Written by: Joe Ryan
Okay so like what the hell are we waiting for?! According to Pablo Torre of ESPN, Kyrie really wants to be a New York Knick. I really don’t know what in the WORLD Kyrie is thinking, but screw it, let’s just go get him. If Kyrie wants to play for the Knicks, let’s go get him. We have the assets to acquire him.
Kyrie listed 4 teams on his preferred wish list that he wanted to be traded too. Those 4 teams included the Knicks, Heat, Timberwolves and the Spurs. But guess what? The Knicks are really the only team out of these 4 that actually have the assets to acquire Kyrie. The other teams have pieces but nothing the Cavs are looking for in return. So how can the Knicks acquire Kyrie? Let’s break in down:
Option A: The Easy Way
Cavs receive: Carmelo Anthony, Frank Ntilikina & Knicks 2018 first round pick
Knicks receive: Kyrie Irving & Channing Frye
Carmelo has a chance to reach the NBA Finals with his buddy LeBron. LeBron is happy because he gets another superstar and his best friend in Melo. The Cavs are happy because they have a future in Ntilikina and that 2018 First round pick if Melo and LeBron leave after a year. And the Knicks are happy because, well, Channing Frye is coming back! Oh, and we get Kyrie, but Kyrie is obviously just a throw in for cap purposes (that’s a joke, Relax)
Option B: The More Difficult Way (If LeBron is making the trade for the Cavs)
This is where it gets tricky. LeBron said he wasn’t going to handle the Kyrie trade, but who really believes this? Obviously LeBron wants a star player in return and since he said he won’t waive his no trade clause for “any reason”, LeBron is staying with the Cavs next year. But if he wasn’t actually controlling the trade, and the Cavs wanted to be smart, this is what they would do.
Cavs receive: Frank Ntilikina, 3 first round picks
Knicks receive: Kyrie Irving
Cavs are just banking on the future here and LeBron leaving there team next year is inevitable with this trade, but, it puts them in a good position to have a solid future in 5 years and still stay competitive. The Knicks have a really solid team now and for the future as they can send a lineup of
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Tim Haradway Jr.
SF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Willy Hermangomez
Obviously we would be in a win now situation, but find me a better starting 5 in the Eastern Conference. You can’t.
Option C: Three Way Trade
Cavs receive: Carmelo Anthony, Eric Bledsoe
Suns receive: Kevin Love, Frank Ntilikina
Knicks receive: Kyrie Irving, Tyson Chandler
Throw in a few picks here and there but that trade seems to work well. The Cavs can just slide Carmelo into the Power Forward position and start Eric Bledsoe and/or Derrick Rose. The Suns finally get their stretch 4 that they desperately need and well the Knicks obviously get Kyrie
Option D: Let’s get Wild
In my honest opinion, scenario A is the most likely fit but it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. What if another team wants to be apart of the three team trade? Is LeBron making the decisions? There is a lot to factor.
However, the most important factor is Carmelo Anthony. If he is dead set on going to Houston, then the only trade the Knicks can pull off is option B, but we wouldn’t necessarily be in a “win-now” mode per say. If Melo says he’ll go to the Cavs, the Knicks will get Kyrie Irving. If Melo wants to go to Houston, then the Knicks are out of luck, yet again,
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