Report: Cleveland Cavaliers Could Explore Sign-and-Trade for Carmelo Anthony

Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have their new head coach in David Blatt, it’s time for the franchise to turn their attention to improving the product on the court. With a ton of talented youngsters, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft next week and a lot of money under the salary cap, this could be a big offseason for the Cavs. 

Sam Amico of Fox Sports is reporting that Cleveland could very well explore a sign-and-trade with the New York Knicks for All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, who is likely to opt out of his contract later this month.

It remains to be seen whether this interest would be to lure native son LeBron James back to Ohio, but we already know how much Anthony and James would like to play together. In terms of the financials, Cleveland is one of the few teams that could make this work.

With a young core that includes Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Triston Thompson, Anthony Bennett and Tyler Zeller, the Cavs have enough pieces to offer New York in a potential Anthony sign-and-trade. Pure conjecture here, but a combination of Waiters, an early second next week and future picks could very well be the package.

Back to LeBron for a second. Some might think that teaming up with Anthony and Irving as well as whoever Cleveland selects No. 1 overall could very well be a more attractive option than returning to an aging Miami Heat team. I cannot believe that last sentence was actually submitted through my keyboard, but just think about it for a second.

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