Carmelo Anthony is a relieved man after finally ending his difficult stint with the New York Knicks.
After his desired trade to the Houston Rockets failed to materialise over the summer, Melo was presented with an opportunity to join the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to training camp and he grabbed it with both hands.
The veteran waived his no-trade clause to team up with Russell Westbrook and Paul George and already looks like a different person to the one that cut a dejected figure in New York last season.
After failing to make the playoffs in the last three years, the 33-year-old now has a chance to compete for a championship as he approaches the latter stage of his career.
The 10-time All-Star has only been with the franchise for a couple of weeks but he already admits that he feels like himself again and cannot wait for the new campaign to begin.
"This is just me. This is Melo having fun again. This is Melo being motivated again. This is Melo having pieces around him who he can play off of and who they can play off of," Anthony told Michael Lee of The Vertical.
The important thing for Anthony to figure out now is how he can adapt his game to play alongside two other ball-dominant players in George and Westbrook.
All three players are used to having the ball in their hands and leading their team's offence but they will have to adjust their games significantly.
But Melo says he's seen enough in practice to suggest they won't have too many problems working together.
"It will all come together. We see it in practice when Russ is with us. We see what the potential of what this team can be. It's lifted a burden off of me. And I'm pretty sure it's the same off of Paul and Russ. We talk about those things.
"We don't want to have to do it every single night, every single play, but we know we're going to have to bring our games every single night in order for us to be successful."
After the small forward served as the number one option on a Knicks team that failed to have any level of success in recent years, he's now more than happy to share the responsibility in order to win.
"This is something that I've always wanted. At the end of the day, it's basketball for me. With basketball, you make adjustments."
Ironically, Anthony makes his Thunder debut against his former employers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on October 19.