By Ryan Velez
When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to go to the Golden State Warriors, just about everyone knew the landscape of the NBA was about to change. What people could not expect is to what degree this would happen. The flurry of trades and changes made this the most exciting offseason in a long time, and with the dust settled, some of the league’s biggest names have new homes. One player of particular interest is Carmelo Anthony, who has now been traded from the underperforming New York Knicks to the Thunder—a team with plenty of new weapons surrounding Russell Westbrook. Celebrity Net Worth shares how Anthony’s exit from the Knicks may not have been the most graceful but his bank account thanks them.
To allow the deal to actually happen, Anthony waived his no-trade clause and $8.1 million trade kicker. The no-trade clause will follow him to the Thunder. In addition, the Thunder will absorb a $27.8 million luxury tax penalty this season as their payroll rises to $134 million. Anthony currently has two years and $54 million left on his deal, which includes a player option for $27.9 million during the 2018-19 season.
Along with this deal, one needs to reflect on how much Anthony made as a Knick. New York has always been a big sports market, and with that comes plenty of national attention. Over the course of 2,404 days, Anthony earned $56,444 every single day he was a member of the Knicks. This comes out to an average of $313,933 per game, for a grand total of $135.9 million. This doesn't include the earning potential from endorsements and the like that comes from playing for such a big market.
But how does the Thunder’s chances of winning fare with their new additions? The Thunder sent Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a second-round pick in exchange for Anthony, and also picked up Paul George from the Indiana Pacers. To give you a picture, their odds to win the championship jumped from 20-to-1 to 16-to-1, but only have one more projected win (52.5). In addition, these big money contracts may only leave one season to win. If the Thunder attempt to re-sign Westbrook, Anthony and George next offseason, their payroll and luxury tax could combine to reach $300 million. That would be the largest that any team has paid for one season.