It’s the trade rumor that just won’t go away.
First reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chris Haynes, the New York Knicks called the Cleveland Cavaliers to engage a trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to the defending NBA Champions.
The Cavaliers would have to send forward Kevin Love in the deal, to which the team reportedly told New York no.
This isn’t the first time this rumor has surfaced, last year around All Star weekend, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported a possible three team trade involving Anthony and Love
Nothing transpired and the Cavaliers with Love went on to win the NBA championship thanks to a critical stop by Love on Warriors guard Stephen Curry in the final seconds of Game 7.
Kevin Love is averaging 20.5 points and 10.9 rebounds in 38 games played and is potentially heading to a spot as an All Star reserve in what is his best season so far as a member of the Cavaliers.
Now I don’t want to see the Cavaliers to trade Love. He’s finally found his role on the team as the third man in the Big 3 alongside Lebron James and Kyrie Irving. He seems relaxed and we’re seeing his best basketball since coming to the team two seasons ago. Unless the team can somehow get better by dealing him away, it would be crazy to trade him.
As for the Knicks, they seem poised to trade Carmelo Anthony to continue Phil Jackson’s plan of rebuilding the franchise back into a contender. Anthony is averaging 22.6 points and 6.1 rebounds in 45 games played on the 20-26 Knicks who don’t seem to be a championship contender anytime soon.
Anthony has a no trade clause in his contract and will reportedly only accept a trade to two teams: the Los Angeles Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sam Amico of Amico Hoops and Fox Sports Ohio reported recently that the Knicks wanted Blake Griffin from the Clippers or Kevin Love in any potential trade to which both teams have refused to give either player up.
If the Cavaliers could make a deal for Anthony without giving up Love, it’d be a crazy scenario to envision for the Cavaliers. They’d then have four All Star players to match up against the Golden State Warriors’ All Stars
- Kyrie Irving vs Stephen Curry
- Carmelo Anthony vs Klay Thompson
- Lebron James vs Draymond Green
- Kevin Love vs Kevin Durant
Now if the Cavaliers wouldn’t give up Kevin Love in a deal, they’d have to give up Tristan Thompson which would essentially kill their defense in the paint. The team should look elsewhere to improve the roster, specifically on the defensive end. They have enough firepower on the offensive end, it’s their defense which will be a liability come postseason time.
The trade deadline is still a month away and I’m sure general manager David Griffin has one more trade up his sleeve to improve the roster. Lebron James shared his frustration to the media Monday night after the loss to New Orleans demanding a “playmaker” on this team.
I agree with Lebron in that we need playmakers and we need depth. Guys like Kay Felder and DeAndre Liggins have talent but they aren’t ready for the big time just yet. They’re guys who need to continue developing under the guidance of the veterans on the roster.
They definetley need a backup point guard and they could find one post trade deadline with the potential buyouts of Nuggets’ Jameer Nelson, Mavericks’ Deron Williams and Bulls’ Rajon Rondo. Also could sign a free agent like former Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack and former Lebron teammate and Cleveland State alum Norris Cole.
Whether it’s Carmelo or not, the Cavaliers must make another move to improve or the chances of a repeat won’t be looking very good.