USA TODAY Sports

Paul George is playing for a big contract year and so is Russel Westbrook, if he chooses not to resign this year for the $207 million OKC is offering. The biggest chip is on Carmelo’s shoulders, being so publicly emaberrased by Phil Jackson in New York. That was the one of the reasons OKC didn’t had to give up much for Carmelo to come to OKC and why he was willing to give up his no trade clasule. So what I want to make clear, is that I think everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to reach the ultimate goal: to be an NBA Champion. I think they will have the biggest chance to knock out the Warriors this year, as they are such a big versatile team and they do have two lockdown defenders in Andre Robertson and Paul George. That together with the rim protection of Steven Adams and the scoring of Carmelo and George, paired with Westbrook being Westbrook… I can’t wait to see them on the court together! If this team stays together (meaning that George isn’t leaving OKC next year and the same goes for Westbrook), this could become one of the most heated rivalries since the Knicks and the Heat in the late 2000’s.

Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea – USA TODAY Sports

There was also a big loser when this trade happended: Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets. When Paul signed with Houston he was for 99.9% certain Carmelo was coming to Houston. And now that he has not. He is, in my opnion, again in the 4th best squad in the West. Ranked after the Warriors, OKC and the Spurs.  Sounds familiar? He was in the exact same spot when he played fort he Clippers. But we’ll see.

Yet again the West only got better and never has there been such a big difference in balance between the West and the East. Dwayne Wade just signed with Cleveland for 2.3 million for 1 year. With this being said, the only team that is coming out of the East is Cleveland. No question about that.
But I will bet you all this. With so many super stars becoming  free agents after upcoming season, there will be a lot of player movement to form the next super team, knowing that GSW is build to last; salary cap and team wise.

I have been following the NBA for 26 years now, and I think this upcoming year will be one of the most exciting seasons, because I think it will reshape the NBA landscape for years to come.

Can’t wait till the season to start

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