The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony have been “officially circling each other,” according to Bill Simmons of The Ringer.
Thunder vice president Troy Weaver was responsible for recruiting Anthony to Syracuse University, where he played his lone year of college before getting drafted in 2003.
The two have known each other since Anthony’s high school days in Baltimore, where he attended Towson Catholic High School and consequently Oak Hill Academy, where he made his name a nationwide staple.
Weaver stayed in the Syracuse staff for the duration of Anthony’s rookie NBA season, later joining the Utah Jazz as a head scout and consequently working his way up the ranks.
Anthony has made it known that he is only considering the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets as potential landing spots, but this wouldn’t be the first time this offseason that the Thunder have pulled the rug from the theorized contenders — nabbing Paul George in an unforeseen trade with the Indiana Pacers prior to the start of free agency.
A Thunder lineup comprised of Russell Westbrook, George, and Anthony would surely have massive firepower, similar to that of the Golden State Warriors and their three 20-point-plus per game scorers — but it will ultimate depend on Anthony and his no-trade clause for any proposal to get its gears in motion.