Could you imagine a world where Lebron James had both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George at his sides to take on the Golden State Super Team (or as people like to call them the Warriors)?
Anthony revealed on Friday that both him and George were destined to be shipped to the Cavaliers in what is presumed to have been a three-team deal between the Cavs, Knicks, and Pacers. Anthony appeared on Sirius XM radio and gave his take on the potential super-team trade:
“Me and PG have a very close friendship. Actually, it was funny because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night. we were communicating about that. The deal was actually done and it got called off on draft night, so me and PG stayed connected throughout the course of the season.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 26, 2017
This would have literally changed every storyline going into the 2018-19 NBA season. It’s likely that both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving would have been traded, and yes there probably would have been grumblings from Irving to be separated from Lebron’s shadow. But those grumblings would have been just a footnote.
Even if the Cavs lose Irving, the trade would have prompted Dwayne Wade to ask for his $8 million buyout and join Lebron for another title run, so the Cavs wouldn’t have to worry about the point guard position for the most part.
Inevitably, the Cavaliers would go into the 2018 NBA Finals with James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and D-Wade. Four guys that combine for 39 All-Star games played, four Finals MVPs, and four regular-season MVPs (we’re sure you can figure who owns most of those MVPs).
The fact that this trade didn’t go down should make Lebron more pissed off than anyone at the Cavaliers’ front office. This story from Anthony proves that the Cavaliers letting go of GM David Griffin two days before the draft probably played a key role in why this trade didn’t go through.
James was close with David Griffin and knew that he was doing everything in his power to assemble the right pieces around him for another bout with Golden State in 2018. It’s a bit absurd to get rid of your GM after three straight NBA Finals appearances, and even more absurd if he was in the middle of pulling the trigger on a blockbuster trade.
Ironically both George and Anthony get shipped to Oklahoma City in two separate trades that really were one-sided deals. In total, the Thunder gave up four players and a second-round draft pick to get both All-Stars. It goes without saying that the Cavaliers are probably kicking their own rear-ends by now and wondering how the hell their deal didn’t go down.
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— The Knicks Fix (@theknicksfix) September 19, 2017
For starters try harder next time to not fire your GM in the middle of a crucial deal…
The Cavs probably would have given up less in the mega-deal considering they could have moved both Irving and Love (both who were substantially better than any player dealt by OKC).
The Cavs’ front office really missed the boat on this deal. They had the assets and a team built to win now and could have punched their ticket to the Finals for the next three or four years. In the present day, the Cavaliers are a good team and likely going to the Finals again, but it’s uncertain that they can still outlast the Warriors in a seven-game series.
But had the deal gone down, you would have to give the advantage to the Cavs with Lebron, George, and Anthony.