Written by: Matt McClure (@mattyice_42)
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There are rumors out there that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks are in talks of a deal regarding Kevin Love for Carmelo Anthony. There are a plethora of reasons why this trade would not make any sense, but let’s delve into a few.
First off, of course the Knicks would be all for this deal because they would be bringing in a younger talent who is an all-star and has far less of an ego than that of Carmelo. Love would help them rebuild a little bit as they have fallen off the wagon into the abyss of not making the playoffs or getting good odds for a lottery pick. Dealing Carmelo would put an end to that era and bring in new fresh talent. If this deal were to somehow show up on the Knicks desk, there is no way that they wouldn’t accept. But just because the Knicks want it doesn’t mean that it is a good deal for the Cavaliers.
The idea of LeBron James pushing for this is ridiculous. No matter how much he wants to play with ‘Melo, he would have to understand that the Cavaliers would be acquiring a player who is the exact same height as him and plays the same position. Not only that, but ‘Melo demands the ball. A lot. He’s eighth in the league in shot attempts per game at 19, and fellow Cavalier Kyrie Irving is sitting in fourth with 19.4. Bringing in another player like that doesn’t seem like it would bode well for team chemistry.
Also, the Cavaliers already brought in a shooter just last month by trading for Kyle Korver. Bringing in Carmelo Anthony would not add to the team in any real way. They would have to play small for their best players to all be on the court at once and this truly only works best for the Warriors. That is because even their center, Draymond Green shoots the three ball a little above 32%. While that isn’t a mind boggling number, LeBron only shoots 34% taking nearly the same amount of looks from beyond the arc as Draymond. The Cavaliers don’t have a player that could make going small work because Draymond is a rarity in how he can pass, shoot and rebound.
Now, let us get into why dealing Kevin Love is a bad idea. Love is four years younger and the Cavaliers have to worry about the future. He averages the 10th most rebounds per game in the entire NBA with 11.1 boards per game. Adding to that, he is the team’s only double-digit rebounder and brings down 2.6 offensive rebounds per game. Love is a better three-point shooter, and shoots an almost identical percentage from the field, knocking down 43% of his shots. And let’s face it, no one does a better outlet pass than Kevin Love. He’s showed his ability to get the ball up-court in a hurry since his days at UCLA.
Lastly, the New York Daily News posted an article that LeBron was working with Cleveland’s general manager, David Griffin, to make the trade happen. He quickly refuted that statement on Monday night saying that it was “trash”. This should be the end of all the rumors out there that this trade could somehow go through. This is the same team that won a championship just last June. Making big changes like that midseason would only hurt team chemistry. But something tells me that these talks won’t die down until the trade deadline on February 23rd.