Carmelo Anthony's future in the NBA has finally been resolved for the time being after a long summer of speculation surrounding the player.
Melo has been traded by the New York Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round draft pick, bringing an end to the small forward's six-and-a-half seasons in the Big Apple.
This comes after a summer where Anthony stated he would only waive the no-trade clause part of his contract if he was sent to the Houston Rockets, only to add the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Thunder to that list earlier this week.
While he might be getting his initial wish of playing alongside James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston, Melo will still have some incredible teammates at Oklahoma for the 2017-18 season in the 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and new arrival Paul George, who joined from the Indiana Pacers earlier in the offseason.
Westbrook and George have reacted to Anthony's trade to the Thunder, and both seem to be pretty excited to have the small forward playing alongside them next season.
George reacted by posting a photo of Anthony and Westbrook on his Instagram account with the caption "My guys" followed by three lightning bolts.
Westbrook, on the other hand, instead opted to put up a short clip of his infant son, Noah, playing his “new toy”. A very subtle way of the NBA MVP saying he's looking forward to playing alongside another All-Star this coming season.
The Thunder needed a guy like Anthony in order to challenge in a competitive Western Conference next season. They now essentially have their own superteam, as Westbrook and George are just as dangerous when they have the ball in their hands, but sacrifices are going to have to be made by all three players in order for them to have success this season.