Carmelo Anthony sees the Cleveland Cavaliers as one of his potential trade destination in the upcoming offseason. According to the latest NBA Rumors, the Cavaliers will send Kevin Love and Kay Felder to the New York Knicks for Anthony.
Knicks president Phil Jackson expressed his intention to get rid of Carmelo Anthony this summer. However, Anthony is only willing to waive his no-trade clause to title contender teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the goal of winning his first NBA championship title, reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland would be the perfect scenario for the Knicks star.
NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland Cavaliers
Tommy Beer of the Basketball Insiders created a scenario that will enable Anthony to play for the Cavaliers next season. In the suggested trade, the Cavaliers will send Kevin Love and Kay Felder to the Knicks for Anthony. This trade works on the ESPN Trade Machine.
The deal makes sense for the Knicks as they have been eyeing to acquire Love since the February trade deadline. However, as Beer notes, the trade may or may not happen depending on the outcome of the NBA Finals 2017. If the Cavaliers succeed to defend their throne, there will be no reason for them to break their core.
Love is currently playing his best season since joining the Cavaliers. In 60 games, he averaged a double-double, 19 points and 11.1 rebounds on 42.7 percent shooting from the field and 37.3 percent from beyond the arc. However, if the Warriors defeat the Cavaliers, they may consider proceeding with the trade.
Carmelo Anthony ready to become the second option
If the trade happens, Anthony will need to make a huge adjustment in his game. Unlike in his past teams where he’s always the number option, Anthony will be on a team led by his close pal, LeBron James. The 32-year-old small forward sees no problem being the second option and remains confident that he can help any playoff team.
“I may not be in my prime anymore, but I know I still have what it takes to help a team secure a high playoff seed and then get unexpectedly trounced in the first round,” Anthony said. “Even if I’m not the number one option, I can help drag down a promising player by dominating the ball with constant one-on-one isolations and be a defensive liability that makes it impossible to beat a true championship contender in the playoffs. Everyone knows I still have plenty of postseason disappointment left in the tank.”
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