Carmelo Anthony to Miami Heat: Only After Clearing Chris Bosh Salary Off The Books
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has never been this very vocal about parting with 6'8" 10-time All-Star small forward Carmelo Anthony. For those who haven't heard anything inside the Knicks' backyard, Jackson wants to get rid of Melo, period.
The only problem is Melo's "no-trade clause". Melo has the final say whether to leave the Knicks or stay and the only chance Jackson has is to trade Melo to a franchise with NBA title chances, and not just a trip to the NBA Playoffs. But which NBA teams will accept a 32-year old (who is turning 33 in less than two weeks) NBA superstar whom many basketball analysts believe is but a shadow of his old glory?
What about the Miami Heat franchise? Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders has an interesting suggestion which could work both ways - Carmelo Anthony in exchange for Justise Winslow and Josh McRoberts (assuming the latter exercises his $6 million player option for 2017-18).
While the Miami Heat franchise was unable to barge into the NBA Playoffs once again, remember that they went 30-11 during the second half of the regular season. Only the Golden State Warriors (33-9) surpassed their feat in the entire league
As Beers suggested, "Miami would be able to trot out a starting five that included Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Anthony, and Hassan Whiteside, with Tyler Johnson coming off the bench. The issue for Miami is that they would not only have to part with Winslow, but they'd also have to use most of their coveted cap space to absorb Melo's contract."
Back in April days after the end of the regular season, ESPN's Amin Elhassan suggested during The Dan Le Batard Show that the Miami Heat must make its move to get Melo from the Knicks. Elhassan's ten cent advice to Heat president Pat Riley: Give a call to Phil Jackson once they got Chris Bosh salary of the books.
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