Carmelo Anthony would be an ideal fit next to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, particularly against smaller lineups like the ones the Warriors employ. The Cavs would still have plenty of size to contend with more traditional lineups, even without the six-foot-ten Love on the roster. Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye, and Chris Andersen give the Cavaliers front line depth and size when the team needs to "go big." Anthony would give Cleveland another elite scorer to aid in their attempt to retain the NBA Championship next season -- on paper, this post-trade lineup looks deadly.
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Kevin Love's fit in New York would be a bit more tricky. The power forward and center positions are currently held by Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah. Trading Carmelo Anthony would open up the small forward position, which is not a spot Love can play. One option the Knicks have would be to play Love at power forward and move Noah to the bench to anchor the second unit. Another possibility would be to play all three together, with Porzingis guarding the smallest of the opposing team's frontcourt players. That would be an odd lineup, but one that could work with the seven-foot-three Porzingis' mobility.
Carmelo Anthony was expected to be a star when he was taken No. 3 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by Denver, and he has delivered, at least individually. Anthony is one of the best pure scorers in the league, boasting a career average of 24.9 points per game. Anthony led the NBA in scoring in 2012-13, posting 28.7 points per contest that season. Anthony may be underrated as a rebounder and passer as well, coming off a season in which he averaged 7.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for New York.