Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony is in his first week as a member of his new team, after being traded away from the New York Knicks, but everyone is already talking about system fits for the veteran.
Anthony, who resisted the position move while a member of the Knicks, will make the full-time transition to starting power forward with Oklahoma City, head coach Billy Donovan said on Tuesday.
“No, he’s going to start the power forward spot for us,” Donovan said. “That’s what he’s going to do.”
Anthony is accepting of the position switch and seemingly embraces the role.
“I’ve been playing the 4 almost all my career,” Anthony said.
“Even in Denver, we was one of those teams with George Karl, kinda started going playing that small ball, putting me at the 4, picking up the pace. We kind of started that. And the league wasn’t ready for that at that time.
It was all about traditional bigs and power forwards and centers. And now, it’s just whoever. You have 2-guards playing center now, guys 6-foot-5 playing center.
So, it really doesn’t matter at what position it is, what spot out there, as long as you fill those spots, as long as you know the offense, as long as you execute, those positions, they don’t matter.”
Thunder Asking Price Steep for Steven Adams
As the Oklahoma City Thunder look to create some cap relief, they are shopping big man Steven Adams, but don’t seem to be finding any takers.
According to Matt George of 1140 KHTK, Oklahoma City’s asking price for Adams is viewed as “too high.”
Moving Adams won’t be easy as he is owed more than $53 million for the next two seasons in his contract.
Adams is coming off a season in which he scored 13.9 points per game, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists for the Thunder last season.
Thunder Shopping Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Dennis Schroder, 21st Pick
The Oklahoma City Thunder are shopping a ton of assets in an effort to clear some salary space.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer, the Thunder are making center Steven Adams, Andre Roberson and point guard Dennis Schroder available, in addition with the 21st pick in the draft, in an effort to shed salary.
Oklahoma City currently has nearly $140 million guaranteed for the 2019-20 season, above the luxury tax threshold.
Blazers’ Damian Lillard Discusses Game Winning Shot
In the ultimate last work towards the trash talking Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard hit a ridiculous, buzzer-beating 3-point shot to eliminate the Thunder on Tuesday.
The shot will live on for an eternity and Lillard took time to discuss the dagger that sent the talking Russell Westbrook and his team packing.
“I was blanking out,” Lillard said, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic. “I was having my own thoughts. I was … angry. Not that type of anger like I was mad, but anger like I was in a rage.”
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