I recall Aug 5 being the 1st day they could trade Ntilikina. I raise that point only because I wonder about the current trade eligibility of HOUs young assets and when they may be able to trade Qi, Troy Williams (not a rookie, but just signed), Hartenstein etc. Same applies to Portland and their draft haul i.e. Collins, Swanigan.
On another note, I have a fleeting thought about the following. Most BBIers think Clint Capela is off limits in a package for Melo and that would almost definitely be correct. However, I wonder if you could structure a Melo deal that included Hernangomez for Capela.
1 Capela coexists with KP better than Hernangomez
2 Given his great hands, ability to finish with either hand and high intellect --- Hernangomez in a PNR D'Antoni offense is nasty
As much as I like Hernangomez, Capela is the better young BIG. Does CC being the better fit plus flat out the better young player possibly lead to a Melo deal that is palatable for both teams i.e.
Melo + WH
CC + Ariza + Gordon + Troy Williams
NYK: Of course, with Gordon that means you have 3 SGs now but trading Courtney Lee for value won't be a problem. But now you have 2 of the NBAs best young BIGs + Frank + THJ + Troy Williams (and Dotson, Baker). That is a lot of youthful foundation.
HOU: Now they have the CP3 + JH + Melo + Anderson + Hernangomez (tremendous firepower) and they have Tarik Black, Isiah Taylor MBah a Moute and still have the two rookie BIGs. Defensively, despite CP3 and MBah a Moute, they're a nightmare.
I don't really believe in this trade b/c I don't think HOU would be willing to include CC under any circumstance (other than something crazy like KP being involved). But I do think this is a more fair deal for both sides than the notion of Ryan Anderson + Hartenstein + a pick coming back to NYK. This is really more of a thought stirrer than a proposal since I haven't yet landed on a HOU deal without a 3rd team that makes 100% sense.