Trade the Vets
Too much has been written already about finding Carmelo Anthony a new home, and at this point, the need to trade the soon to be 33-year old forward should be obvious. All signs seem to point to him finally being willing to waive his no-trade clause in the offseason, when he can sell his family on a new city merely being an eight month detour before he exercises his player option and signs one final deal to finish his career.
Get what you can and move on.
Aside from Melo, the team should gauge the trade market on Courtney Lee and Kyle O’Quinn, both of whom are signed to fair contracts and can help contending teams win games in the right roles. Noah’s contract is unmovable, but he’ll earn a fraction of his keep as a veteran leader on a team that will need his guidance. By the time the team is ready to contend again, his contract will have run its course or be stretched out to lessen the blow.