NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony has reiterated many times that he wishes to remain in his hometown franchise, the New York Knicks. But what if the superstar forward is persuaded to move to a championship contender such as Miami Heat or Chicago Bulls?
Seeing as New York are still some years away from contending for a title, several insiders believe Knicks would be better off moving Anthony for younger players. Anthony still has four years left on his massive $124 million contract. By taking on his contract, Knicks have curtailed hopes of signing superstar free agents during the next season.
Since Anthony has a no-trade clause on his contract, so a move can be completed only with the player’s blessing. Pat Riley, the Miami Heat president, has a history of convincing mega stars to join his franchise. Could he be on the verge of doing so with Anthony?
Kristaps Porzingis is expected to lead the Knicks into the next era. But would he be better off being paired with young players rather than an aging Anthony?
NBA Trade Rumors: ESPN’s Chad Ford played out an interesting scenario in a recent 5-on-5 segment. According to Ford, Miami Heat would be a good fit for the Knicks superstar.
Winslow and Cauley-Stein to Knicks?
Ford explored an interesting three-way deal involving Sacramento Kings, Miami Heat and New York Knicks. “Carmelo to the Heat, Robin Lopez to the Kings and a combination headlined by Justise Winslow and Willie Cauley-Stein to the Knicks (with other players included for salary matching). Miami is a place where Anthony might agree to go, the Kings would get a center who adds defense and toughness and the Knicks would get two good prospects that intrigued them before the 2015 draft. While the Knicks would be taking a step back, it would show they were serious about building a great team,” Ford wrote recently.
If Winslow and Cauley-Stein were to join Porzingis, Knicks would have three outstanding young prospects to build around and truckloads of cap space (with Anthony’s contract no longer a worry). This way, New York would double its chances of landing a free agent or two in the near future.
It all boils down to what Carmelo Anthony wishes to do. Is he happy staying in a team that is unlikely to win a championship over the next few years? Anthony is still searching for that elusive ring.
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