First off, let me just say that Carmelo's head is currently lodged very far up his anus. He wants more of a say in the team's operations and he's upset that NY went after JR Smith when Melo told them not to. He wants to feel like he matters. He wants to feel like the superstar of the Knicks. It's a little Lebron-esque, actually. Except Lebron is having the best statistical season of his life and Melo is playing like a big pile of cow manure. And now Carmelo has decided that the best course of action would be to ditch New York, ditch Lin and Stoudemire and Chandler, ditch being the best player on the team, and start over. Well here's a possibility...
New York receives: F Hedo Turkoglu, F Quentin Richardson, F Glen Davis
Orlando receives: F Carmelo Anthony
For the Knicks
- Well, it solves the Carmelo drama. So there's that.
- You can get all three of these guys (inlcuding Hedo's monstrosity of a contract) for $1.2 million more than Carmelo's deal.
- It frees up more shots for Lin and Stoudemire. Remember when they were 6-0 without Melo? Granted, they played a bunch of shit teams, but they won.
- They get more pieces, and thus more depth. We've learned this year that the teams who can play the most guys usually have the most success. Well that's not entirely true but teams like Denver (who can play like 9 guys equal minutes) overachieve by running and gunning. This would give NY Lin, Davis, Smith, Shumpert, Douglas, Fields, Walker, Turkoglu, Novak, Jeffires, Stoudemire, Richardson, Davis, and Chandler. That's a 14-man roster of guys who could all log minutes.
- More freedom to play team basketball. Melo catches the ball and shoots it, with maybe a pump fake or a drive mixed in. That doesn't leave a whole lot of room for ball movement or chemistry. Now you have point guards, shooting guards, shooting forwards, power forwards (including one of the best, if Amar'e can fix himself), and one of the best centers in the NBA. Lots of freedom on offense and defense.
- Starting 5: Lin, Smith, Fields, Stoudemire, Chandler
- Second 5: Davis, Douglas, Shumpert, Novak, Jeffries
- Third 5: Lin (again), Walker, Richardson, Turkoglu, Davis
For the Magic
- Dwight wants to stay put.
- Bringing in Carmelo guarantees that you'll get half a season (plus playoffs) of Dwight-Melo. If they have success and make a deep playoff run (or look like they might be able to soon) then maybe Dwight is more likely to stay - after all, Orlando can offer him money by the ton.
- Even if Dwight jumps ship this summer, the Magic can still go forward with Carmelo and a ton of cap room.
- Ryan Anderson plays for the Magic. Anthony-Anderson-Howard in the frontcourt? That's a team.
- The Magic don't have a great situation at point guard. Melo can play point forward and run an offense. Problem solved.
- You can get rid of Hedo's ugly deal.
- Starting 5: Nelson, Richardson, Anthony, Anderson, Howard
- Bench: Duhon, Redick, Wafer, Clark, Orton
I think New York says no, but they have to think about it long and hard before they turn it down.