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Time To Move On Carmelo

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It’s time to move on, Carmelo. Time to move on from thinking you’re a franchise player capable of carrying a team, time to move on from playing isolation basketball, and it’s definitely time to move on from the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson.

Let’s tell it how it is. At this, point Melo is only holding back Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks. It’s rumored that Anthony will only waive his no-trade clause in his contract for two teams- the Clippers and the Cavs. I get it. Who doesn’t want to play with Chris Paul or LeBron James? I get that they’re two of his best friends but honestly, who really wants to play with Carmelo (hold the ball for the duration of the shot clock) Anthony?

Carmelo is undoubtedly one of the premier scorers in NBA history. With ability to score from anywhere, Carmelo is very much still an offensive threat. The former number 3 overall pick, thanks to Darko Milicic and the Pistons, is a good rebounder, a capable passer, and a capable defender. Keep in mind I said capable… not so willing. When the Syracuse star is in a position where the players around him are on his level, he seems to pick up the worst parts of his game. He seems to always be the best player on Team USA and puts his ego behind him. If Carmelo ever wants a ring, he has to let that ego go all-in-all.

I’m not going to even acknowledge the Cleveland trade scenario because I don’t think there is the slightest chance that ever happens. The Clippers is a little more likely. With Blake Griffin not being able to shake his injury bug, it may be in interest of the CP3 ran Clips to make a deal to make a push in the playoffs and challenge the Warriors. The ideal landing spot and the most realistic for Melo in my opinion is the Celtics.

I know they aren’t on his rumored list, but it keeps him in the East and gives him his best chance to at least make a conference finals. The trade would have to include Jae Crowder (if you follow him on twitter and caught his rampage than you know he doesn’t care) and Marcus Smart for sure in my opinion. Even with those two, there would be more work to be done to make it work financially. A team of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Carmelo, Al Horford, and Amir Johnson could really give teams fits in the east.

At the end of the day, these are all make-believe situations and just options that could become reality. Forget the Cavs, it isn’t happening. Melo just needs to waive that no-trade clause and move on. Averaging 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists, Anthony is still an all-star player but his skill is diminishing as he’s shooting the lowest percentage of his career from the field. Time to let go and move on.