The Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have been one of many ongoing stories in the NBA this summer. Among many others, the Oklahoma City Thunder inquired about Anthony, though talks have not progressed.
However, for the Knicks and Thunder, this trade could be the best move going forward.
It was originally reported that Carmelo, who has a no trade clause, would approve a trade to the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers.
In recent weeks, his interest in Cleveland has reportedly waned. Likely in light of the Kyrie Irving trade request. The Houston Rockets simply don’t have the assets, and may still be looking for a third team by the time Harden’s extension is up–that’s in four years.
So, naturally, it makes sense to explore other options, especially both parties (New York and Carmelo) emotionally ready for this break-up.
Just under two weeks ago, Bill Simmons was first with reports of the Thunder’s interest in Anthony.
Pivotal points for each franchise’s timeline are looming, but this trade could be mutually beneficial. It will take Carmelo’s approval, and a couple other things; but it’s the right move to make.
First, a trade proposal.
- New York Knicks receive Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and Jerami Grant.
- Oklahoma City Thunder receives Carmelo Anthony, and Willy Hernangomez.
The Knicks unload Carmelo, and make a strong big man core in Kanter, O’Quinn, and Noah (I guess). They further pursue the rebuild and add young talents McDermoot and Grant to replace Carmelo at the three.
The Thunder get another star, and get a young center in Hernangomez, and at a hell of a cheaper price too. Sure, if they wanted to hang on to a young guy and drop a draft pick, that’s always an option for depth.
Now, to elaborate.
The New York Knicks
have been dying to rid themselves of franchise player Carmelo Anthony, but not to the extent that they’ll just accept any package. After holding preliminary talks with both the Rockets and Cavaliers, they’ve hit a wall and everything is on hold.
Their current core consists of point guard Frank Ntilikina, shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., and Latvian star Kristaps Porzingis. Despite the outcome of an Anthony trade, the Knicks will still look to enter a rebuilding year, and develop young talent.
In the proposed trade with the Thunder above, the Knicks get some younger guys in Doug McDermott and Jerami Grant–who both had their moments in the playoffs. They’ll temporarily fill the small forward void, and could potentially resign when their contracts are up.
Enes Kanter is a great center, when given the right minutes. An unfortunate lesson the Thunder had to learn this season. To contribute, he needs those starting minutes. The Knicks can give him that and more, provided they move Hernangomez.
The biggest thing here is that Anthony is gone. Something that’s been talked about for years, and never accomplished. Expect champagne to be consumed, and jerseys burned.
Both the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony deserve this–it’s time to give in.
The Oklahoma City Thunder
accomplished the most shocking trade of the summer–and trust me, there were plenty.
Paul George, a player who’s situation was slightly comparable to Anthony’s, finally parted ways with the Indiana Pacers. He was ready to win, and didn’t see it in the foreseeable future, at least in Indiana.
After being rumored in trade talks for months, they finally shipped him off to Oklahoma for Domantas Sabonis, and Victor Oladipo.
What’s delicate about this year for the Thunder, is that both their superstars are on contract seasons. It’s a one-year experiment placing George with Westbrook, and if it fails they’ll lose them both.
Adding another star name in Carmelo Anthony will only heighten their playoff chances, and may put them right over the top. With a facilitator like Westbrook at point, Anthony is the perfect weapon. A sharpshooting vet who plays better off ball, and can be relied on in those clutch moments.
Should they succeed in their efforts to climb the Western Conference, who knows? Maybe Westbrook and George resign, and Carmelo declines his player option to sign for less money?
For the Thunder, it’s a make or break year already, and adding Anthony only ensures further success. Provided they don’t give up any more than Kanter and some young talent.
For both sides, it’s a trade that makes more sense than most. The Knicks can rid of Anthony for young talent, and the Thunder can load up on firepower for the arms race that is the Western Conference.
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