LeBron will do anything to get another playmaker on the Cavaliers roster; even if it means getting rid of a perimeter threat.
According to league sources, James wants the Cavs to pursue Carmelo. If this deal were to happen, Kevin Love would have to be traded to the Knicks. Love, an All-Star, is averaging nearly 20 points per game and is grabbing just above 11 rebounds.
If this trade does go through, Carmelo Anthony would have to buy into being a third wheel behind Kyrie & LeBron. One of the most evident reasons in why Carmelo Anthony is on the market is because of his tendency to isolate and not move the ball. Melo is averaging a low 22 points per game and 3 assists in a mediocre season by the New York Knicks.
LeBron has shown that he has the power to make playmakers take a back seat and let him do most of the heavy work on offense. Carmelo, being a spotty shooter, could become another outside threat/ playmaker that LeBron has been searching for.
On the other hand, Jeff Hornacek and the New York Knicks would benefit greatly. By having another rebounding-scoring machine on the Knicks roster, Hornacek can build the triangle offense around Love, Rose, and Porzingis. Both Love and Porzingis could rotate around the post which would keep defenses on their heels every possession. This trade would also help the New York Knicks scout Derrick Rose, who is on the last year of his contract. Rose would now have the ball primarily in his hands and the Knicks can see if he still has an MVP spark.
There is a great reward for both teams from this trade. Phil Jackson would be building his team around Kristaps Porzingis, and LeBron James would get another playmaker which he has been wanting.