The Miami Heat should be that homewrecker. And the team's valuable trade chip should be none other than high-priced franchise center Hassan Whiteside.
Over the past two weeks, the Heat has reeled off seven straight victories, torpedoing any shot the team had at the top picks in this year's NBA draft. The wins have been a breath of fresh air for die-hard fans drunk on the now, and a nightmare for fans with one eye toward what's best for the franchise's future. Rebuilding through the draft just got that much more unlikely.
Unfortunately, you have to give up something to get something, and that something is Whiteside. He would head to New York, ending a successful but somewhat patchy career in Miami. One of the main reasons the Heat re-signed Whiteside to a max contract this offseason was to secure him as a trade asset.
Now is the time to cash in on the diamond they found in the rough. Willie Reed has proven to be a fine replacement for Whiteside at times, especially when you factor in salary. Re-signing Reed at a fraction of the cost of Whiteside and flipping Whiteside to New York for Melo just makes sense if you've been following Riley's career.
Riley isn't known for his patience, and he's 71 years old now. Trading for Anthony feels like the right move at the right time if Riley is intent on a championship run anytime soon. Carmelo and the Heat are both clinging to the final years of a window, so why not team up and try to win a championship together?