NBA Trade Rumors: Two Darkhorse Destinations for Carmelo Anthony

Evan MasseyCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2010

DENVER, CO - APRIL 17 : Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets celebrates after sinking a shot against the Utah Jazz during the second half of Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 17, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won the game 126-113 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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With the recent rumors involving Carmelo Anthony wanting a trade out of Denver, I've been thinking about what teams could possibly make a move for him.

The obvious two are the New York Knicks and the the Orlando Magic, but what other teams could make a play for him that aren't on the radar at this point in time?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I think these teams will make a move to try to acquire him, but I'm saying that they should at least look into it.


1. Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder already have a very strong, young duo in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and adding Anthony into the mix would make them a championship-caliber team.

With Durant already manning the small forward position, the most likely spot for Anthony would likely be at either shooting guard or power forward, and either way he would cause a mismatch for the opposition.

At the four, he would have the speed to get around most NBA power forwards, so he would be able to get to the bucket very easily.

As a shooting guard, he would be bigger and stronger than most other NBA shooting guards, so he would be able to put his back to the bucket and go to work in the post.

Either way he's going to cause defense nightmares.

The next major issue would be, what could the Thunder give up that would interest the Nuggets?

Well, Oklahoma City does have a lot of young pieces that they could use to lure Denver into accepting a trade.

Some of those pieces include James Harden and Jeff Green. They could throw in guys like Thabo Sefolosha, who would be a great defensive acquisition, as well as Nick Collison to help with the salary if needed.

Not saying the Thunder could make a trade work here, but let's face it, adding Anthony for them would be a huge addition. Denver probably wouldn't bite on a deal from OKC, but you have to admit that throwing in Harden and Green, plus a pick or two would draw some interest.


2. Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia also is another very young team with a great young core of Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, and Jrue Holliday, but adding Anthony would be a huge addition for them as well.

Granted, Philadelphia doesn't have as many pieces to make a move as the Thunder did, but they do have one major piece that would interest the Nuggets.

What about a base trade of Andre Iguodala for Carmelo Anthony?

Obviously the 76ers would need to add more, but that would be a very solid start.

Maybe throw in some young talent like Louis Williams, Thaddeus Young, or Marreese Speights, and Denver definitely would have to take a look at the deal.

The 76ers need to do something about the Turner-Iguodala issue. It's been rumored that they two won't play very well together since both players have basically the same kind of game, so adding Anthony would mix that up.

Instead of having Iguodala, who likes to drive to the bucket a lot, they would have Anthony, who does like to drive to the basket, but also loves to face his man up from the wings. Also, they would be adding more rebounding and strength to go with their already small lineup.

Denver needs to fill the void left by Anthony when they do part ways with him, and adding Iguodala would do just that. They would add a lot of athleticism, which would give Chauncey Billups yet another toy to play well, and would add another legit scorer and defender as well.

It's not likely to happen either, but with the combined facts that the 76ers are listening to offers for Iguodala, and the Nuggets are looking to get a replacement for Anthony if they do deal him makes this a distinct possibility.