The Ringer's Bill Simmons reported Monday that Anthony and the Thunder are "circling each other" in what would be Oklahoma City's second blockbuster trade of the offseason. "OKC's Troy Weaver recruited Melo to Cuse (Syracuse) - has known him since DMV days", Simmons tweeted. Now that things have changed with National Basketball Association free agency, trade rumors [VIDEO] are swirling around Anthony as the #Oklahoma City Thunder are reported to acquire him. Nor am I sitting on any insider information from "official sources" close to the team but it still needs to be said - the Thunder won't trade Steven Adams for Carmelo Anthony. Weaver, Syracuse's assistant coach at the time, was the one who urged head coach Jim Boeheim to scout Anthony in high school and is widely credited as the guy who delivered Anthony to the Orange.
Anthony has also made it clear his preference is to go to a larger market city, and Oklahoma City certainly does not qualify.
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The Portland Trail Blazers also have been rumored to be involved in a deal for Anthony, as star guard Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been trying to sell Anthony on the idea of playing in the Pacific Northwest, but it doesn't appear that Anthony wants to take his talents to "RIP City". The Thunder don't have much to offer in exchange for Anthony. The Thunder stunningly acquired Paul George from the Pacers last month to add a superstar alongside Russell Westbrook. If Westbrook decides to bypass signing a supermax extension before the start of the season, he, George and Anthony will all be free agents in the summer of 2018. "His camp is optimistic that a deal with the Rockets is going to happen". Meanwhile, to make salaries match (a significant challenge without Victor Oladipo, who was traded in the deal for Paul George), the Knicks would likely have to take on Enes Kanter and either Alex Abrines or Kyle Singler.
Adams and Kanter aren't just a dynamic duo off the court - they provide a complete package together near the rim for the Thunder.