Not content with adding just Paul George recently, the Oklahoma City Thunder added themselves to the chase for New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony. According to columnist and podcaster Bill Simmons of The Ringer, the Thunder and Anthony are officially “circling” each other. Troy Weaver, the Thunder’s current vice president and general manager, and Anthony go way back. Weaver recruited Anthony to Syracuse, where he played one year of college ball before joining the 2003 NBA Draft.

Aside from Weaver, playing alongside Russell Westbrook and George could be another plus for the Thunder as they try to convince Anthony to waive his no-trade clause for Oklahoma City.

Recently, Anthony declared that he will only waive his no-trade clause for the Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Portland Trail Blazers also expressed interest in Anthony, but he will not waive his no-trade clause for them.

Thunder have no pieces to trade for Anthony

As of now, the Thunder have no pieces that they can send the Knicks for Anthony. The Thunder shipped Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to the Indiana Pacers for George. Center Steven Adams could be an interesting trade pawn, but the Thunder recently signed him to a contract extension. The Thunder could offer big man Enes Kanter to the Knicks, but his salary could be a deterrent to a possible deal.

Kanter signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Thunder in 2015 and is scheduled to earn around $18 million in each of the remaining two years in his contract.

If the Thunder are determined to trade for Anthony, they can add a third or even a fourth team to the mix.

Anthony focused on Rockets trade

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Anthony is focused on joining the Thunder despite the possibility that he might be traded to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving, who recently demanded that he be traded to either the Knicks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, or the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Rockets and the Knicks were already in the thick of negotiations regarding Anthony but New York temporarily halted negotiations to give newly hired general manager Scott Perry a chance to talk to the 10-time All-Star and convince him to reconsider his trade request. However, Anthony said he doesn’t want to play for the Knicks and insisted that he be traded to the Rockets, where he will join close friend Chris Paul and last year’s MVP runner-up James Harden.

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