Enes Kanter thanks Thunder and fans in video message

The Oklahoma City Thunder are undeniably a better-equipped team to compete for an National Basketball Association title on Sunday than they were earlier in the week thanks to the massive acquisition of 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony via trade with the Knicks.

One of the known teams on the list, Cleveland, was part of Anthony's original group of preferred destinations prior to Chris Paul's trade to the Rockets in late June. With each team looking to immediately dethrone the Golden State Warriors there's no reason why the Knicks couldn't have taken advantage of their leverage and pulled off a trade for Carmelo Anthony that resulted in the Knicks coming away with at least one 1st round pick, whether 2018 or a future 1st rounder.

The Thunder freed up a roster spot when they traded Kanter and McDermott to the Knicks for Anthony.

Now, Anthony will join Paul George and reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City.

Anthony, who is a 10-time All-Star player, was traded for Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott, the news outlet writes. Please pray for me, I hope we gonna have an awesome season with the New York Knicks.

The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists on 43 percent shooting and 36 percent 3-point shooting last season. It's about the superteam battle to conquer the Warriors, who still boast Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green for the upcoming season.

The 2018 second-round pick NY acquired for Anthony should be an early one, considering it will be conveyed via the Bulls.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that the deal is expected to be officially announced on Monday. Both players are off contract at season's end, and Anthony is off contract at the end of the 2018/19 season. Here, the Thunder are taking on Anthony's heavy salary over the next two years and it does take them into the tax but they have reduced the cap hit by giving away an equally expensive contract in Enes Kanter.

With training camp on the horizon, the New York Knicks have altered the trajectory of the organization in a powerful manner. Surrounded by underwhelming talent in NY last season, he still shot 43.3 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point range and 83.3 percent from the foul line. However, it wasn't the Thunder who traded him, it was Anthony who agreed to it since he had the no-trade clause in his contract. The team fired Phil Jackson as general manager and replaced him with Scott Perry in July. Yet, the best deal Steve Mills could find was two underachieving, defensively lazy, former first round picks for Carmelo Anthony?

NY had discussions with Houston, but has found no pathways to a deal, league sources said.

But the Knicks have faced pressure to trade him for years as the team has struggled.