Do the trade rumors involving Carmelo Anthony have any kind of truth to them? Most likely. Although the New York Knicks still like having their longtime star, Phil Jackson, the team president, is not a fan.
Jackson recently indirectly called Melo a ball hog. The Knicks have a bright young player that you may have heard of. His name is Kristaps Porzingis, and the Knicks need to build the franchise around him.
Melo is already 32, and his quality of play is starting to decrease. His contract lasts until 2019, so he is controllable for a few years to come. It’s easy to tell Anthony loves New York; he has publicly said that a couple times. It would be awfully tough for the Knicks to trade him to another team in the NBA, because he has a no trade clause in his contract.
Porzingis is a 7’2 power forward who can throw down monster dunks right on top of people, and he has a sweet stroke from outside. He’s a great all-around player, one that any team would want. It’s funny, because he receives such high praise from New York fans now, but when he was drafted, little kids were crying, and fans were bewildered. Not many fans have even heard of the Latvian star.
Kristaps averages 20 points per game, almost 8 rebounds per game, and shoots 40 percent from three-point-range. I again remind you that this man is over 7 feet tall, and plays power forward. These are not typical numbers for somebody like that.
If the Knicks could get a veteran player or two and a first-round draft pick or two, they could work on what they have. They could replace the old and constantly injured point guard, Derrick Rose, with a bright young point guard from the draft. A trade would really work for both teams, as the team getting Melo gets a star player, an amazing scorer, and the Knicks secure a promising future.
It is up to Carmelo Anthony whether or not a trade happens, because of his no trade clause, but he could secure himself a chance to compete with the Cavaliers, and even possibly playing in the finals for the first time in his career. As much as he loves New York, I would hope he could see that a trade would be beneficial for everybody.