Knickerbock wrote:Would Miami want to dump Chris Bosh's contract..? I see that Miami is not very interested in building through the draft.. But would they want Carmelo Anthony ..?
I think his contract is going to come off the Heat cap.
Unless he agrees to retire (he has not) AND the retirement qualifies for 'career ending injury' (highly debatable right now) Bosh's contract is not coming off the Heat's cap (nor the cap of the team trading for him).
And in order for his retirement to be classified under 'career ending injury' it would require all of the following:
1. the player to actually be willing to retire (Bosh has not and continues to insist he's not retiring),
2. for a doctor to confirm that his condition is indeed career ending (to this point no medical professional has indicated it is as far as I have been able to determine),
3. for the league to agree to it (the league will not easily agree to this as they would be responsible for flipping the bill),
4. for the players association to agree to it (which, if Bosh refuses to retire they certainly will not agree to).
I would imagine that the Knicks would have to take Bosh back. Miami's ownership doesn't have deep pockets. They have been trying to get Bosh to agree to head down the 'career ending injury' path because they want his salary removed from their cap to save money (he's basically a deadweight contract from their standpoint). And this (taking Bosh's contract back) may not be a big deal for NY if they are willing to come to terms with the reality that no impact free agent is going to sign with them which means they won't really need to relieve cap space in an Anthony trade. Also the Knicks are one of the few teams that can take deadweight contracts on and not have an issue with from a financial standpoint. Of course this assumes that there's actually a reason for the Knicks to take Bosh's contract and basically just carry it for 2 more years...they need to get assets from Miami.
If we take McRoberts back they could potentially have the same team that went on the winning streak last year, but Melo instead of Dion Waiters who played well but also only played in 46 game total for them and might get a very large contract from the 76ers to play for his hometown of Philly.
Melo is a 2 year contract, so its not to long of a contract if it doesn't work out, though I think that lineup fits exactly what Melo needs to thrive, a PG like Dragic who can get easy transition points so Melo can score easy 3's as a trailer and in the half court Dragic can be a reliable a 3 pt shooter Melo can pass to if he tries to post up. A defensive center like Whiteside that would keep opponents from driving pass Melo, so all Melo would have to guard against is opponents shooting. Hell even James Johnson works with Melo because he can guard the better opposing Wing player and Melo can play PF on offense and SF on defense if he wants. Short term the Heat win that trade by a mile and should be a mid to high seed playoff team. Also add in all the perks from living Miami and the storyline of Melo going there and playing against both Wade's Bulls and Lebron's Cavs games will be must see TV. Melo would likely thrive there and Riley probably knows that. Its just Riley is also a liar, which makes him a good poker player. Though he did say he was open to trades to make the team better.
#14, Winslow and McRoberts on the other hand could in the long term work best for the knicks. Winslow offensively is.... tragic, but he is a good defender and passer. If he can develop an outside shot he is as good a 3&D player as you can ask for in the triangle due to his passing ability. He is young enough maybe that he can become better offensively and he'll see minutes at starting SF as Melo's replacement. As for Pick 14 its not great (Riley called it a purgatory pick I believe) but its another asset to either draft or possibly flip into a future 2018 pick or another asset. McRoberts would be another Big to spell Willy and KP through the season and might make Kyle a little more disposable for a separate trade. If the plan is to rebuild for the future it could really pay off in 2-3 seasons.
Anthony could be a good fit depending on what Riley wants. And yep, Riley, unlike Jackson, never let's the outside world know what he really wants to do (see "Big 3") and often says one thing and does another. As far as the package? That may be a bit high. I think you're looking at the Knicks need to take Bosh (who makes about the same as Anthony over the next 2 seasons) if you want to talk about Winslow and the #14.