Fast forward to Saturday, and Enes was being shipped off to New York along with Doug McDermott in exchange for Carmelo Anthony. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski shared via Twitter that as it took the latter's acquisition of forward Paul George from the Indiana Pacers before Anthony decided to join the Thunder.
"I'm in his phone, texts, I'm in his DMs, his Snapchat, whatever I've got to do to try to get this dude here", he said. Westbrook is a spread pick-and-roll point guard, and George and Anthony are ideal complements to that scheme.
Anthony and George both shot over 42 percent on * a href="http://stats.nba.com/players/catch-shoot/?sort=CATCH_SHOOT_FG3_PCT&dir=1&CF=CATCH_SHOOT_FG3A*GE*3" *catch-and-shoot 3s and Anthony was in the 93rd percentile leaguewide * a href="http://stats.nba.com/players/spot-up/?sort=Percentile&dir=1&CF=TeamNameAbbreviation*E*" *as a spot-up player.
"Thank you to All My Fans who supported me through Thick and Thin", Anthony wrote in a letter to New York on his website.
Kanter was holding a basketball camp for children, live streaming the ongoing shenanigans to viewers on his Periscope, a live streaming platform, when news broke about the blockbuster trade.
George calls the front office stellar & says they have shown Russ they are committed to him by bringing in the quality of players they have. On the other hand, Carmelo Anthony didn't. The trio are anxious to get on the court and aren't concerned as they believe the final result will be success. It's not new for three great players to be paired up.
"This feels like a championship team", he told USA TODAY's Sam Amick on Sunday.
Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as a host of the OKC Dream Team, a weekly Thunder podcast that runs every Tuesday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have one more obvious goal.
Kyrie Irving, who forced his way out of Cleveland, will lead a Boston Celtics team that may not even be ready to overthrow an old Cavaliers team.
The Thunder made out like bandits because this move allowed for them to compete while cleaning the slate to do a complete overhaul of their team should these superstars leave after the season. He was originally selected by the Nuggets with the third overall pick in the 2003 draft. Translation: they win one game in a series that has the Warriors winning easily in five games. "Any time there's an opportunity to make the team better since 2008, we've tried to put ourselves in position to capitalize". They've already acquired four-time All-Star Paul George and 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony this summer.