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Clippers Trade Possibillities – Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin

With the NBA trade deadline still over a month away, the market is already getting hot. Last night we saw a foreseen trade go down between Andrew Bynum and long-time Chicago Bull Luol Deng, in a deal that should help both faltering teams with cap space and future goals. And while the trade may have been the biggest to happen in the NBA this year, it’s unlikely that it’ll be the last. Recent talks have the Clippers right in the thick of the rumor mill

There was recently some talk about a potential blockbuster trade that would send Blake Griffin to Broadway and Carmelo Anthony to Hollywood. And while there have been talks about Melo heading to an LA team, many people thought it would likely be the Lakers before it was the Clips. Furthermore, Griffin has been such a substantial part of the building of that organization, that even Doc Rivers called such a move preposterous. However, crazier things have happened.

On Saturday, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers rightfully bashed a report from ESPN’s Chris Broussard that detailed supposed internal conversations that both teams were having, irrespective of each other, about dealing Clipper forward Blake Griffin for New York’s Carmelo Anthony. Rivers called the report “stupid,” and chalked it up to ESPN attempting to create what he called a “non-story” in order to have fodder to fill up the TV and radio airwaves over the next few days, a practice they’ve been accused of before.

Now Anthony, fully healthy and back with his struggling New York Knicks, has decided to have his say. It’s strikingly similar to Rivers’, you’ll note. From Newsday’s Al Iannazzone:

Carmelo Anthony never said he didn’t want to play with Chris Paul. But he called the recent report that the Knicks and Clippers might consider an Anthony for Blake Griffin trade “silly and stupid.”

 

It is. Just one more batch of fabricated junk that Knicks coach Mike Woodson has to deal with, earning him both the praise of his colleagues, even if he still is being criticized for the ham-fisted way he dealt with yet another recent Knick late game meltdown while explaining things to the press afterward.

Anthony can opt out of his contract this summer in order to become a free agent, something he’s embraced even though most (as we talked about last week) expect him to re-sign with the Knicks to a five-year, $129 million dollar deal. Not only is it dubious that other teams would be willing to spend the maximum amount on Anthony this summer, when he’s 30 years of age, but it’s far more unlikely that Anthony would give up on an extra year of security and over $30 million in long term pay by declining what is sure to be New York’s maximum offer.

That’s presuming the Knicks make the offer. Which they will, because they’re the Knicks.

With the NBA trade deadline still over a month away, the market is already getting hot. Last night we saw a foreseen trade go down between Andrew Bynum and long-time Chicago Bull Luol Deng, in a deal that should help both faltering teams with cap space and future goals. And while the trade may have been the biggest to happen in the NBA this year, it’s unlikely that it’ll be the last. Recent talks have the Clippers right in the thick of the rumor mill

There was recently some talk about a potential blockbuster trade that would send Blake Griffin to Broadway and Carmelo Anthony to Hollywood. And while there have been talks about Melo heading to an LA team, many people thought it would likely be the Lakers before it was the Clips. Furthermore, Griffin has been such a substantial part of the building of that organization, that even Doc Rivers called such a move preposterous. However, crazier things have happened.

What seems more likely to go down with the Clippers is for them to find some pieces to fill in for the injured Chris Paul and JJ Reddick. Two names that have come up as of late have been onetime Laker  Sasha Vujacic and Orlando Magic front man Hedo Turkoglu. Both players could fill roles for the Clips as they try and maintain the pace with other teams in the West.

It’s uncertain as to how serious the thoughts on Vojacic and Turkoglu might be. But with the Clippers currently sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference at 24-13, as well as having 15-1 odds to win it all in June, they may need to piece some things together to keep up with Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Portland. After all, Paul and Griffin, along with Doc Rivers, were all brought to LA to win and to win now. They may just be one or two key players away from those goals become a reality.

What seems more likely to go down with the Clippers is for them to find some pieces to fill in for the injured Chris Paul and JJ Reddick. Two names that have come up as of late have been onetime Laker  Sasha Vujacic and Orlando Magic front man Hedo Turkoglu. Both players could fill roles for the Clips as they try and maintain the pace with other teams in the West.

It’s uncertain as to how serious the thoughts on Vojacic and Turkoglu might be. But with the Clippers currently sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference at 24-13, as well as having 15-1 odds to win it all in June, they may need to piece some things together to keep up with Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Portland. After all, Paul and Griffin, along with Doc Rivers, were all brought to LA to win and to win now. They may just be one or two key players away from those goals become a reality.