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Carmelo Anthony explains how Russell Westbrook and Paul George influenced OKC move

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The New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony finally parted ways after the star was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend.

After his preferred move to the Houston Rockets failed to materialise, Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause to accept a move to OKC.

The veteran will now form a star-studded big three with the Thunder alongside MVP Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

During his first interview with the team at Media Day, Melo admitted that the duo played a huge role in convincing him to join Oklahoma City and he felt it was an opportunity he couldn't turn down.

"Me and Russ became closer and closer over the years. He was a big part, he was a big reason why I wanted to come here," Anthony said. "To see his loyalty to the city, to this organisation, what he was able to do on the court -- I wanted to be a part of that.

"Adding PG was just another reason why I wanted to come here. Our relationship, our friendship, our respect for one another as basketball players was the reason that I wanted to play alongside him and have an opportunity to compete for a championship and kind of just bring some more energy -- not like this city needs any more energy, but it's a different energy, a different focus, a different motivation that myself have, Paul has and Russ has, being that we haven't won a championship yet in our career, and we see that, and that's our ultimate goal."

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It will be the job of head coach Billy Donovan to figure out how to use the three All-Stars at the same time, but it will give him endless options on the offensive end.

Carmelo is the latest piece to an impressive rebuild general manager Sam Presti has been able to do around Westbrook, which began with the acquisition of PG.

"To be able to play with those two guys and the rest of the guys we have is amazing, man. I'm excited," Westbrook said. "I'm looking forward to making a great run, and I'm happy they're here."

George says the addition of Anthony takes the Thunder to "another level" and called it a "luxury" to play on the same team as him.

The respect and admiration between the trio should see them quickly form a chemistry both on and off the floor and could result in an exciting season for OKC.

The fans at the Chesapeake Energy Arena will be in for a treat next year as they attempt to dethrone their former star Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.

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Paul George
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunder

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