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Carmelo Anthony calls Clippers trade rumors “stupid and silly”

Jan 6, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

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Maybe with this we can put the entire thing to bed. Please.

Carmelo Anthony is not getting traded to the Clippers for Blake Griffin and anyone telling you otherwise is selling something. The two sides have not even discussed this idea. It doesn’t matter if Chris Paul wants him or not.

Don’t take my words for it, here is what ‘Melo himself said when asked about the rumors, as reported at Newsday.

“There’s always trade rumors to try and get [me and Paul] together,” Anthony said. “It never happened … It was stupid and silly.”

The Knicks should have some concern that they are going to lose Carmelo Anthony this summer (it seems the people around ‘Melo are pushing that line of thinking) but their long term plan remains to re-sign him this summer. If you are going to get him in a trade, you have to blow the Knicks’ doors off.

The Clippers aren’t going to do that. Doc Rivers said as much. Griffin is an All-Star forward at age 24 whose game is still improving — and it’s a game that is a much better pick-and-roll fit on offense with CP3 than ‘Melo. The Clippers need consistent defense up front, that’s not what Anthony brings to the table.

Plus, after years of messed up draft picks Griffin is the one the Clippers nailed. He is the focus of their marketing campaign, he’s wildly popular with Clipper fans. Los Angeles isn’t moving him for ‘Melo. Or really anyone else.

Nothing to see here people, move along.

  1. thekingdave - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Nothing to see here, yet you’ve dedicated more than one post to the subject. Hypocrisy anybody?

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    The Knicks should do this in a heartbeat, but of course it’s not even an option.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    “But can you put in a good word for me”?

  4. mogogo1 - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    A trade where absolutely everybody would lose. Both teams would go backwards and both players would be worse off. Carmelo wouldn’t fit at all with what the Clippers do, Griffin is far more effective with CP passing him the ball than he would be with Raymond Felton doing it, and how exactly would the Knicks make up for losing Melo’s scoring? (Say what you want to about him and his faults, but he’s one of the very few guys out there who can score from anywhere on the floor.)

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Blake Griffin did just fine with Baron Davis and Mo Williams. He doesn’t need CP3 to look good.

  5. Wammy Giveaway - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I don’t think these rumors are ever going to end. In fact, this is only going to escalate until the trade deadline arrives. But there is a silver lining to this trade rumor.

    All of us, myself included, have criticized Blake Griffin of his approach to the game of basketball. Clipper fans love him; the whole world hates him and the Clippers for his fake toughness, lack of fundamentals, ability to rig games, and afraid of getting physical to the point of reigniting a Malice At The Palace. These major concerns all translated into a Christmas letdown where Griffin was ejected from the game against the Warriors following a tussle with Andrew Bogut. The Warriors knew of his first T with Draymond Green, and with Mark Jackson’s knowledge of Griffin’s mental weakness, took full advantage of it and proved to the world that Griffin is a fake and could easily be taken advantage of. It is because of that game that the talks of Griffin for Melo exist in the first place. The Clippers want revenge on the Warriors for humiliating them on Christmas night, on national television. Chris Paul’s recent injury is just the icing on the cake.

    For the next six weeks, Blake Griffin will be put to the ultimate test. He has to prove not just to the world, but to the Clipper fanbase that he can carry a team, that his game has improved, and that he is a true superstar. Bill Simmons said in a Clipper preview that if Griffin does not improve and they continue to lose, he will be traded to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love. I even suggested that he could be traded to the Thunder (back home) for Kevin Durant. This Melo talk is more than just a rumor: it’s a panic move.

    Griffin has always felt comfortable being a sidekick to CP3. But with Paul out, he is forced to become the man. If he can keep the ship afloat from now until the All Star Break, Griffin remains a Clipper. If not, he will definitely be traded at the deadline.

    • imakcds - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      I agree with many of the points of your post, and I am not a Griffin fan, but I just don’t see Griffin getting traded. He still has plenty of upside, mostly needed in the cajones dept.

      • Wammy Giveaway - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        I love that word “cajones.” First time I heard it was in The Simpsons Movie, gave me quite a chuckle hearing that word said by Homer Simpson.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      “I even suggested that he could be traded to the Thunder (back home) for Kevin Durant.”

      Thunders might need a new GM. Someone told Sam Presti this and he died of laughter.

    • bougin89 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      “I even suggested that he could be traded to the Thunder (back home) for Kevin Durant.”

      How did you possibly rationalize that trade?

      • Wammy Giveaway - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        The Lakers are the biggest threat to get Kevin Durant in two years. You know how much the Lakers want to be invincible again. He’s hungry for a title, and he wants revenge on the Miami Heat for losing to the invincible LeBron James in the NBA Finals. But the Lakers don’t have the right assets to trade for him; the Clippers do. And it may not even be a draft pick.

