NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony and The Houston Rockets

James SchmidtCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2010

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Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors

Here it is, the trade Daryl Morey has been waiting for.

Carmelo Anthony has listed the Houston Rockets as a team he would sign an extension with.

Excited? You should be.

Daryl Morey said not to long ago, Obviously one of our stated goals is that at some point, and who knows when the opportunity will arise, we want to make a move for a star who comes lose, or like Boston did in trading for Garnett a few years ago.”

The star has been set loose and Houston, we have a target.

Reportedly, the teams that Melo would sign an extension with are the Nets, Knicks, Rockets and Magic. You can basically scratch the Knicks out of that list. Today a source straight from the Nuggets had this to say, “What do they have? That makes it tough.”

Apparently the Nuggets don’t like Danilo Gallinari, Eddie Curry and a first round 2014 pick. I wonder why? Don’t get me wrong, Danilo is a solid player, but the Nuggets could get such a better package than that.

Enter Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets. What do the Rockets have to offer? Good question. The Rockets have built up a bevy of expiring contracts, young players and New York Knicks draft picks. Now what do the Nets have to offer? A seven foot tall center, the third pick in this year’s draft and a young and athletic point guard.

The Houston Rockets are ready to give up almost anything they can to get Carmelo. A package for him might look like: Battier, Budinger, Jeffries and Knicks pick another one maybe Battier, Hill, Jeffries and a Knicks pick. Some have them giving up Aaron Brooks and/or Kevin Martin. With all this talent the Rockets have to be the front runner in the Nuggets minds for Carmelo.


The soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets might have something to say about that. Devin Harris, Brook Lopez and Derrick Favors along with draft picks. That’s a pretty nice trade offer. But are the Nets ready to give all that up, and if they are think about it, do the Nets even need another point guard? With Chauncey Billups starting and Ty Lawson ready to take the reins, they seem like they are set at the 1. So is Derrick Favors, Brook Lopez and a draft pick enough to get the Nuggets to bite?

Only time will tell, but after the Nuggets get a new general manager watch the news closely as the Nuggets might be close to pulling the trigger on a deal. Sources say former Senior Vice President for the Phoenix Suns, David Griffin is the front runner.

In my opinion, the better deal is with the Rockets, you are getting expiring contracts, young talent and future draft picks. No matter where he ends up going it’s going to be an interesting next couple weeks for the Denver Nuggets.