Mar 21, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks defeated the Sixers 93-92. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

What Would The Minnesota Timberwolves Look Like With Carmelo Anthony?


Wouldn’t it be nice?

Carmelo Anthony is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks.

Kevin Love says he wants to play for a winning team after playing for six years without making a playoff appearance. He hasn’t outright said that he no longer wishes to play in Minnesota.

Let’s pretend for a moment here that all Kevin Love wants is another All-Star to play with. Let’s also pretend that Carmelo Anthony wouldn’t mind playing in Minnesota. Now, let’s imagine how the Wolves would look with Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic in their starting lineup. That looks like a lot of points and some high-flying shootouts to me.

That looks like a playoff team.

The Timberwolves ranked No. 3 in the NBA in scoring with 106.9 points per game. Adding ‘Melo to the mix could make the Wolves’ offense something to be reckoned with. ‘Melo wouldn’t have to play defense. That right there could be enough to bring him to Minnesota. It isn’t likely, but a fan can dream, right?

The smart play would be to add some talented depth to the roster. This team lacks defense after ranking 26th in the NBA with 104.3 points allowed per game. They also lacked consistent scoring from the bench after trading F Derrick Williams before the trade deadline last season. There are talented scorers on the team, but they’re inconsistent at best. What this team needs is a strong defender who can consistently negate the opposing team’s best defender.

But having Carmelo would be so awesome! It would immediately make the Wolves a popular choice to contend for a top playoff spot. It could give Kevin Love a shiny new contract with Minnesota. It would bring joy to the faces of playoff starved basketball fans all across the state.

As Kevin Garnett is famously quoted as saying, “Anything is possible!”

If only the Wolves had the cap room …

What do you think? Should the Wolves shoot for a more rounded team or go for mega-offense? Leave a comment below.

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  • Tyler Purcell

    Would be awesome but it’s not happening. Now that the Heat lost I think the Cavs are looking to add value fast (Even though he’s never going back there). I’d rather see the wolves rob Cleveland blind like a reverse Hershel Walker. #1 overall, Thompson, Waiters and Gee for Love has been rumored. I’d even throw in our #13. That would help both teams as Loves production would be replaced for the most part by Pek and Thompson. Waiters is 6th man of the year material and Embiid finally gives us a shot blocker so Rubio and Martin can take risks and don’t hold us back. Cleveland clears the Waiters/Irving tension, Gets 13th pick in deep draft. Gets a good passing outside shooting big alongside bennett who they still like and Lebron can be incited by the Irving/Love younger version of Wade/Bosh.

  • Tyler Purcell

    Read this, it explains how Loves stats are almost completely replaceable and so are Melo’s. Also shows Rubio is just as valuable as Love even with poor shooting and why we need a shot blocker.

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-hidden-value-of-the-nba-steal/

  • Thad

    I love the thought process here. That would be a win-win for both teams and just what the doctor ordered for the Wolves in the post K-Love era. As much as I like K-Love, I think he’s done in MN. Sad face.

    • Tyler Purcell

      Same here. I think we needed a post Garnett star and Love fit the bill but he is merely a better Chris Bosh. If you look at the fact that the Wolves won the same with rubio and love injured as they did the other way around you realize why he can’t lead a team. in 2013 both Williams and Pek improved when Love was out and made up for his lost production.

    • Tyler Purcell

      There are other trade rumors but I like this best.

      MN Lineup – Rubio, Martin, Brewer, Embiid, Pek. Waiters off bench until Martin slips in a couple years.
      CLE Lineup – Irving, Jack, Deng, Love, Hawes. Bennett and Zach LaVine (#13 pick) off the bench and room for Lebron at SF. Lebron wants to play less minutes and needs another SF who can play D when he’s on the bench. Deng is perfect. This really is ideal. Irving and Love would give Lebron 2nd and 3rd scoring options he hasn’t seen since 2010 and LaVine and Bennett have as much upside as any guys in the league.

  • Thad

    I remember reading that article… I think I read it off your page too. I thought it was interesting to see how Rubio makes up for his lack of scoring by creating turnovers and assists. It really drives home that while you win by scoring points, the number of points you score doesn’t determine your worth. Ben Wallace anyone?