NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Both the Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers have held internal discussions about the possibility of swapping superstar forwards Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin, according to an ESPN report.
Melo is set to become a free agent in the summer of 2014. Keeping Anthony in New York has been the Knicks’ number one priority, though that could change if the Knicks suddenly fear that Melo would opt to sign for another team in free agency.
The idea of acquiring Griffin in a blockbuster deal that sends Anthony to the Clippers would excite some Knicks fans, who feel that Melo hasn’t lived up to the hype. Melo joined the Knicks on February 22, 2011 in a multi-player trade involving the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Other Knicks fans are of the opinion that Anthony hasn’t had a chance to compete for an NBA title due to a poorly-constructed roster that lacks a second elite star to take off some of the burden placed on Melo’s shoulders.
2013-14 is Anthony’s tenth year in the NBA and his fourth with the Knicks. Griffin, 24 is five years younger than Melo. He has only played four years in the league — all with the Clippers.
Anthony is averaging 26.2 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game, while Griffin is averaging 22.1 points per game 10.6 rebounds per game.
The Clippers could be hesitant to deal away Griffin. Unless Anthony indicates he’d be willing to sign a long-term deal with Clippers, it wouldn’t make sense for Los Angeles to trade away Griffin — who is under contract for the remainder of this season and three additional years.
Could the high-flying Griffin be on his way to The Garden? Time will tell…
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