On October 29, 1983, Darryl Hall and John Oates (Hall and Oates) released a single called, “Say it isn’t so” The opening lyrics are as follows.
Say it isn’t so painful to tell me that you’re dissatisfied.
Last time I asked you I really got a lame excuse.
I know that you lied.
Both Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony at the end of their season said they want to come back to their perspective teams. We now know that both players want to be traded and it has their local fans screaming. “Say it isn’t so!”
A few weeks ago, I mentioned on my radio show… The Full Monte… The Knicks should trade Anthony for Irving. The rumors before that were, Anthony for Kevin Love. This made no sense to me because the Knicks have a power forward for the next ten years in Kristaps Porzingis. Getting Love would not strengthen the team because they would have two starting power forwards on their roster. If you are a Cleveland Cavaliers fan this has put a damper on your summer. The thought process was, LeBron James was eventually going to give over the team to his point guard and become a second option. (The way Dwyane Wade did it in Miami for James). Kyrie was going to be the focal point of the offense for the Cavs over the next 5-7 years. With Kyrie saying he wants to be traded, those plans for Cleveland, are now out the window. Here are a few places and scenarios where Irving and Anthony could have a different home next season.
Anthony to Portland for Jusuf Nurkic: This is the one trade that makes the most sense for both teams and one I want to see the Knicks do right away. The Trail Blazers are looking to make a move and solidify their position in the brutal western conference. If Melo goes to Portland he doesn’t have to be the focal point of the offense. On most nights, Melo would be the 3rd option behind Damian Lillard, (27 points per game last season) and C. J. McCollum (23 points per game last season.) Melo is at the tail end of his career but he can still career a team for a quarter a half or a game. The former Syracuse star has always thrived in the Olympics when he just concentrates on catching the ball and shooting. There are very few #3 options in the history of basketball with Melo’s skill set. Lillard thrives when he plays against GS and this could be a trade that puts Portland in contention for a title.
Nurkic is one of the most skilled big men in the NBA. At 23 years old he has already established himself as a versatile player who can score, rebound, block shots and pass the ball exceptionally well. In just 20 games with the Portland last year, he shot 50.8%, scored 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. He is 7’0 280lbs and can bang down low or play at the top of the key. With Nurkic on their roster the Knicks would have two of the youngest most talented “Bigs” in the NBA. Free agent guards would love to play with skilled, unselfish forwards/centers who can finish around the rim. The Knicks would be a very attractive place for guards to sign on as free agents.
Anthony to New Orleans for DeMarcus Cousins: New Orleans is going to eventually trade Cousins. They are going to build their team around their 24-year-old power forward from Kentucky. Anthony Davis could very well be the face of the NBA over the next 5 years. He will need shooters around him and guards to get into the lane and feed him the ball. This would help the Knicks because Cousins is a load. He is 6’11 275lbs and a physical presence. He would protect Porzingis and do all the dirty work inside.
Irving to Minnesota for Karl-Anthony Towns: This is the least likely destination for Irving because the Timberwolves just signed point guard Jeff Teague to a 3 year $38 million contract. The media is reporting Irving for Andrew Wiggins. I would not do that deal if I were the Cavs. I would trade Tristan Thompson and only take Towns. The 21 year old, 7 foot center, averaged 25 points and 12 rebounds per game last year. A “Big 3″ of Towns, Love and James with shooters like Kyle Korver and JR Smith around the perimeter would be a very scary lineup.
Irving to the Spurs for LaMarcus Aldridge and a guard. This would be difficult to pull off because a 3rd team would need to be involved. You would not bring in Aldridge and have Love on the roster. But if the Cavs can get a young point guard like Dejounte Murray or Bryn Forbes they can pursue a trade for Kevin Love and get another legitimate swing man or scorer. Kyrie on the Spurs would almost guarantee San Antonio another trip to the Western Conference Finals. Kawhi Leonard and Irving are not even close to being in their playing prime yet. That is a happy thought if you are a Spurs fan.
Irving to the Knicks for Anthony: This is a win for the Knicks, they would have a point guard and power forward combo (Porzingis) that can be the Eastern Conference version of John Stockton and Karl Malone. They can play together for 7-10 years. The Knicks would have to give up a guard or draft pick but It’s a winning deal for them. Melo would become the 2nd option on Cleveland and he would thrive with LeBron.
I don’t think Irving will end up in Miami. Point guard,Goran Dragic is owed $35 million over the next 3 years. At 31 years old, not a lot of teams would want his contract. Also, other than Hassan Whiteside, who on Miami team is a big-time player?
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