Fox Sports commentator Skip Bayless is on it again, giving a disrupting trade proposal for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks on Tuesday. Bayless said that the Cavaliers should now send Kevin Love to the Knicks in exchange for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks have been pursuing a trade for Love over the past several weeks.
Bayless caught a lot of attention again when he posted on Twitter that now is the perfect time for the Cavaliers to move Love for Anthony. The comment was made after the Cavaliers announced that Love will be out for the next six weeks. The All-Star power forward underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, the team announced in a statement.
The proposal from Bayless received numerous disparaging comments. While he said that the Knicks look desperate to trade Melo, some fans stated that the Knicks will look dumb if they will accept a deal involving an injured Love. Some said that the Cavaliers should just wait for Love instead of making a gamble with Melo.
Previous reports indicated that the Knicks have reached out to the Cavaliers about a trade involving Anthony. The superstar small forward is reportedly on the trading block but holds a no-trade clause. Anthony will reportedly block a trade if it will not send him to the Cavaliers or the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Cavaliers are interested in pairing Anthony with his buddy LeBron James in Cleveland, ESPN reported. However, the Cavaliers gave the Knicks their limitation. The defending champions will not pull the trigger on any deal for Anthony if it will mean giving up Love before the trade deadline.
Anthony is averaging 23.2 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Knicks. He could ease a lot of pressure on James, but the Cavaliers are firm on their stance on keeping Love. Love is having his best season in a Cavaliers uniform, averaging 20.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. The 28-year-old center was named an All-Star this season.
Channing Frye Could Start for Cleveland Cavaliers, Derrick Williams Might Stay Put
With Love out for the next six weeks, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue will likely start Channing Frye, Sporting News reported. The 33-year-old sweet-shooting forward is averaging 9.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season. He has only averaged 18.0 minutes in 46 games this season but is expected to get a huge increase in playing time.
On the other hand, Love’s injury could also be a blessing in disguise for Derrick Williams. The former second overall pick will likely get a second 10-day contract before eventually getting signed for the remainder of the season. The 25-year-old averaged 9.5 points on 83.3 percent shooting in his first two games in Cleveland.