Earlier tonight, I came to an epiphany. Who would be an excellent trade partner for the Cavaliers provided the right circumstance presented itself? Could the New York Knicks be a possibility? Well, if the Knicks decided that they are not going anywhere and wanted some salary flexibility, there is one team that could provide instant savings for the Knicks: Our very own Cavaliers.
I had two trade ideas for between the two teams. One is radical and the other is absurd. So, without further ado, what do you guys think? And no, I do not think any of these deals are realisticly possible, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate.
The Cleveland Cavaliers send Andrew Bynum, Earl Clark, and Alonzo Gee and a pair of second round picks to the New York Knicks in exchange for Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert.
Why this deal works:
Well, the Knicks get out from under the last year of Amare's deal for starters. Also,they can immediately waive Bynum saving them a lot of money this season. Clark and Gee both have team options for next season so the Knicks end up wiping all of Amare's 23 million off the books. In order to convince Cleveland to do this, they send out Shumpert. I added the second rounders becasue New York is so pick depraved.
Why this deal doesn't work:
Do the Cavs really want Amare's contract on the books for next season? Could it completly eliminate future flexibility?
This is the absurd one. The Cavaliers send out Andrew Bynum, Anderson Varejao, Jarrett Jack, Earl Clark, Alonzo Gee and a first round top 10 protected pick to the New York Knicks in exchange for Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
Why this trade works:
Carmelo has said he is opting out and the Knicks could get rid of Amare's contract at the same time allowing them A LOT of flexibility. Also, they get a first round pick on the pick deprived team.
Why this trade doesn't work:
Pick a reason! Any reason! In all seriousness, there are a lot of reasons this trade would never come to a reality. The Knicks would be punting. The Cavs have no commitment out of Carmelo that he would stay. But, could the Cavs run out a lineup of Kyrie, Dion, Melo, Thompson and Zeller? Or Kyrie, Dion, CJ, Melo, and Thompson? Or Kyrie, CJ, Melo, Amare, Thompson? Or could there be another trade in the works after a deal like this? What are your thoughts? It's not likely but is it so crazy that it just might work?!.....Probably not...