Only a few weeks removed from the start of the 2013-2014 NBA regular season, clear-cut favorites are out of the gates with no indications of slowing down. Many organizations are quickly becoming a “middle of the pack” squad, which is arguably the worst situation for any team. These mid-level…
Why Shumpert AND Melo should be on the trading block
Only a few weeks removed from the start of the 2013-2014 NBA regular season, clear-cut favorites are out of the gates with no indications of slowing down. Many organizations are quickly becoming a “middle of the pack” squad, which is arguably the worst situation for any team. These mid-level talented teams cannot compete on a high level in the playoffs, nor can they acquire a high lottery draft pick to build around.
THEN THERE’S THE NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS.
During the same summer when the Miami Heat acquired Lebron James, the New York Knicks signed free-agent Amare Stoudemire to a six-year $100 million contract. In the 3 years since signing, Amare has been a sheer disappointment while Lebron has gone on to win 2 championships in Miami.
The issue is simple in my mind that Amare’s CONTRACT should still be the main building block for the Knicks future plans.
Offering an injury prone player $100 million is not the greatest investment one can make, which has further led me to the conclusion that the Knicks have no other choice but to EAT THE CONTRACT FOR 2 MORE YEARS AND CLEAN HOUSE. Its obvious that no GM in the NBA would be willing to trade for Amare or his contract.
With that being said, this is why the Knicks cannot manage to package a deal with Amare and Iman Shumpert heading to Boston. Rumors have been swirling around the league about a trade involving Shumpert, (a talented defender with some upside) and the second coming of Ron Mercer, but no GM is losing sleep over passing up on him. Reports also had Iman rumored to go to Denver, but the trigger wasn’t pulled because the Knicks probably want to include Amare as a “throw in”.
Plain and simple, NO ONE WANTS AMARE. NOT EVEN THE KNICKERBOCKERS.
The Knicks do possess another $100 million dollar man by the name of Carmelo Anthony who GM’s would love to get their hands on. Carmelo has been CLEAR on saying that he wants to test free-agency, and with a roster like the Knicks currently have, WHO WOULDN’T? Carmelo’s trade value has never been higher & with sights of picking a better destination, why shouldn’t the Knicks trade him and get some value back for him before he departs for a contending team, ala Lebron James.
Although Carmelo is no scrub on the court & a trade involving him will be difficult, being that he earns over $20 million per season. If he gets decides to opt-out of his contract, the only destination I can imagine him going to will be the Los Angeles Lakers and playing along side Kobe Bryant. In my opinion, Carmelo and Kobe would be great for the league but similar to how Melo played with Allen Iverson in how 2 pure scorers took on a heavy load of work & got no REAL RESULTS.
UNLESS the New York Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony, I believe he is headed to L.A.
Finding a suitable trade for Carmelo is no easy task, but I feel like the New York Knicks should trade him to the Chicago Bulls along with Iman Shumpert. A close sources tells me that Shumpert’s top choice destination is Chicago, just outside of his hometown of Oak Park, IL. Derrick Rose is a huge reason why I feel Melo would stay with Chicago instead of opting for L.A after the season (if traded). It’s clear that father time is catching up with Kobe Bryant, not the case with Derrick Rose. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is also a HUGE reason why I believe Melo would stay long-term with Chicago.
Its as simple as this..
LUOL DENG, TAJ GIBSON, AND JIMMY BUTLER
CARMELO ANTHONY AND IMAN SHUMPERT.
Deng is under his last contract year, I see his acquisition as a “one and done” and releasing him would free up tons of cap space. Other than that, the salaries add up, maybe throw in a draft pick or two, and you have yourself a trade that can save the Knicks from being in the same position as the Cavs after the Lebron James era.
While Los Angeles is struggling to find an identity, I believe the Chicago Bulls are one or two pieces away from competing with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. The Knicks are quickly becoming a “middle of the pack” team and rather than lose Carmelo for good, the Knicks should officially start their rebuilding process and start fresh.
CAN YOU SAY KEVIN WAYNE DURANT 2016?
.. LET THE SWEEPSTAKES BEGIN
- Xavier Gutierrez