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Why A Carmelo Anthony-Kevin Love Swap Might (And Might Not) Work

Weighing the pros and cons of the rejected blockbuster trade
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jan 27, 2017
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Reports of the Cleveland Cavaliers turning down an offer from the New York Knicks to straight-up trade Carmelo Anthony for Kevin Love sent the basketball world abuzz recently.

Although it shouldn't come as a surprise, with the said news blowing up at a time when both teams are reeling (the reigning champions have lost three straight; Knickerbockers being Knickerbockers), with LeBron James begging for—in his own words—a f*cking playmaker.

The deal may not have pushed through, but sports pundits have assessed the ramifications of the proposed swap. FHM weighs in on the matter and conjures up a world where Anthony and James form (arguably) the best forward pairing in NBA history, and Love is throwing touchdown passes to Kristaps Porzingis.


Hall-of-Famer? No-brainer

Clearly, you can never go wrong with one of best offensive players of this basketball generation. We all know how teaming up with the fourth (Dwyane Wade) and fifth (Chris Bosh) picks of the loaded 2003 NBA Draft turned out for LeBron, now imagine him joining forces with the one who went right after him—we're not counting Darko Milicic, sorry.

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Passing of the torch

Shipping Carmelo will finally allow Phil Jackson to rest the franchise squarely on the shoulders of their unicorn Porzingis. Also, Love is relatively younger than Anthony, so the former could be one of the franchise's building blocks, or be worth more assets for the future. A rebuild is inevitable.

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Half a banana (boat crew)

Safe to say, Cleveland will be the place where the super team would assemble if Anthony and James end up being together. General manager David Griffin may have to give up most of the current roster to acquire Wade and Chris Paul, but he'd be lying if he said he won't do everything in his power to make it happen.




Remember Kevin's first year as a Cavalier? Under the bright lights of New York, the growing pains—like when he was starting out in Cleveland—are ought to hit harder. In Carmelo's case, it will be interesting to see how he fares alongside two superstars, one better (LeBron) and another who may have gotten better than him (Kyrie).

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At the end of the day, the Cavaliers still didn't solve their point guard problem (at least according to James). They simply gained another player who demands the rock and is infamous for his ball-stopping tendencies. Is Cleveland that desperate to be willing in sacrificing system for talent? The King said it best: "What we got in here, we gotta play. Can’t play fantasy basketball."


We have a feeling that the completion of such deal will set off yet another firestorm from those who are against super teams. While it might not be deemed as unfair as Kevin Durant signing up with the Golden State Warriors, the move is sure to stir doubts on the NBA's overall competitiveness. Not to mention the amount of hate that LeBron will get, despite having little to do with it.


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