1. Carmelo would go to a team in a major media market where he's still the alpha dog.
Given La La Vazquez's (Carmelo's wife) status in the entertainment industry, a move to L.A. not only satisfies her need to be in a major metropolitan media market, but also sets up Carmelo with a plethora of endorsement chances—especially if the Clippers start making deep runs into the playoffs.
'Melo may want NYC, but L.A. can't be considered a bad fallback plan.
2. Carmelo has a better chance to win championships with the Clippers than any other rumored team.
Sorry Knicks fans, but Amar'e Stoudemire and the crap stew that would surround him and Carmelo in the event of a trade just isn't cutting it. Regardless of whether the Clips have to part with Eric Gordon in a Carmelo deal, the team's young core is strong enough to take losing the promising young shooting guard. Imagine lineup of Davis-Foye-Melo-Griffin-Kaman. That's a lineup with three All-Stars, one potential superstar, and, um, Randy Foye.
Foye isn't scaring anyone, but he's still better than whatever cast the Knicks can offer.
3. Carmelo-to-LA creates a potentially great L.A. v. L.A. rivalry.
Let's be honest, Los Angeles has always been and always will be a Lakers city. But the arrival of Carmelo will at least get the juices flowing in rivalry deader than Gary Coleman. What, too soon?
We know Kobe Bryant is already motivated by the Super Best Friends Club in Miami, but imagine the hellacious terror he's going to go on if another superstar arrives in his city.
Don't get me wrong, the Clips-Lakers rivalry probably will never be Brooklyn Dodgers v. New York Giants, but unlike Montana Fishburne's mainstream acting career, it at least has a chance.