CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers Want Carmelo Anthony: But How About Their Defense?

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 07/17/17 04:53AM EDT

Portland Trail Blazer star CJ McCollum doesn't need to directly say he wants Carmelo Anthony as part of their campaign next season. All he needs to do is post the 33-year ten-time All-Star wearing the familiar black, red and white Trail Blazers jersey.

In his latest Instagram post, McCollum backed up his team's desire to be included on the teams for which Melo is willing to waive his no-trade clause. Currently, Melo has two teams in mind - the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets, in which the latter reportedly has the upper hand.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, in working to facilitate a multi-team trade that will make Melo waive his no-trade clause, the Knicks and the Rockets need support from the Portland Trail Blazers. However, the Trail Blazers front office will only participate in a deal if he considers the team to be included on the team he wants.

"Portland believes the addition of a player such as Anthony would furnish it with talent and depth comparable to those of the top Western Conference contenders, except for the Golden State Warriors," Woj wrote. "Because of that, the Blazers have little, if any, inclination to facilitate an Anthony deal that would land him with a Western Conference rival such as Houston, league sources said."

However, it looks like the Houston Rockets front office is determined to land Carmelo Anthony in the hopes of pairing him up with NBA MVP runner-up James Harden. The same goes with Melo, league sources are saying that the Brooklyn native is keen on playing with the Rockets this coming season.

Offense or Defense

However, the backcourt tandem of Damian Lillard and McCollum has been considered to be one of the worst in the league last season, according to CBS Sports, allowing 108.1 points per 100 possessions. Unfortunately, adding Melo in the lineup will give the coaching staff a big headache on the defensive side as the latter is considered to be one of the worst individual defenders in the league, according to NBA statistics.

But then this would also mean having three great scorers - Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and if possible, Carmelo Anthony. Now, will this be enough to beat the Golden State Warriors as the next Western Conference champions?

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