Melo Daze For OKC
By Randy Renner, Senior Writer
The Summer of Sam just got an extension into the Fall which could last all the way to the start of next Summer with GM Sam Presti's reported trade for 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony.
15 months ago all seemed lost for the Thunder when Kevin Durant abandoned franchise. But Russell Westbrook re-upped (at least for the short term) and stopped the bleeding.
The Summer of Sam started heating up and produced a stunning trade for All-Star Paul George to go along with the signings of Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton.
And just when it seemed the Thunder were done shaking things up Presti went out and snagged Anthony for fan fave Enes Kanter plus Doug McDermott and a 2nd round draft pick.
The trade won't be finalized and become official until Monday but Kanter and McDermott flew to New York on a private jet around noon on Sunday and Anthony was flying in to Oklahoma City at mid afternoon to be welcomed by hundreds of Thunder fans.
And as this year of pushing all the Thunder's chips to the middle of the table continues another big move could be looming.
Since sending out two players for one the Thunder have an open roster spot and there seems to be building momentum (at least in the media) that All-Star sharpshooter Dwyane Wade could be the next Presti target.
Wade and the Chicago Bulls have been working on a contract buyout. Wade is good buddies with Anthony and has good relationships with George and Westbrook plus (and who knows what this really means) if you check out some of what Wade is posting on Twitter and Instagram it would appear he's following the Thunder moves closely and approves.
So could a Big 3 turn into a Big 4? One thing this Summer of Sam has taught us is we should never under estimate what Presti has up his sleeve.
Media Day on Monday and the opening of training camp on Tuesday should be "lit" as the kids say these days.