The Cleveland Cavaliers failed to defend their throne after losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals 2017. With their goal to reclaim the title next season, the Cavaliers could be looking for reinforcements this offseason. Will Carmelo Anthony finally reunite with LeBron James?
Before the February deadline, the New York Knicks engaged in trade talks with the Cavaliers involving Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love. Unfortunately, the deal failed to materialize after the Cavaliers refused to swap Love. James definitely wants Anthony on his team but not willing to break their “Big 3.”
How can the Cavs acquire Carmelo Anthony without trading Kevin Love?
Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News believes the Cavaliers can acquire Carmelo Anthony without sending Kevin Love or any trade assets to the Knicks. Despite Phil Jackson’s desire to get rid of him, Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract. Instead of moving to another team via trade, he could wait for the Knicks to waive him and sign as a free agent.
This makes things easier for the Cavaliers since James can easily recruit Anthony to Cleveland. However, it remains questionable if the Knicks will be foolish enough to let him go without getting anything in return. Still, as Bondy notes, anything is possible.
“As silly as that sounds, an Eastern Conference executive told the Daily News he believes that’s where this separation is headed because Anthony holds the power with the no-trade clause,” Bondy said. “One major obstacle to that resolution, however, is that Anthony has over $54 million remaining on his deal. Jackson suggested a buyout is not an option, but who blinks first if next season becomes a miserable game of chicken between star and team president?”
Can Carmelo Anthony help the Cavaliers beat the Warriors?
Carmelo Anthony will undeniably be a boost for the Cavaliers, giving them another star power on their team. The 10-time NBA All-Star can help the Cavaliers match the Warriors’ “Super Team.” At 33, Anthony still has lots of gas left in his tank.
In 74 games he played last season, he averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds on 43.3 percent shooting from the field and 35.9 percent from beyond the arc. Cleveland proves to be the best place for Anthony since he’s chasing his first NBA championship title. If the Knicks waive him, he can agree to sign for just $3.5 million per season.