Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin Trade: Could Knicks, Clippers Discuss Blockbuster Deal? [VIDEO]
on Dec 15, 2013 11:17 AM EST
The New York Knicks are among the most disappointing teams in the first quarter of the 2013-14 NBA season with a 6-16 record, while the LA Clippers have been underwhelming with a record of 15-9 despite hiring champion coach Doc Rivers.
With both teams in need of a spark to turn around their fortunes, there are speculations that the Knicks would try to send their star player Carmelo Anthony in exchange for All-Star forward Blake Griffin, as per Bleacher Report.
The website reports that Anthony could force a trade to the Clippers especially with the team in disarray and him being a free agent next year. It cites a source close to the Knick as saying that 'Melo would love to play with Clippers star Chris Paul." "Playing together has been their plan from the beginning."
Another source to the Clippers suggested that the potential pairing of All-Stars may succeed in Los Angeles. "Melo needs a good organization and a good leader on the court," the source close to the Clippers said. "Chris Paul is Carmelo at a different position. They both haven't won a championship. They've come from bad organizations before. The Clippers are still the Clippers organization, but they've done a better job, hiring Doc (Rivers) and bringing in some good pieces. The reality is that Chris and 'Melo might be good for one another."
Anthony is close to Paul, being endorsers of the Jordan Brand and having played together in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. They also spent time together in LA, where Anthony stays in the offseason. In 2010, Paul reportedly suggested the formation of a Big Three with Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire while attending 'Melo's wedding.