The departure of Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks will be an inevitable scenario in the upcoming offseason. The decision to pick up the remaining two years of Phil Jackson’s contract is a sign that the Knicks are willing to move on from the 10-time NBA All-Star. Should the Los Angeles Lakers consider trading for Anthony?
In January, Charley Rosen, a close friend of Phil Jackson, published an article on FanRag Sports about the Knicks’ situation. The piece became controversial after it hinted a potential Carmelo Anthony trade. Before the February deadline, it was confirmed that Jackson was really serious in moving the Knicks star.
NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony to the Los Angeles Lakers
Rosen mentioned the Lakers as one of the possible trade destinations for Anthony. Last month, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson revealed their plan to “bring in” at least one superstar in Los Angeles this summer.
“We’re going to look at every scenario. We’re going to look at every option. And of course, you’re right. This town and this team — the Lakers — has always had a superstar, and a guy who the fans fall in love with, a guy who also makes his teammates better. And that’s what we’re going to try to bring in here,” Johnson said. “We’re going to work hard to do that. We don’t know what’s going to happen, so have me on (the show) later, after we know what our pick is, then I can tell you more about that.”
Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders created a scenario that would send Anthony to the Lakers. In a suggested trade scenario, the Lakers will trade Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Corey Brewer to New York for Anthony. This trade works on the ESPN Trade Machine.
Why shouldn’t the Lakers push for the Carmelo Anthony trade?
The deal makes sense for the Knicks. Clarkson and Nance Jr. will undeniably be great additions to a team who’s expected to build around Kristaps Porzingis. However, it remains questionable if the Lakers are interested in adding Anthony on their team.
Acquiring Anthony won’t make them an immediate title contender. They will only suffer the same situation like the Knicks while losing talented and young players. As Beer notes, the Lakers will likely proceed with the trade if Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak still work as front office executives.
It will be best for the Lakers to invest in younger superstars who will be available on the trade market this summer like Paul George. Also, the Lakers could pursue big names in the 2017 NBA free agency.
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