The Carmelo Hail Mary
Carmelo Anthony as a vital cog in the Cavs’ revamped super team?
I don’t like it. You shouldn’t like it. What’s to like?
Anthony’s only getting older and he will be a liability on defense.
So why’s his name here?
Because Melo can still score with the best of them, and if he’s willing to be the Cavs’ sixth-man, there’s a spot for him Cleveland.
Melo probably doesn’t want to come off the bench, but perhaps the realization of playing deep into the playoffs and representing the East in the Finals would be enough to entice the former No. 3 overall pick to change his mindset.
As the sixth man, he’ll still get plenty of minutes and he’d provide the Cavs with instant scoring off the bench.
OK, now IF Melo will take on the role of sixth man, Cleveland needs one other thing to happen.
Melo must negotiate a buyout with Knicks so he can sign with the Cavaliers for the veteran minimum.
In no way shape or form should the Cavs move major pieces to acquire Anthony because his presence alone doesn’t make the Cavs better than Golden State. If he was acquired via trade, the Cavs would have to give up a big contract and no sane person would trade Kevin Love for Carmelo Anthony at this point of their careers.
Anthony, 33, has two years and about $50 million remaining on his contract, but his sour relationship with Phil Jackson would be reason to look for a buyout. That way Melo could pick his next squad, which would hopefully be the Cavaliers.