        Griffin’s birthplace is Edmond, a member of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The chance to play for his home city and be relieved of the championship pressure could be the ultimate lure into convincing Sam Presti to ceding Kevin Durant. Durant is a member of Team USA who has played with Chris Paul, and understands the pressure of winning. Griffin is young, and will get his shot someday.

        But be warned: trading Blake Griffin for Kevin Durant is a last resort move. It all depends on how the Clippers perform for the next six weeks, and if they can claim Andrew Bynum first before the Miami Heat do.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        OKC would not trade Durant for anyone, Griffin included. Trust me.

      • bougin89 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        Trading Kevin Durant would be the absolute last resort move for the Thunder. And idiotic at that.

        The Thunder have Kevin Durant locked up for two more years AFTER this season. Why would they trade Durant for less than 100% value when they have all the leverage, it makes absolutely no sense.

  6. 00maltliquor - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Yeah of course, what else is he gonna say? You know deep down inside he was disappointed to learn it was just a rumor.

  7. 00maltliquor - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    carmelo anthony is better then blake griffin

    • yournuts - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      SOOOO MUCH BETTER.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Ah, it’s a toss up honestly and depends on what the teams needs are. Blake still has a ton of room to grow and Melo is what Melo is, but potential gets people fired when it’s not realized. Blake seems to be getting better at what he needs to be getting better at (basically his jumper).

      • aboogy123456 - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Melo is what Melo is, which is a legit nba superstar. Last season, after the summer olympics, Melo became the best player I’ve seen him be. He’s 29 but he has at least 5 more superstar years left, it’s not like he’s getting old. There’s a difference between stars like Griffin, and guys who can change a game like Melo.

        Just because blake is young it doesn’t mean his ceiling is that high. He’s a very athletic player, but what happens if he loses that athleticism? He doesn’t have a lot of potential on defense, because he’s kind of short for a 4 and he doesn’t have great length. He can learn how to shoot better, he can improve his post moves, but not much else.

        So if your’e the clippers, you don’t want to trade for melo because you have a player who one day, if you’re lucky, might be as good as Melo? come on.

    • money2long - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:54 AM

      lol oh malt. you and your quips

  8. bucrightoff - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Translation: Please get me out of here.

  9. antistratfordian - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    If I recall correctly, no one said the teams were actually talking with each other – just that they were have “internal discussions” of some sort – something which Anthony would be unaware of.

    And Doc Rivers – he’s a BS master – basically you can’t believe a thing he says. I don’t like his body language when he answers the question either. He probably did talk with someone in Clippers management about Melo, but obviously if a trade isn’t going to happen he doesn’t want to alienate Griffin so he has to deny that as much as possible.

    In both Doc and Melo’s case they don’t just deny it – Melo called it “silly” and “stupid”, Doc called it “stupid” and “crap.” Now you can take that one of two ways – either it genuinely upsets one or both of them because it isn’t true, or that one or both are protesting too much because it hits a little too close to home.

    Doc also claims to have “no idea” where trade rumors come from. Yeah, okay. Rondo and Ray Allen are rolling their eyes with me.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      I agree 110%

  10. granadafan - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    The Clippers need team guys, not solo isolation shooters who can’t play defense.

  11. indrathegod - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Blake Griffin is the face and the future of the Clippers (we all know Paul is the alpha, however). He brings much more than just dunking entertainment and has lucrative endorsements all over..not to mention he is developing, key word. Melo has reached and surpassed his prime making him at best a second-tier star who needs a superstar to win. I’ve been saying for years that Melo is NO superstar, never has been. In my opinion, he’s the most overrated player in the league. No accountability and years later he still can’t get focused on the other end of the court which DOES NOT include putting the ball in the hoop. Find your next scapegoat Melo, you won’t find it in the Clippers.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      I agree Melo is overrated, but his playoff career isn’t pointed out like Lebron’s was because we really don’t expect Melo to be one of the greatest of all time. He is what he is, and I think the vast majority of people understand that.

    • aboogy123456 - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Since when did Melo begin regressing? Everybody needs help to win in this league, and Melo isn’t getting any in NY.

  12. money2long - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    i wonder if one polled the all stars coming up in the 2014 game in regards to who was better between the two athletes, grif n melo, i wonder what the 22 players would say. subtracted out melo and blake for obvious reasons. i think all you guys are aware now im done with the internet world’s opinion on melo. it’s become farfetched. i’d rather hear what their colleagues believe.

  13. 1historian - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    There is also always the possibility that Helin made up the story just to get some ink and see his name out there in cyberland.

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