Carmelo Anthony's tenure with the New York Knicks has finally come to an end after he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 33-year-old and the franchise have been seeking this outcome for months and his departure was eventually made possible by his willingness to waive his no-trade clause to accept a move to OKC.
Throughout the summer, Melo was only interested in a move to the Houston Rockets to team up with longtime friend Chris Paul and superstar James Harden.
With the two teams unable to come to terms on a deal, however, the veteran recently agreed to include the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Thunder on his list of preferred destinations.
Just days later, Thunder general manager Sam Presti pulled another huge trade out of the bag and secured the 10-time All-Star in a move that sent Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick to New York.
Carmelo will now be able to compete for a championship as he forms a mouthwatering big three with Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
His new teammates played a huge role in convincing him to waive his no-trade clause to move to Oklahoma City and gives them a chance to challenge the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.
Anthony is due to complete his move on Monday and begin training camp with his new team on Tuesday.
His relationship with Knicks fans soured towards the end of last season and was subjected to boos on numerous occasions but OKC fans showed him exactly what they thought about his arrival as soon as he landed on Sunday.
A large crowd gathered to greet the small forward and he was given a rousing reception with chants of "Melo" and "O-K-C" doing the rounds.
Thunder fans are some of the loudest and most passionate in the league and also afforded the same greeting to George when he arrived from Indiana.
Some even came dressed appropriately for the occasion as they sported hoodies in honour of Anthony who has taken on the nickname 'Hoodie Melo' after wearing them for his workouts over the summer.
According to George, the addition Melo makes the Thunder a "championship team" and it'll be hard to argue against it due to the offensive talent they now possess.
But it will all depend on how the All-Star trio mesh and what role Westbrook will play to accommodate his new running mates.
This will be a job for head coach Billy Donovan to solve but it's certainly a nice problem to have and Russ will be glad to finally have the help he's been craving.News Now - Sport News