None of that speaks to the defensive issues a team with Pau, Melo at the 4, Kobe and Nash would have. The Knicks don't have a bad fit, what they have is one severely overpaid player in Amare who they can't get rid of. Show me where Chandler, Melo, MWP, Shump/Smith and Felton don't fit? Show me where the overlap is?
I'll address this point one more time. Melo is great at the 4 in that group of players because Chandler can hold down the paint and is a a decent to good offensive rebounder. Shump can defend any position from the 1-3, Smith believe it or not is a solid defender and Felton is well a decent PG.
LA is the team that would be even less of a fit. Pau, Melo at the 4, Young/Johnson, Kobe, Nash would be a defensive trainwreck and when you move Melo to the 3 and bring in Kaman they suck just as bad if not worse.
I'm being objective.
What I am saying this that NY is a team with good pieces but they don't fit.
Amare is a truly untradeable contract for two more seasons. Chandler is a good player but he is aging and his value is limited in many ways due to offensive flaws. Melo has had very little help in the playoffs the last two seasons.
He would have killed for Kobe scoring 20 consistently, or Nash actually hitting his open jumpers , etc etc
But I don't really care to convince you. You have your opinion of what these players are currently worth and I have mine. The season will tell the tale.
Edited by Jody Smokes, August 05, 2013 - 02:09 PM.