When the New York Knicks traded for Carmelo Anthony five years ago they envisioned an NBA title coming to the Big Apple. Instead they got one playoff series win and multiple first round exists. The last three years have been tough on Knicks fans and Anthony as the team failed to make the playoffs the last two years and are on their way to miss the playoffs for a third straight year.
Two years ago when Anthony was a free agent he had the opportunity to sign elsewhere (Chicago or Houston) and contend for a championship ring, but instead he decided to re-sign with the Knicks for five years. His contract came with a no trade clause which he needs to waive in order for the team to trade him.
This past trade deadline their were multiple trade rumors involving Anthony being shipped either to Boston or Cleveland. As the trade talks were in the preliminary stages he came out and said he would not waive his no trade clause.
With about 10 games remaining and another losing season for the team it’s time for Anthony to waive his no trade clause and play for a contender. In this upcoming offseason the team will look to add another superstar to pair up with Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. History hasn’t been on their side in signing big named free agents as they missed out on LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Monroe last offseason. Besides free agents the team has to look for a coach as they fired Derek Fisher back in February.
Anthony shouldn’t have to sit through another free agency and watch his team strike out on trying to sign big named free agents. He should decide to waive his no trade clause and play for a chance to win an NBA championship. Not only he would be helping himself, but will also help the team acquire draft picks in which they can use to build around rookie phenomenon Kristaps Porzingis.
A possible destination where Anthony can be traded to is Los Angeles where he can team up with his buddy Chris Paul. The Knicks would possibly acquire Blake Griffin in return, but with Porzingis already at the power forward position they can trade Griffin to Boston for multiple draft picks.
This works out for both Anthony and the Knicks as he gets the opportunity to play for a contender and the team gets the draft picks which they can use to rebuild the team even more.