Carmelo Anthony, OKC Thunder share mutual interest

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After pulling off a trade with the Indiana Pacers to bring Paul George to town, the Thunder are now reportedly making some level of a push on a possible deal for New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

However, Bill Simmons of The Ringer reported Sunday that there is mutual interest between Anthony and the Thunder.

Troy Weaver, Oklahoma City's assistant general manager, played a huge role in recruiting Anthony to Syracuse.

The Houston Rockets remain the favorites to land Anthony once he's dealt from NY. They might prefer a deal with a team like the Portland Trail Blazers, but it doesn't look like Anthony would accept a trade to the Pacific Northwest.

It's doubtful that the Thunder would have the trade material sought by the Kicks, for starters, with Adams" "Stache Brother mate, Enes Kanter, their most obvious piece they would be willing to give up. The veteran forward had the advantage of his no-trade clause and thus remained with the New York Knicks as he wished.

Oklahoma City doesn't necessarily have that much to offer the Knicks, which would make a deal unlikely unless a third and fourth team was introduced.

Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 74 games this past season. However, it seems Melo might be so dead set on leaving NY that he'd be willing to waive the trade kicker.

Along with center Steven Adams, the Thunder would have a formidable core that could achieve a significant measure of success in the deep Western Conference.

The New York Knicks find themselves right at the forefront of talks for Kyrie Irving, who has demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

So, if the Thunder are hunting another scoring option in Anthony to join George and Westbrook, then a glaring question stands out - why would you trade away your defensive anchor in Adams when you can trade an expendable scoring option in Kanter?

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