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How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade


How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

For all the Bulls fans who wanted to see the organization pull off a Carmelo Anthony trade over the years, they just got their wish.

Well, sort of.

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have agreed to a blockbuster trade which will send Anthony to the Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and the Bulls' 2018 second-round pick.

Coincidentally, the Bulls traded a comparable package to what the Thunder just surrendered for the 10-time NBA All-Star.

Just before the NBA's trade deadline last February, the Bulls sent McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round draft choice to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.

As the Thunder load up for a postseason run in the Western Conference, the Bulls are in the midst of rebuilding year after trading Jimmy Butler earlier this offseason and not having much to show from their previous trade with the Thunder.

The Bulls let Lauvergne and Morrow depart via free agency this offseason, while Payne will start the season on the shelf after undergoing foot surgery.

After the deal becomes official via a league call on Monday, Anthony will join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George in Oklahoma City.

The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Knicks last season.

What would be the best 3-on-3 squad for the new Olympic sport?

What would be the best 3-on-3 squad for the new Olympic sport?

The Olympics have a number of sports come and go over the decades. Another new one has sparked some excitement among basketball fans.

Coming to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is 3-on-3 basketball. It's unclear what type of players will be competing in this, but the combinations have basketball fans salivating.

On In The Loop, Mark Schanowski and Nick Friedell (ESPN) gave their picks for the best 3-on-3 teams among current NBA players and a selection from the 1992 Dream Team. Watch the video above to see the full discussion.

Friedell's active players:

"If it's me, 3-on-3 right now with the guys in the league I'm going with Kevin Durant, LeBron (James) and Kawhi (Leonard) and I'm saying gonna say good luck scoring, for anybody. Because I know they can get going offensively but defensively, LeBron and Kawhi, and give you whatever Durant can give you I think that will top anybody."

Schanowski's active players:

"If we're going with current players I would love to see Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant back together again. They wouldn't pass to each other, but it would be crazy to watch. My third would be Steph Curry, who might be the best shooter we've ever seen."

Friedell's Dream Team players:

"I'll go with Michael, Scottie and Karl Malone just in case somebody wants to knock somebody over and give even more physicality to it. But I mean Michael and Scottie could beat a lot of those countries I feel like 2-on-3 with how dominant they are on both ends."

Schanowski's Dream Team players:

"Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were past their prime. You had Patrick Ewing and David Robinson as centers so I'm not sure they'd really fit in the 3-on-3 format. I think what I would do is go with Jordan, Pippen and Clyde Drexler, who could switch on everything. You don't really have a great shooter. The best shooter on the Dream Team might have been Chris Mullin. He didn't play many minutes in that. You think about Charles Barkley, a great offensive player who was dominant in the Olympics. He's not going to guard anybody so I don't want him in 3-on-3."

Dwyane Wade named finalist for Best Style in NBA Awards

Dwyane Wade named finalist for Best Style in NBA Awards

Dwyane Wade's return to Chicago hasn't always gone according to plan this year, but the veteran is listed as a finalist for the first-ever NBA Awards.

Wade is among the three finalists for Best Style alongside Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The inaugural NBA Awards will air June 26 on TNT at 8 p.m. Chicago time.

Besides Best Style, the fan-voted categories include Dunk of the Year, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year and Top Performance of the Year.

Fans can vote on social media or head to

Wade has flashed his style on the red carpet over the years alongside actress wife Gabrielle Union: