Carmelo Anthony: Can Detroit Pry the Unhappy Forward from the New York Knicks?
Carmelo Anthony is unhappy with his role with the New York Knicks, and he's frustrated with coach Mike D’Antoni.
With the sudden emergence of guard Jeremy Lin, Anthony is finding himself to be the odd man out. The brutal media in New York is all over the situation as the Knicks have lost six straight games, dropping to 2-8 with both Lin and Anthony in the lineup.
Maybe Joe Dumars and the Pistons can put together a deal to get the player that they should have drafted back in 2003.
Tayshaun Prince would give the Knicks an inexpensive small forward that will fit in D'Antoni’s offense and not complain about is role. He will play his position without demanding shots or looking for the offense to run through him.
The Pistons could put Jason Maxiel and maybe even throw in Austin Daye. A young, tall perimeter shooter that doesn’t play much defense also happens to be a very good fit for D'Antoni’s offense.
Anthony might not want to come to Detroit—but then again, he will get all the shots he wants with the Pistons as the lone superstar. Maybe he will want to get out the drama of New York and go back to doing what he loves to do—put up numbers.
The Pistons are not a very alluring team right now, but they do have the makings of a solid young backcourt in Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey.
Pairing Anthony with power forward/center Greg Monroe would be the foundation for a solid frontcourt as well. The Pistons can add a center in this years draft and suddenly have a very solid young lineup with a bright future.
For the Knicks, it could be a case of addition by subtraction. Even before Linsanity, Carmelo and Amare Stoudemire did not have good chemistry. Prince is the type of savvy veteran that could help balance the lineup out, at an affordable price.
For the Pistons, it is a chance to add a superstar that should have been in Detroit since day one. It’s a chance for Dumars to make up for his tremendous mistake while making himself and this team relevant again.
Get on the phone Joe!
Update: As per ESPN.com, Mike D'Antoni has resigned from New York.
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