Hindsight is always 20/20 — the Cavaliers should have done the Irving-for-George swap, straight up. But in that moment, the Cavaliers wanted a James-Irving-George trio to play with the Warriors on the perimeter.
That’s the most ideal trio for the Cavs, so it makes sense for them not to make that move. But the Cavaliers set themselves up for this by not having exit meetings to end the season.
And maybe the most essential part of all this is Anthony has to want to go to Oklahoma City. It’s not a secret that, at some point in his career, he wants to play with the banana boat crew of Chris Paul, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade. Oklahoma City doesn’t have any of those players and they aren’t going to.
It’s tough to see this going down. The two sides could always try to get a third team involved, but that’s always difficult to orchestrate. It’s a possibility, but I wouldn’t call it a likely one.
Anthony would be a good fit in Oklahoma City. He gives them the spacing and versatility they need on the wing to have an actual threat as a small ball power forward or as a scoring small forward.
The Thunder pulled a coup with Paul George because the Pacers lacked leverage. The Knicks lack the same thing here. Both sides have made it clear they’re eager for a split at this point. Anthony’s ability to reject any trade he doesn’t like is a big deal.
With two high usage players down low, Holiday doesn’t need to take many shots for the Pelicans’ offense to work. He’ll be their third option as a scorer, but will mainly have to work to distribute possessions between Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
He’s not the fastest guard, but is quick Cheap Kings Jerseys and shifty enough to get a step on his defender and drawing another. With Cheap Jordan Jerseys China two great finishers at the rim down low, dump-off passes are easy money.