Mills: Trade benefits Carmelo, Knicks

Star forward Carmelo Anthony was shipped from the Knicks to the Thunder.

New York Knicks president Steve Mills made his first comments on the Carmelo Anthony trade, courtesy of a press release from the team.

“This is a deal we feel benefits the both Carmelo and the franchise,” Mills said in the statement. “… As we have said recently, this is a new beginning for the New York Knicks.”

Anthony was traded from the Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder, following seven seasons in New York. In return, the Knicks received center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round draft pick.

“We acquired two 25-year-old players in this deal that we can develop, while sticking with our overall strategy of emphasizing youth and athleticism. With this trade, we have added scoring and aggressiveness to our frontcourt, and bolstered the team’s perimeter shooting,” Knicks general manager Scott Perry said. “We are glad to have finalized a trade that made sense for all of us.”

Anthony, 33, averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 74 games last season.