The countdown to the NBA trading deadline is quickly approaching all zeros and so far the Cavs have yet to make a move. However, there have been grumblings that involve the Cavs in a “major move” that would involve a major influx of talent to the Cavs roster. Those were the exact word of former Cavs beat writer and current ESPN beat writer Brian Windhorst. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to provide any names of the players involved in this possible trade because it’s been kept that secretive. Whether or not this supposed trade comes to fruition on Thursday, we’ll have to wait and find out.
Whether or not the Cavs make a major move to bring talent in, it’s almost guaranteed that there will be a move to take talent off of the roster. It’s been reported that both Anthony Parker and Antawn Jamison may be on the move. Apparently both the Celtics and Bulls are interested in the services of Parker. The Bulls are also in talks of acquiring Courtney Lee from Houston so moving Parker is not a lock just yet. Last week it was reported that the Hornets were interested in acquiring Jamison, but with their pending acquisition of Carl Landry from Sacramento for Marcus Thornton it now seems unlikely any deal with New Orleans is likely to take place.
Besides those two moves and the mystery move there’s not much else going on concerning the Cavaliers, which is a shame. The Cavs need draft picks. Standing pat and holding on to the current collection of Cavs isn’t good. Yes, there are a few contracts coming off the books, but who is going to sign here? No one, that’s who. The Cavs need to use their $14 million trade exception and acquire an impact player before it goes to waste. They already missed out on being involved on the Carmello sweepstakes where draft picks were flying around left and right. Will it happen? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Carmello Anthony is a Knick… finally!
The trade negotiations that had seemingly held all of America hostage are finally over. And not a moment too soon. I thought for a second there I was going to develop Stockholm Syndrome. Who I was going to feel sorry for I’m not exactly sure considering all the parties involved were equally shady, but thankfully it never got to that point.
But what do we make of all of this? Will it work? Will the Melo and Amare Stoudemire beable to coexist? Does Melo’s game fit in with Mike D’antoni’s run and gun offense? Can Chauncey Billups, a point guard known for slowing down the pace and controlling the half court set, excel in the 7 seconds or less offense? Did the Knicks give up too much? Are they a contender starting today?
That’s a lot of questions.
I’ve listened to all of the analysis and all the tv and radio debates. I’ve dissected this trade up and down with my best friend. Our conclusion… This is going to be really, really good, or really, really bad. There won’t be any in between.
The Knicks gave up 3/5 of there starting lineup to get Melo. They now have an aging point guard that doesn’t excel in this type of system. Amare functions best in a pick and roll scenario. Melo excels in isolation sets and is considered a ball stopper. Is any of that a recipe for success? It’s really hard to think so, at least initially. It’s going to take time for this to come together for the Knicks. Of course I could be completely wrong about it, so who knows. All I know is that my initial thought was eeeeeeeeegh…
However, if the Knicks do hold on to a playoff spot they are going to be a very scary team to face in the playoffs, even if Carmello Anthony holds the second worst playoff record among all active players with a 36% winning percentage. Ouch. That’s not good.
So we’re going to have to wait and see what happens. Fortunately the Cavs will get to be one of, if not the first team to play the new look New York Knicks. They’ll be in town on Friday.