This trade scenario might seem weird at first. However, it seems like the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks are examining a potential trade that would bring Carmelo Anthony to LA and send Blake Griffin to New York. Could such a deal benefit both sides? Would it be possible?
First of all, the New York Knicks are currently under big pressure. They have entered the 2013-2014 season really bad and they continue to play in a very ugly style. The injuries of Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton proved out to be costly for the team and now the entire season is in jeopardy. The Knicks will have to think of their next moves, maybe their next seasons, too.
Melo has a player for the 2013-2014 season and there is a possibility that he chooses to seek for another team. However, many people around the league and around the team strongly believe that Carmelo Antony is staying in NYC. Nonetheless, if he chooses to leave, the Knicks might lose him and get nothing in return.
Such a trade would only make sense for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks would also be benefited. Since Carmelo was acquired New York has failed to reach the top of the East, as the team initially targeted. Instead, they have been battling to even make it to the conference finals for some seasons now. At the moment, the next time the Knicks will have a chance to make significant moves in their roster is the summer of 2015. Then, they will have the financial flexibility to bring in a star, as the huge contract of Amare Stoudemire expires. Certainly, Anthony knows well the situation and he might think twice before deciding to spend his prime in a team with little chances to make it to the top.
Blake Griffin’s addition would mean that the Knicks would have a surging big men duo. Griffin and Tyson Chandler would be one of the best frontcourt duos in the league. Add in J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton and you have a very well-balanced starting lineup.
The Clips would also be much benefited from such a trade. Of course, trading away Blake Griffin will be far from easy for them. Nonetheless, an addition of a superstar like Carmelo Anthony would make the team a true powerhouse. That’s what the Clippers want after all. Chris Paul Melo would be almost unstoppable. They also seem to fit each other, as CP3 is a player who doesn’t demand the ball on his hands all the time. Paul’s distributing skills could greatly complement Anthony’s strengths.
This trade won’t come easy for either team. Blake Griffin is certainly the most quality power forward in the NBA but his name is linked to the Clippers’ new age. Donald Sterling, the owner of the Clips will have a tough time deciding on this one. Nonetheless, if LA truly wants to take the next step and reach the calibre of teams like the Indiana Pacers or the Miami Heat they will have to strongly consider such a possibility.