Carmelo Anthony and Denver Nuggets to Split: Potential Trade Scenarios
Days ago rumors ignited regarding to Carmelo Anthony leaning towards leaving the Denver Nuggets after the upcoming 2010 season.
ESPN reported Melo's top destination once he becomes an unrestricted free-agent in 2011 would be the New York Knicks.
Seeing that the Nuggets three-year, $65 million extension offer has been on the table all summer long and Anthony has yet to budge, it could be a strong sign that the small forward might be on a new team in exactly one year from now.
Could it happen a bit sooner, though?
With the Melo rumors in full-swing, potential trade scenarios have sprung about for the superstar, who is being "quietly shopped" by the Denver Nuggets.
New Orleans Hornets
While the Hornets recently got rid of arguably their most attractive player (aside from Chris Paul) in Darren Collison, the team still has a few appealing pieces that could be offered in return for Carmelo Anthony.
According to ESPN, the Hornets could give Denver forward David West and Peja Stojakovic's expiring contract in return for Carmelo Anthony and Chris Anderson.
Although this trade is possible (kudos to ESPN's Trade Machine), at this point in time it's doubtful that the Nuggets would be willing to give up their best player unless they got more talent in return.
All summer long the Bulls have sought to deal forward Luol Deng and his ridiculous four-year, $51 million remaining contract.
Blog-A-Bull came up with a potential trade via ESPN's Trade Machine in which Chicago would send over Deng along with forwards Taj Gibson and James Johnson in return for Carmelo.
This scenario would benefit the Nuggets, as they would obtain a solid defender and an above average offensive player in Deng, a young and upcoming power-forward in Gibson who was selected onto the NBA All-Rookie First Team this past season, and another young forward with upside in Johnson.
Melo would then get the opportunity to join squads and make a run for the title with elite point-guard Derrick Rose, All-Star Carlos Boozer, and center Joakim Noah.
New York Knicks
The Knicks have been the hottest team linked to Carmelo Anthony during the last few days, but could they really pull of a deal for the swingman before the season begins?
NBAPrimetime, via ESPN's Trade Machine, came up with a deal in which the Knicks would ship forward Danilo Gallinari along with center Eddy Curry and potentially a future first-round draft pick for Anthony.
Gallinari, an up and coming 22 year-old who was second in the league in 3-pointers made last season, would assume the small-forward duties for the Nuggets.
In addition, Denver would receive Curry's hefty expiring contract.
While these deals seem unlikely at this point, you can expect to hear much more Carmelo Anthony chatter as the season nears.
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