After another disappointing season for the Los Angeles Clippers, rumors are heating up regarding Blake Griffin and the possibility that he is traded over the upcoming offseason. While the Clippers have found success in the regular season during Griffin’s tenure with the team, they have fell short of expectations in the playoffs.
Like the Clippers, the New York Knicks are also coming off of another frustrating season. While Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony had another solid season, he may be looking for a fresh start with another team. The latest rumors believe that Anthony could be traded for Griffin, and it would actually benefit both the Knicks and Clippers.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Anthony was recently linked to a variety of different teams, but the Knicks ultimately kept him. Griffin’s name was also involved in numerous trade discussions, notably with the Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks, but he was also not moved. While the Knicks did not make the playoffs, Griffin actually had a chance to play for a championship this year. After suffering a season-ending injury against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of their series, Griffin’s Clippers were eventually eliminated from playoff contention.
While the Clippers are likely to be in contention next year with Griffin and Chris Paul, many NBA insiders believe that the duo has reached their ceiling. Being competitive every year in the regular season is important, but it is becoming apparent that there are going to be at least three different teams better than them next season in the Western Conference alone — the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder. In the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers are also likely to be stronger than the Clippers.
Anthony’s Knicks have shown flashes in the past, but they are not ready to compete next year. Kristaps Porzingis is only going to continue to improve, and it may serve the Knicks better to pair him up with the younger Griffin, as opposed to the aging Anthony. As Fox Sports reports, there are numerous benefits to this trade possibility.
“The general one-for-one All-Star swap is never not interesting. Here, the Clippers get an ideal offensive small-ball four who’s never really played with a brilliant pass-first point guard like Paul. Anthony can space the floor on Paul/Jordan pick-and-rolls, pop out behind the three-point line on high screens for Paul and still isolate whenever necessary as the walking heat check he is. Anthony isn’t a defensive stopper, and the Clippers still need more athleticism on the perimeter if they want to ever get past the second round, but this deal allows the team’s Big 3 to all complement each another in ways they currently can’t. Griffin for Anthony isn’t a secret. It’s long made sense for both sides—even if Griffin walks after one year—and it’d be awesome to see it happen. Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, but the opportunity to team up with his good friend Paul could be enough to waive it.”
Since Griffin can walk after only one year, the deal is a risk for the Knicks. Regardless, it is New York City, and the Knicks will have an entire year to convince Griffin to stay. With Porzingis going to play next year at the young age of 21-years-old, Griffin could see the future potential in the franchise. While they are unlikely to make any noise in the playoffs, they could sneak in as one of the lower seeds. This could cause Griffin to stick with the Knicks and sign a long-term contract.
As the Los Angeles Times notes, the recent injuries to Griffin and Paul may have been the final straw in another season that ended without winning a championship. Since Griffin can leave after next season, it may make sense to move him while the Clippers still have the ability.
Since the NBA playoffs still have a few months remaining, trade rumors involving New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony and Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin will continue to emerge. While swapping All-Stars is fairly rare in the NBA, this potential deal could make sense for both franchises.
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