Westbrook, George, Anthony highlight Thunder Media Day

Carmelo Anthony and Paul George speak at Thunder Media Day. (KOKH)

The newest members of the Oklahoma City Thunder were introduced Monday during media days.

The Thunder have made several moves during the off-season, acquiring former Eastern Conference All Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in separate trades. GM Sam Presti kicked off the event thanking the Thunder's ownership group for allowing the trades to happen. Presti had not yet met with the media following Saturday's trade for Anthony.

"It's an incredible opportunity and a rare one to add a player like this." Presti said. "The best way to describe him is dynamic. He'll be really special with our group"

Presti was also asked about rumors that Dwyane Wade could be added to the team.

"He'll go through the process and we'll be in touch with those people like the rest of the league," Presti said.

Head Coach Billy Donovan said the organization needs to still do things as a team to be successful.

"It's going to be the process of coming together as a team, we have a lot of different players that haven't played with each other." Donovan said. "We have to try and figure out how we can be the best version of ourselves."

Former Thunder forward Kevin Durant came under fire this offseason for tweeting in third person against the organization and Donovan. Donovan stated Durant had reached out to him following the controversy.

"I enjoyed my time with Kevin. I felt like Kevin and I had a very good relationship," Donovan said.

Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook wouldn't comment on a contract extension, stating he has had a busy summer. Westbrook said he is looking forward to playing with both George and Anthony.

"I'm happy they are here," Westbrook said.

Westbrook said he believes the three having played together for Team USA will assist them as they acclimate to each other.

Paul George said he has a common goal with both Westbrook and Anthony: to win.

"We want to get going as soon as possible," George said.

George had the task of guarding Anthony when the two played in the Eastern Conference.

"I think the biggest thing is the competitive nature in him," George said.

Anthony said that Oklahoma City has always been a destination he has thought about and that Westbrook was a big decision in him waiving his no-trade clause to join the team.

"We haven't won a championship in our career. We see that and that is the goal," Anthony said.

Anthony was greeted at the airport by hundreds of fans Sunday.

"It's nice to feel the passion and energy. Any time you feel wanted and appreciated is great," Anthony said.

Thunder training camp tips off Tuesday. The season begins at home against the New York Knicks on Oct. 19.

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