Teams in all professional sports reveal their true intentions by the decisions that they make with their personnel. In the case of the NBA, there are the Los Angeles Clippers of the world and there are the Los Angeles Lakers of the world as well. It’s no coincidence that the Clippers have won only two playoff series in the history of the franchise while the Lakers have won 16 titles, and there are many decisions that lead to the success or lack of success of a franchise.
In the east, there are the Boston Celtics and then there are the New York Knicks. The Celtics have won 17 titles as a franchise while the Knicks have won only two. The rumored Blake Griffin for Carmelo Anthony swap is a clear example of the types of decisions from these franchises that explain why the Clippers and Knicks have not enjoyed much success throughout their history.
Honestly, this deal makes sense for the Clippers if they are interested in competing right now because they would be adding a top-tier scorer to their roster. Anthony is a player that would play well with Chris Paul and would be able to score in any situation. The Clippers have not gotten much production from Jared Dudley at the small forward position, and Anthony would be a definite upgrade for their roster.
On the flip side, the Knicks would be acquiring Griffin for the sole purpose of selling tickets for the rest of the season. If the Knicks seriously want to compete for a championship, it’s highly unlikely that Griffin would be the type of franchise centerpiece that would attract the future free agent talent the team needs to get over their championship hurdle.
Considering all the players New York sacrificed to bring in Anthony in the first place, this rumored trade seems like the Knicks are waiving the white flag on their current championship aspirations. There is obviously a risk involved with Anthony becoming a free agent at the end of this season, but the Knicks should just roll the dice if Griffin is the best player New York can get for Anthony.