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A trade call is scheduled for Monday to finalize the deal with the league office, sources said. Anthony is planning to arrive on Monday afternoon in Oklahoma City to take a physical and be available to practice Tuesday at the opening of the Thunder's training camp, according to league sources.
Anthony would only waive his no-trade clause for the Thunder, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliersleague sources said. His no-trade clause will go with him to Oklahoma City. Westbrook and George -- who could become free agents in the summer of -- played a significant role in recruiting Anthony to waive his no-trade clause for Oklahoma City, league sources said.
Talks intensified in the 24 hours before Saturday's agreement, league sources said. As training camp loomed next week, Perry increasingly wanted no part of the circus that awaited his franchise with media day and Anthony's arrival both on Monday.
Around the organization and Anthony, there was a belief that the unresolved saga would become a suffocating daily issue. Perry started to feel the urgency of making a deal on Friday, and engaged Oklahoma City in more serious dialogue, league sources said. There are strong relationships between Presti, Weaver and Perry. Once Anthony expanded his list of teams to include Cleveland and Oklahoma City within the past 10 days, Perry had more flexibility to move Anthony.
Perry remained in contact with Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey, who had the most versatile array of assets for New York and motivation to make the deal -- but, ultimately, Anthony would not accept a trade to the Pacific Northwest.
Anthony was intrigued with a potential partnership with Damian LillardCJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkicand the stability and track record of the front office and coaching staff in Portland, but did not want to make such a dramatic geographic shift, league sources said.
New York had been willing to do an Anthony deal with his preferred choice, Houston, that included Eric Gordon and Trevor Arizabut the Rockets consistently rejected that idea, league sources said. Houston had become the focus of Anthony's trade request after the Rockets acquired All-Star guard Chris Paula close friend, in late June.
Cleveland's package included Iman Shumpert and Channing Fryeand would've needed to be supplemented with minimum veterans, league sources said. Cleveland would never have considered including its first-round pick via Brooklyn, league sources said. New York had been pursuing a future first-round pick from Oklahoma City, but the Thunder were unable to acquire one as part of a larger deal for New York, according to league sources.
Gibson signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves in July. New York inquired about the Thunder's first-round pick at No. With the Bulls projected to be one of the worst teams in the league, that pick could be in early 30s of next June's draft. The Thunder's odds to win the NBA title went from to at the Westgate after news of the trade.
Their projected win total went from This is the second major deal Presti engineered this summer. Kanter, 25, was a first-round pick of the Utah Jazz in Kanter posted a goodbye message to Oklahoma City fans on social media Saturday afternoon.
He thanked the organization and the state of Oklahoma and added, "I want to say, please beat the Warriors for me. I'm gonna be watching that game, so please beat the Warriors for me. McDermott, 25, was the No.
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