Oh God The Knicks Are Going To Screw This Melo Shit Up So Completely, I Can't WaitAlbert Burneko1/27/17 12:54pmFiled to: lolknicksnew york knickslos angeles clippersnbabasketballaustin riverscarmelo anthony26220EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkPhoto credit: AP/David ZalubowskiThe Los Angeles Clippers are wounded—literally!—and in trouble. Chris Paul’s out for at least five more weeks with an injured thumb; Blake Griffin only just returned from a knee injury that kept him out of 18 games. They’ve lost three of four, and to some real dogs: the Wolves, Nuggets, and 76ers. The Warriors, Spurs, and Rockets have left them behind at the top of the West; the Jazz, Thunder, and Grizzlies are gaining on them from below. AdvertisementMore than home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs may be at stake for them over the next month-plus. Their core—Paul, Griffin, DeAndre Jordan—is very expensive, well into its prime, and has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. Both Paul and Griffin will be free agents after next season. If these Clippers are ever to make a serious run at a championship, they do not have much time left to do it, and they do not have much ground to give in the pursuit. They need help.If this sounds like a set of circumstances that would make them good trade partners for the Knicks, who reportedly are looking to unload the still very good but aging and unhappy Carmelo Anthony, it probably is! You can imagine the line of thinking: Melo, whose no-trade clause gives him veto power over any proposed deal, gets the revitalizing jolt of playing meaningful games for a star-studded playoff team; the Clippers get, well, Melo, which is still a self-evidently appealing prospect even at this point in his career; and the Knicks, dealing from a position of relative strength, capitalizing on the Clippers’ fairly desperate need, get to target a player they’ve long had their eye on: Austin Rivers.