The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the NBA teams who is expected to trade for Carmelo Anthony this summer. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Clippers will send J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers, and a 2021 first-round pick to the New York Knicks for Anthony.
Knicks president Phil Jackson openly stated his desire to get rid of Anthony in the upcoming offseason. The “Zen Master” believes the 10-time NBA All-Star will be better playing with another team. However, the Knicks couldn’t easily move Anthony to any NBA team since he has a no-trade clause in his contract.
If he leaves the Knicks, Anthony prefers to join a team who has the ability to contend for the title next season. He will only waive his no-trade clause for the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and the Miami Heat. Of all those teams, the Clippers make a lot of sense for Anthony.
Carmelo Anthony the missing piece in LA Clippers
The Clippers have been one of the best teams in the league since the arrival of “Big Three.” However, their only greatest achievement was reaching the Western Conference Semifinals. In the upcoming offseason, the Clippers have to make a tough decision as three of their starters, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and J.J. Redick, will become free agents.
The Clippers already revealed their plan to give Paul and Griffin max contracts. They also plan to upgrade their roster, especially the small forward position. Before the trade deadline, the Clippers reportedly tried to trade for Anthony but the Knicks turned down their offer.
Marc Berman of the New York Post believes a deal that would bring back Redick might appeal to Knicks president Phil Jackson. However, to include him in a trade package, Redick would first need to agree to a sign-and-trade to end up with the Knicks. Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders created a scenario that would make Anthony-to-Clippers possible this summer.
In the suggested trade scenario, the Clippers will send Redick (via sign-and-trade), Austin Rivers, and a 2021 first-round pick to the Knicks for Anthony. The deal would give the Clippers a hefty luxury tax bill but owner Steve Ballmer already said he’s willing to pay for a superior product.
LA Clippers will benefit the trade
The deal makes sense for the Clippers as they won’t need to overpay an aging shooter like J.J. Redick, who’s expected to demand $18-20 million annually in the upcoming free agency. Acquiring Carmelo Anthony will enable them to form a “Big 4” that can challenge the Golden State Warriors next season.
At 32, Anthony shows no sign of slowing down. In 74 games he played this season, he averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. The trade will make his reunion with Chris Paul possible. Both superstars can chase for their first NBA championship title playing together in Los Angeles.
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