The Los Angeles Clippers are known as one of the unluckiest teams in NBA history.
In their 47 years in the NBA (established in 1970), they have never made it past the second-round of the playoffs. They have lost in three seven-game series, and have been plagued by injuries. This season alone, Blake Griffin has missed a large chunk of this season — after recovering from knee surgery. He recently returned to play. On January 17th, Chris Paul tore a ligament in his left thumb, and will be out for six-to-eight weeks.
The Clippers need to make a change, they need to make a trade.
Los Angeles’ current starting small forward is Luc Mbah a Moute. Luc is averaging 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game this season, which is sub-par for a starter. Their backup small forward is Paul Pierce, who is currently the ripe age of 39, and is playing his last season. Pierce is averaging 3.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. The Clippers need a new small forward, and lucky for them New York is looking to get rid of theirs.
The New York Knicks have made it clear that they want to get rid of Carmelo Anthony. They just don’t want him anymore. He was traded to New York in 2011 along with Chauncey Billups in a deal for Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first-round pick and the swap rights in 2016. The Knicks wanted Carmelo to be the superstar that will bring them back to their competitive ways, but ultimately, it didn’t work out in their favor.
Anthony is averaging 22.7 points, 3.1 assists, and 6.1 rebounds per game. New York obviously looks toward him to lead the team, but to note that they’re currently in eleventh place, means that he has underperformed as a leader. Throughout his career Carmelo has proven he is a pure scorer, and that is just what the clippers need.
Chris Paul is also pushing the Clippers to trade for Carmelo Anthony “at any cost”. (via @KeithSmithNBA)
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) February 7, 2017
A big reason that this trade will work, is that Carmelo and Chris Paul have chemistry. They played together on the 2008 and 2012 team USA Olympic squad, winning bronze in 2008 and gold in 2012. They are great friends, and are known to hang out frequently over the off season. This chemistry will help the team by allowing Paul, a pass first point guard, and Carmelo, a pure scorer, to work together and rack-up points.
Carmelo is the final piece of the puzzle that can finally bring the Clippers past the second-round of the playoffs, and even possibly mold themselves into a playoff contender. The Clippers must trade for Carmelo before the deadline on February 22.