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C.J. McCollum provides interesting reaction to Carmelo Anthony trade

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One of the craziest NBA offseasons provided another huge trade as Carmelo Anthony finally secured a move away from the New York Knicks.

The 10-time All-Star waived his no-trade clause to accept a move to the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend in a deal that sees Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott head to Madison Square Garden.

The trade inevitably drew reactions from across the league as media, players and fans all weighed in as Melo prepares to team up with MVP Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

While most decided to look at this from Carmelo's perspective and what it meant for the Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum instead wanted to focus on Kanter and what his move signaled.

McCollum took to Twitter and said: "Kanter released a statement about his love for OKC and the organization ... 4 days later he got traded. Stay woke, it's a business."

The shooting guard is referring to comments Kanter posted on Twitter last week defending the team against criticism from their former star Kevin Durant.

The Turkish big man expressed his love for the franchise and his teammates and was suddenly offloaded to New York which shows just how quickly things can change in the league.

This will once again bring up the issue of loyalty in the NBA and McCollum is another player who is trying to make fans realise that it works both ways.

Fans usually feel anger and hatred towards players who depart in free agency but tend not to have the same animosity towards front offices who trade players without hesitation.

Isaiah Thomas' trade from the Boston Celtics to Cleveland Cavaliers was another deal that saw many raise this issue recently.

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Teams will make trades to give themselves the best chance of winning and players will leave for bigger contracts as free agents, it's just the nature of the game.

Kanter just became the latest victim of the NBA's ruthless trade market and he won't be the last.

This episode just shows that OKC executives don't have very good timing following the player's heartfelt statement.

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McCollum has more than one reason to feel aggrieved about this particular trade, though, as he failed in his attempts to convince Anthony to join the Blazers.

C.J. and Damian Lillard worked hard to recruit Melo but he never considered waiving his no-trade clause to head to Portland.

For neutrals, however, it will be fascinating to see how things play out in Oklahoma City with the star-studded lineup.

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