Carmelo Anthony Trade: OKC Thunder are Now Contenders

This is the time of the year when football dominates the sports landscape. That all changed over the weekend when the NBA stole the spotlight with the Carmelo Anthony trade. The New York Knicks finally parted ways with their disgruntled superstar and in turn they allowed the west to assemble yet another superstar team. The Oklahoma City Thunder are the benefactors of this deal and they now should be considered contenders in the NBA. We have the win totals for every team in the NBA and that is about to change.

Breakdown of the Deal

This deal is a longtime coming for the Knicks. They have always wanted to part ways with Anthony but had struggled in finding the perfect partner. Finally they found an accepting team in the OKC Thunder. As part of the deal the Thunder will send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick (via the Chicago Bulls) to New York. Carmelo agrees to waive his no-trade clause and will be on the Thunder this season.

Carmelo Anthony Trade: OKC Thunder are Now Contenders

Carmelo Anthony Trade: OKC Thunder are Now Contenders

Carmelo Anthony Trade Shifts Odds

The NBA news over the weekend did more than just change the landscape of the league; it also changed the basketball betting odds. The Carmelo Anthony trade changed the odds for not only the Knicks, but also the Thunder. The Knicks (+15000) have no shot at winning an NBA Championship. The Thunder odds improved to win a championship (+1600). This puts them ahead of the Houston Rockets (+2800) but behind the Golden State Warriors (-220) to win it all this season.

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Westbrook Staying Put

The Thunder also did something else by making the Carmelo Anthony trade. They showed Russell Westbrook that they can be aggressive in signing free agents. Because of this aggression the Thunder are in a position to be a contender this season. They are still taking a chance that Paul George, Anthony and Westbrook all leave next season, but the Thunder have did their part to show that they mean business.

Are the Thunder Contenders?

The short answer is yes. The west is loaded with talent from top to bottom and although they are not better than the Warriors, there is every reason to believe that this Thunder team is a contender. They will make the playoffs and could give the Warriors a run for the championship.  George, Westbrook and Anthony give this team the ability to score with any team in the league. They need to have the right role players around them to solidify the unit, but the Thunder are about to show the league they can compete for a championship.