On Sunday July 16th, CJ McCollum sent out an Instagram post that made everyone rethink where Carmelo Anthony could be traded to.
This has made the internet go crazy as this news is all over, including CBS Sports and YouTube (Credit to A-Roz.).
This trade makes sense for Portland as they are in an awkward situation. Most teams in the West are trying to make their teams better to put up a fight against the Golden State Warriors, while Portland is fighting for a lower playoff spot. If Portland does somehow acquire Anthony without giving up McCollum or Damian Lillard in return, then that would be a scary trio at the 1, 2, and 3 positions. That would also give the West a scary team fighting with the Warriors for Western dominance.
Anthony has three likely destinations: Cleveland, Houston, and now Portland. McCollum could know something that we don’t. Maybe, McCollum is just hopeful. Another possibility is that McCollum could be joining the tradition of NBA players trolling fans on social media.
Portland took a step back this past season as they had to have a second-half surge just to get swept by Golden State in the first round of the playoffs after finishing the regular season 41-41. Carmelo Anthony would for sure add scoring to Portland’s offense, but would do nothing to help their 21st-ranked defense. He could possibly hurt the defense as he would likely take the spot of defensive minded small forward’s Mo Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu. Anthony was the 429th best defender in the NBA out of roughly 450 players.
This past season Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He shot 43.3% from the field and 35.9% from 3 point range. For his career, Anthony averages 24.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Anthony also shoots 45.2% from the field and 34.6% from 3 point range. Solid numbers for his career as Anthony used to be known as a top player in the league, but now as he gets older, he is no longer mentioned to be a top 15 player anymore. Nonetheless, Anthony is a solid small forward that will make whatever team he goes to happy.