NBA Trade Rumor: Could Carmelo Anthony Become a Charlotte Bobcat?

Brandon BeckerCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2010

PHOENIX - APRIL 13:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets in action during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 123-101.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Carmelo Anthony has stated his desire to no longer be a Denver Nugget. Is it possible that the former Syracuse standout is on his way to join Larry Brown and Michael Jordan in Charlotte? If you're a Bobcat fan, you're hoping MJ makes a strong push for Melo, which I'm assuming at one point he will.

The bigger question right now is if the Bobcats have enough pieces to acquire a player of the caliber Anthony is. Gerald Wallace was a first-time All Star last season and the 'Cats also have Stephen Jackson. It's highly unlikely Denver would want to take on Jackson because of age and his bloated contract.

Charlotte doesn't have any young pieces in place that would appeal to Denver. Gerald Henderson, Tyrus Thomas, and D.J. Augustin don't exactly seem like players the Nuggets could build around for the future. 

If Jordan is going to bring Anthony to the Queen City, it's going to have to be because he wants to play there. Wallace is the only desirable piece the 'Cats have and adding draft picks to the equation most likely won't be enough. Unless Melo forces Denver's hand, and his advisers put pressure on the organization to move him to Charlotte, it's unlikely the superstar will end up in a Bobcat uniform.

Still, Charlotte needs to make its best offer because adding Melo to the roster would revitalize pro basketball in the area.

No longer would the bitter taste of George Shinn be left in the mouths of Carolinians. No longer would fans be haunted by missing out on Dwight Howard and ending up with Emeka Okafor. No longer would fans have to think about what if MJ had drafted Brandon Roy over Adam Morrison.

Instead of focusing on poor trades (Gana Diop) and bad draft picks (Aleix Ajinca, Augustin, Morrison), the focus would turn to the basketball court. It would turn to one of the game's best player. 

Who knows what will happen or where Melo will go, but, if Michael Jordan is committed to competing for championships, he knows that this may be his shot at taking his legacy to new heights.