With the Knicks 20-27, it’s nothing of the norm to hear Carmelo Anthony trade rumors. Recently, Melo has gone out and said he isn’t willing to waive his no-trade clause because he loves New York. Carmelo says this but, his time is running out and it doesn’t look like the Knicks will be contending for a championship anytime soon. A close friend of his, Charley Rosen wrote about 3 destinations he would waive his no-trade clause too.
“Nevertheless, Charley Rosen, one of Jackson’s longtime friends, wrote in a Thursday column on Fanrag.com, in an unsourced piece: “It’s understood that [Anthony would] only accept being dealt to the Cavaliers or the Clippers” and possibly could be sold on the Lakers.
Rosen, though, wrote that a trade scenario is “highly doubtful” with those clubs because, with Anthony nearing his 33rd birthday, “does anybody want to dispense with a rotation player, or a young sub and/or a first-round draft pick?”
Despite all the speculation about Carmelo’s future, here are 3 destinations where Melo could be traded and fit right in.
1. Los Angeles Clippers
Adding on to what Rosen wrote, Clippers would be a good fit for Melo. The Clippers weakest position on their roster is the small forward spot, where their current starter, Luc Mbah A Moute, is averaging 6.5 points per contest. Carmelo is averaging 22 points per game and would be the high volume scorer the team needs to compete with the top teams in the west. Additionally, Carmelo, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan all played for team USA so chemistry wouldn’t be lacking.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook needs help. The Thunder are trying to compete with the top teams in West and will not be able to do it with Westbrook dropping a triple double every night. With Carmelo, a lot of the scoring load can be taken off of Westbrook’s shoulders and help spread the floor for him more. Carmelo isn’t the complete player Durant was teamed up with Westbrook but, the Thunder do miss Durant’s prolific scoring. Melo can fill most of that void.
3. Portland Trail Blazers
The Trailblazers are really struggling so far this season at 18-24. Their major problems rest on their frontcourt. The addition of Carmelo could really turnaround their season. Without C.J or Lillard on the floor, there isn’t much additional scoring as Maurice Harkless and Aminu are averaging a combined 18.8 points per game at the small forward spot.
The Trailblazers can also succeed in a small ball lineup with the addition of Carmelo and can place him at the Power forward position where they even have a more lack of scoring from.