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A trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers would make the most sense for New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, according to a new post from Hall-of-Fame basketball writer Peter Vecsey.
Anthony reportedly has told the Knicks he will now accept a trade to teams other than just the Houston Rockets, and the Cavs are on that list.
Vecsey reported Friday the Cavs and Knicks have begun negotiations on a potential Anthony deal.
“Considering Melo, 33, is fixated on competing for a championship before he loses his legs and lungs following 14 years of advancing to a Conference Finals a total of once (2008-09), I don’t pretend to understand why linking up with LeBron James wasn’t his principal priority from the jump,” Vecsey wrote on his Patreon page (subscription required).
Vecsey went on to write about a variety of trade scenarios involving other teams, such as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets — but that ultimately, neither appears to have the pieces to make a deal work.
“Meanwhile, the Cavaliers definitely have the goodies, in terms of players and first-round draft pick(s), to procure Melo,” Vecsey wrote.
“There is one snag, though. A very doable deal would have to wait until October 21. Jae Crowder, who recently arrived in Cleveland as part of the Kyrie Irving–Isaiah Thomas transaction, isn’t eligible to be included in any package until then, I’m told. I am embarrassingly unfamiliar with the rule.”
A trade of Crowder and Cavs teammates Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye would be enough to make the salaries match for Anthony, Vecsey added.