I’m kinda shocked at New Jersey’s public statement on the Carmelo Anthony negotiations. It’s one thing to take a deal off the table, but it’s another to announce to everyone that you are doing so. They truly painted themselves in a corner with that move. Even though I think, as said by Kevin Pelton, that Melo is a poor fit for New York, I believe there are other teams that he would be have a beneficial effect. New Jersey seemed to be the most obvious for most parties. Carmelo would have guaranteed that he’d be in the New York area for half a decade. Sure a rebuilding team may not be what Anthony had in mind, but there is no guarantee that the Knicks will attempt to sign him for the maximum salary that he wants. And even if he does, there are a lot of reasons to think he won’t make the team as good as some in the mainstream would believe.
Chauncey Billups said it seemed as if Carmelo Anthony was in the movie “GroundHog Day”, due to his reliving the same questions each day. That’s how I feel about Carmelo to the Knicks. I think all the arguments for/against Carmelo and the wondering which players New York should/shouldn’t trade have been discussed ad nasuem. Additionally it’s possible that Denver trades Carmelo elsewhere. Hence Donnie Walsh would be wise to keep in mind other deals he’d like to make.
In that spirit, here’s one trade that I thought might be beneficial to all teams.
New York gets:
Charlotte gets a couple of PGs, one a young defender the other a veteran that can run the offense. Portland gets a ton of cap savings. And the Knicks get a true center, and a shooting guard that has hit nearly 40% of his threes over the course of his career. The one thing that I’m not crazy about is Matt Carroll’s contract, which can hurt the team going forward in free agency. Perhaps a better version is this one, which has the Knicks giving up Azubuike to Portland and receiving Przybilla & Diaw instead. Granted Portland doesn’t get anything on the court, but they save a ton of cash by getting rid of Miller (also due to Curry’s lopsided payments & Azubuike’s insurance).
New York gets:
Granted in this second one, the Knicks still haven’t addressed their need at PG (and in fact make it worse by tossing Toney Douglas), but a second deal could be made. Or they could use Andy Rautins or grab a PG from the D-League that can run the offense. However the center position would be set for this year, and the Knicks would have lots of depth at the 5 to perhaps attempt a hack-a-Howard/Shaq if needed. (Although it seems that D’Antoni isn’t a big fan of that strategy.)
So folks, what is your trade idea if Carmelo goes to Dallas, Houston, Chicago, or anywhere other than New York? How would you get your favorite non-Knicks in a New York uniform?