The Knicks should send Carmelo Anthony and Robin Lopez to Cleveland, ESPN's Chad Ford suggests.
In a proposed blockbuster three-team trade between the Knicks, Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, Ford makes the case for the Knicks sending two of their frontcourt starters to the Eastern Conference champions. In exchange, New York would receive Suns players Brandon Knight, Alex Len, P.J. Tucker, Archie Goodwin and the No. 4 and 13 picks of this year's draft.
The Knicks currently owe Carmelo over $78 million dollars over the next three seasons and Lopez over $41 million over that same time period. Brandon Knight's contract is a $56.5 million dollar cap hit for the next four seasons. The Knicks do not have a draft pick in this year's NBA draft.
Trade machines often lead to way too many dream and/or perfect scenarios. There's yet another example of this here.
Should the Knicks ultimately decide to part ways with Anthony, this deal is perfect for many reasons. For one, Anthony gets to play with buddy LeBron James as the two would team up to headline what would stand to be a very competitive squad. New York and Cleveland have been linked in previous potential three-team scenarios that ship Anthony out before.
There'd be reason for him to waive his no-trade clause for this deal to work. It's favorable.
As far as the Knicks go, their overall return haul is ideal as well. Brandon Knight is a talented young product who once again could flourish under his former Suns' coach Jeff Hornacek. Alex Len and Archie Goodwin would give the team a couple of intriguing prospects to explore. What's more, reeling in two lottery picks would represent a masterful job by Phil Jackson and Steve Mills.
The only problem, however, is that such a deal wouldn't appear likely at all. As nice as getting Anthony back would be, it's difficult to see Cleveland disrupting the squad's rhythm following back-to-back NBA Finals appearances.
No one will ever accuse Chad Ford of not having an imagination. That's almost like the reverse of the Stephon Marbury Trade in 2004.
This is not the draft to be dealing your franchise player in as the 4th pick isn't a game changer in my opinion. Len is a nice player but not a suitable replacement for Lopez and Knight isn't better than what Jerian Grant projects to be over the same period of time. No thanks.