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Knicks sending Carmelo Anthony to OKC Thunder for 2 players, pick

The Carmelo Anthony era of Knicks basketball is over.

The Knicks have agreed to a deal to send Anthony to the Oklahoma City for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick. ESPN first reported the details of the trade, which will not be finalized until Monday.

Anthony, who has a no trade clause, is waiving it to join the Thunder. 

A source told the Daily News’ Frank Isola that the draft pick will be a second-round pick via Chicago.

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In an ironic twist, the Knicks open the 2017-18 season in Oklahoma City on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Anthony was given the no-trade clause as part of the $ 124 million contract he was handed by ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson in 2014.

The reported trade comes just a day after the Knicks’ new front-office tandem – Steve Mills and Scott Perry – said they expected Anthony to attend Media Day on Monday and the start of training camp on Tuesday.

Carmelo Anthony spends seven seasons with the Knicks but fails to deliver a true contender.

Carmelo Anthony spends seven seasons with the Knicks but fails to deliver a true contender.

(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The trade ended a long and often tortured saga, with Anthony and Jackson butting heads publicly about his playing style and the triangle offense, among other things.

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Anthony was given the no-trade clause as part of the $ 124 million contract he was handed by Jackson in 2014.

With that clause, Anthony wielded the power of his future over the Knicks — and he held onto it despite pressure from Jackson to divorce.

Not long after Jackson was fired by James Dolan, Anthony reportedly agreed he’d waive his no-trade clause to go to Houston to play with buddy Chris Paul. Cleveland was always a desired destination.

Anthony is no longer the superstar of his younger years, having lost much of his explosion following knee surgery in 2015. Still, the 33-year-old can light it up offensively — averaging 22.4 points while shooting 43%.

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He was named to his 10th All-Star game last season, but this time begrudgingly as an injury replacement.

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter

(Jim Mone/AP)

Over six years ago, Anthony was trumpeted as the franchise savior when he was dealt to the Knicks from the Nuggets.

He was supposed to usher in an era of superstars who wanted to play in the Big Apple, creating a super team with sidekick Amar’e Stoudemire. It didn’t go according to plan.

Stoudemire wasn’t a good match with Anthony and neither was coach Mike D’Antoni, who didn’t want to deal for the All-Star in the first place. Jeremy Lin’s emergence – which occurred while Anthony was injured — created a further chasm between D’Antoni and Anthony. Their friction led to D’Antoni’s dismissal.

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Anthony then had his greatest moments with the Knicks under Mike Woodson, emerging as an MVP candidate as the Knicks won 54 games in 2012-13. That season the team won its first playoff series since 2000, capping three straight years in the postseason.

A year later, Anthony set the Knicks’ scoring record by dropping 62 points at the Garden. Now he’s gone — the greatest Knick since Patrick Ewing.  

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