Didn't realize Carmelo has a trade kicker but he has the option to waive it. They've already shown they'll pay luxury tax. Standing pat is just going to mean more beat downs in the finals until Lebron gets too old. I could have just suggested Love for Cousins but I don't think that is good enough to make them competitive with GSW. I'll think some more on it but why don't you take up the challenge to make the Cavs competitive with GSW.
The Cavs also can't trade a 1st until 2022 and they're over the luxury tax line. Definitely not easy to do but how about something like this:
The Cavs need to figure out some way to acquire Cousins. You've got to hurt GSW inside and keep them from going small ball. For the conspiracy theorists, Thompson for Cousins and NOP miraculously gets the #1 pick in next year's draft from the 10th worst record.
It would definitely be awesome for their chances if they did, but does any team in the league have less trade able assets than them? They have 1 player under 25 on their roster. That is hard to do in the NBA. By comparison, the Warriors have 4 including guys like Mccaw or Looney that you could at least envision having a future in the league.
So they have to trade one of their big 3 basically... Does that happen?
Cavs get: Cousins, Carmelo
Cavs lose: Love, Thompson
Knicks get: Love
Knicks lose: Carmelo and #8
NOP gets: Thompson and #8
NOP loses: Cousins
Why Cavs do it: GSW is giving them a public whipping. They're old with no young assets or picks to get better. They've got to stir things up to have a chance against GSW.
Why Knicks do it: Love is a star with 2 years and a player option on a pretty good contract. Porzingis should be playing at the 5 anyway. Carmelo would probably accept a trade to the Cavs. WooHoo!!!
Why NOP does it: Cousins could walk after next season. Thompson is on a good 3 year contract. At least one of Monk, Isaac and Smith should be available with the #8 pick.
Cousins becomes a FA, so Cavs will have to pay him A TON to keep him after next season, and adding Carmelo as well seems like overkill to that cap space.
What is that.. a 200M Payroll?
Thompson and Love together combined make like 38M/Year. Melo alone is going to be 30M/Year with the trade kicker lol.
Would Kyrie for Jrue Holiday and Cousins work? Who says no?
I thought about that but Jrue Holiday is free agent so he's most likely to be making 20M+. It would have to be done as a sign and trade with Jrue. Not sure if that puts any limits on the trade. The team salary would be similar to my Cousins and Carmelo proposal.
I simulated Jrue getting 22M. At that amount, Jrue and Cousins for Irving and Thompson would work. I just don't think Love is that useful against GSW especially if they have Cousins. What they really need is Cousins and someone relatively cheap to help guard Durant.
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