Why Kyrie to the Knicks Makes the Most Sense

In usual Knicks fan fashion, I’ve already talked myself into thinking something good can actually happen to the team. But I think getting Kyrie to the Mecca of Basketball can become a reality. Here’s what it would take:

Scenario 1: Knicks and Cavs Only

Knicks Get: Irving, Iman Shumpert

Cavs Get: Carmelo Anthony, Frank Ntilikina, Knicks’ 2018 2nd round pick

Scenario 2: Knicks, Cavs and Bulls

Knicks Get: Irving, Iman Shumpert

Cavs Get: Carmelo Anthony, Frank Ntilikina, Dwyane Wade

Bulls Get: Kevin Love

Scenario 3: Knicks, Cavs and Suns

Knicks Get: Irving, Tyson Chandler

Cavs Get: Carmelo Anthony, Eric Bledsoe

Suns Get: Kevin Love, Frank Ntilikina

Personally, I think all three trades work for all parties involved. Why would the Knicks want Irving? The guy is a stud capable of carrying the scoring load for a team. We saw just how good he can be in the NBA Finals the last two years. Paired with Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks would have one of the most exciting young duos in the league, and their most talented since Patrick Ewing and John Starks. Would it make them instant contenders in the East? No. But it would hopefully begin to get other players to actually want to come play in New York.

The Bulls or Suns would love to add a player of Love’s caliber. The Bulls would likely have no problem parting with Wade for him, and the Suns have been shopping Bledsoe.

Some may think the Cavaliers, however, are getting shortchanged in these deals. I disagree. Irving requesting a trade has all but ensured LeBron will leave Cleveland next summer. However, getting Anthony would be their best shot at keeping him around.

The two have been pals for years, and have discussed teaming up, along with Wade and Chris Paul, for years. Getting Melo (and potentially Wade if the Bulls are involved) could get LeBron to want to stay and create his “Banana Boat” superteam in Cleveland for the next few years. Paul could even join them in 2018, if his season with James Harden and the Rockets doesn’t go as expected. Would a team of LeBron, Melo, Wade, and CP3 all on the wrong side of 30 be ideal for beating the Warriors? No, but neither is a 2nd-year Lonzo Ball and a 3rd-year Brandon Ingram. The only better scenario I could see for LeBron in 2018 is if Paul George and Russell Westbrook follow him to the Lakers, or if he decides to join the Spurs, but I don’t see either happening. Of course, this is all dependent on whether or not Melo waives his no-trade clause to team up with his buddy LeBron in the first place.

Bottom line, if the Knicks get Kyrie without giving up Porzingis or any future first-round picks, they shouldn’t hesitate. As a Knicks fan, I already have my hopes too high. Let’s make #Kyrie2NYK a reality, guys!

Damn.

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