The mass hysteria that will come from 2014 NBA Free Agency is already starting in January, seven months before any deals can fully materialize. One of the biggest questions that isn’t related to LeBron James is what current New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony will decide to do as a free agent.
On the part of the Knicks, the worry and general belief is that Anthony is going to depart from New York and head elsewhere for the future of his career. Not looking to go home empty-handed, though, the Knicks are reportedly considering the possibility of trading Melo before he has a chance to leave them high and dry in the summer of 2014.
According to a report from Chris Broussard on ESPN New York, both the Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers have internally discussed the idea of a Carmelo Anthony trade. The interesting wrinkle in this, though, is that the piece that the Knicks would get in return would be Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, another star in this league.
Looking at shear logistics, you would have to assume that this trade would come with Anthony promising to sign a contract extension with the Clippers as there’s no way L.A. is doing a deal that involves a half-season rental of Anthony for Griffin, who is signed for the next five years. Also, you’d have to expect that there would be filler to this deal, which could swing it either way.
Another thing that has to be considered, which Broussard points out in his report, is that Anthony and Clippers star point guard Chris Paul have discussed a desire to play together in the past. Though that’s not the deciding factor by any means, that could influence the Clippers’ decision on the matter and possibly move them from where they stand now; Broussard reported that the latest Clippers’ talks ended “in favor” of not trading away Griffin.
In terms of strictly basketball, though, I’m not a big fan of this move for either team. I’m not sure what Griffin really brings to this Knicks team except a different type of offense and better rebounding. Likewise, I think Melo with the Clippers would be somewhat of a monkey wrench in what is a successful offense.
Though a Anthony/Griffin trade would certainly be polarizing and seems to be something that we have to keep an eye out for going forward, both teams would be better off looking at other options and seeing what else they can do to improve.