NBA Trade Talk: Carmelo Anthony Trade Matches If He, Jeremy Lin Can't Coexist

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NBA Trade Talk: Carmelo Anthony Trade Matches If He, Jeremy Lin Can't Coexist
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With Linsanity going full steam ahead, people have started to wonder whether Carmelo Anthony can fit into this new Knicks team featuring Jeremy Lin. I think the answer is a resounding yes. However, many seem to believe the Knicks should trade Carmelo Anthony.

So let me make it very clear. I DO NOT THINK THE KNICKS SHOULD TRADE CARMELO ANTHONY.

We all know how fun the trade machine on ESPN.com can be. If you do not then you are missing out. Here are some trades I created on the old machine. Remember that if you want to trade Anthony, you are not going to trade for a player similar Carmelo Anthony (i.e. Rudy Gay).

If you want to trade Anthony, it is because of fit and that means that any trade has to bring back either increased perimeter defense and/or increased perimeter shooting. Second, to make sure these trades straddle the line between inane and rather unlikely, you have to consider the teams that would take on Carmelo.

The teams would have to either:

1) Be willing spend enough to have a team around him (so immediately eliminate any team that won't spend over $65 million like the Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Hornets, Charlotte Bobcats, etc.).

2) Believe they are an elite offensive force away from being a contender.

3) Believe that they could not attract free agents to their teams purely based on the market and need a bona fide star to recruit other big name free agents.

Just so we are crystal clear, I don't want to trade Anthony and the chance that any of these trades happening is about 3,720 to 1. (Never tell me the actual odds.)

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