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Rumor: Knicks, Clippers have had ‘internal discussions’ about a Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin trade

Jan 4, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

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Apologies in advance for even bringing this up, because this isn’t a report of anything actually happening between two teams.

But a sourced report appearing on one of the leading national websites involving two of the game’s biggest stars — Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony, to be precise — requires comment here. So, with that out of the way, let’s get to the very shaky details.

From Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:

With the looming possibility of Carmelo Anthony departing New York as a free agent this summer, New York Knicks officials have discussed proposing a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers for Blake Griffin, according to league sources.

Sources say Clippers management also has had internal discussions about such a deal but that the clubs have not yet spoken to one another about a potential trade.

As of now, neither team is certain it would make an Anthony-for-Griffin trade, the sources said.

Did you get all that? To summarize:

- One team internally “discussed proposing a trade” to another.

- The second team also has had “internal discussions” about the same deal.

- The teams have not spoken to each other, and neither is sure of its actual interest in said trade.

Why are we here, again?

The Clippers have an irrationally high value of Griffin — not only is he a legitimate All-Star talent that seems to be improving season by season, but he’s the one top draft choice the team has made in its long and mostly miserable history that has actually worked out.

L.A. would have zero interest in trading him for Anthony straight up, not only for this reason, but also because Griffin is only 24 and in just his fourth NBA season. Anthony is 29 and in his 11th season, and will require a four- or five-year max contract that will take him into the twilight of his career.

The Knicks would have to offer a lot more than Anthony in exchange for Griffin for the Clippers to stop laughing long enough to be able to say no. But as the report noted, the teams haven’t even had an initial conversation.

  1. jburk003 - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    00maltliquor

    Hahahahah. Thanks for the good laugh.

    Are you really going to try and compare the game of Shaq, a first ballot hall of famer, to Blake Griffins??! NOT even close.

    Funny joke.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      I would never be that blasphemous! But apparently you have a reading comprehension issue.

  2. breezytoocold123 - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    This is probably one of the dumbest trade talks that I’ve heard so far this year. Blake Griffin for Melo really????

  3. sportsfan18 - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    The writer of this article says, “Why are we here, again?”

    We are here because other writers and yourself and writing and posting articles that say this. THAT is how we got here.

    Writers of websites need to write and post articles and they need to be ones that generate clicks.

    So who cares if neither team has discussed this with another team. That has nothing to do with posting an article and generating clicks for sponsors.

    I mean, this author admitted as much be asking “Why are we here, again?” in his OWN article.

    Oh well, it’s how things are today in journalism, all of it, not just sports journalism.

  4. cantonbound13 - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Felton & Melo for Griffin, do it NY!

  5. mnwildfan15 - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Kind of make sense dump griffin now and grab love when he leaves next year

  6. addict2sport - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Broussard is a poor excuse for a journalist. He throws rumors supported by “sources” against the wall and hope one sticks so he can claim breaking news.

  7. thetooloftools - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    See. Anthony no longer has marquee value in New York City and Anthony ZERO leadership skills as his own teammates know he takes nights off and overall just doesn’t care. I wouldn’t trade for him and a max deal would be completely out of the question.
    What has he proved to earn it?

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