Bleacher Report reported Monday morning that Carmelo Anthony and the OKC Thunder are circling around each other. Even though a trade like this seems highly unlikely, we have seen what Thunder GM Sam Presti can do.
Carmelo Anthony Has Been on the Decline
Carmelo had his best year in the 2012-2013 season, where he averaged 28.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per game. In this season, the New York Knicks went to the playoffs but ended up losing to the Indiana Pacers in the Conference Semifinals. Anthony is not declining on the scoring end as he is still averaging more than 20 points per game, but on the defensive and athletism end, he is declining.
Thunder Will Have to Give up Major Assets
As we have seen time and time before, the Thunder’s biggest downfall is their bench. Since most of their starting lineup is newly acquired players in Paul George and Patrick Patterson, a trade is likely gonna come from big assets off the bench. Even though assets of the bench are not seen as major, for the Thunder, they are.
What Would a Trade Look Like
Thunder Recieve: Carmelo Anthony
Knicks Recieve: Enes Kanter or Steven Adams, Jerami Grant and a first round pick
Why this Trade Doesn´t Work: New York Knicks
The Knicks have been in talks with the Cavliers and the Rockets for a possible trade with Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks could definetly get better value from the Cavaliers or the Rockets (Kyrie Irving or Eric Gordon, just to name a few). Sure Kanter would be an upgrade than Noah but the Knicks have too many centers. Grant would most likely start, but the Knicks could get better players from other teams.
Why this Trade Doesn’t Work: OKC Thunder
Like I said before, the Thunder’s biggest downfall last season, which cost them games, was their bench. In a trade with Carmelo Anthony, they will have to give up major assets of the bench, which will make their bench even worse and cost them more games.
All in all, Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder look to be interested in each other. We have seen what Sam Presti has done before in recent acquisition for superstar Paul George so he can pull off a trade for Melo. Only time will tell us.