Examining Each of Carmelo Anthony's Potential Trade Destinations
Carmelo Anthony wants out and all indications are pointing towards a new home for the soon-to-be-former Nuggets superstar.
As Mark J. Miller of Yahoo! Sports reports, the New Jersey Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Sacramento Kings are now the top three suitors. However, those aren't the only possible destinations.
Miller's coworker, Adrian Wojnarowski claims that the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and Charlotte Bobcats are in the mix as well.
Each of the aforementioned teams could provide both Denver with something of value and Anthony with what he desperately wants, a new team.
In what has proved to be a turbulent roller coaster of an offseason, this could be the bumpiest ride.
Buckle your seatbelts and let's take a look.
New Jersey Nets
Coach: Avery Johnson
2009 Record: 12-70
Starting Lineup: Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, Terrence Williams, Derrick Favors, Brook Lopez
The New Jersey Nets have suddenly emerged as one of the favorites in the Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes.
The Nets have two huge things going for them. One is the enigma known as General Manager Mikhail Prokhorov while the other is the eventual move to Brooklyn.
Anthony has to love both of those things. The former is free-spending and will do anything possible to make his team better while the latter would thrust Anthony into the New York media spotlight.
The superstar has made it clear that he would be willing to play for the Nets and his reason is most likely the incredible core of young talent that the Nets have built up. Devin Harris, Terrence Williams, Derrick Favors, and Brook Lopez are all young players with the talent to be unbelievably good.
For a player as good as Anthony though, the Nets may have to give up one of those four young talents, and to be honest, it would be a price worth paying. They also have the ability to give up draft picks, a very valuable commodity when coming from a team that only won 12 games last year.
Coach: Kurt Rambis
2009 Record: 15-67
Starting Lineup: Luke Ridnour, Corey Brewer, Martell Webster, Kevin Love, Darko Milicic
This is another team that Yahoo! Sports' Mark J. Miller referenced as a leading contender for the services of the All Star small forward.
However this move makes sense for only the Denver Nuggets. They are resigned to the fact that Carmelo will be on another team so they are eager to get whatever they can. From the Timberwolves they can get either a solid young player or some sure-fire lottery picks in the upcoming draft.
For Minnesota, they really wouldn't be a contender even with the addition of Anthony so the move doesn't make sense from their perspective. Especially because there is no guarantee that Anthony would sign a contract extension and they would be left with an even worse team than they currently have in the 2011 season.
As for the man in the middle, Anthony does not have the right to veto a trade, so he would be stuck on a bad team.
Coach: Paul Westphal
2009 Record: 25-57
Starting Lineup: Tyreke Evans, Donte Greene, Omri Casspi, Demarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson
In terms of the team, this may be the most appealing option for Carmelo Anthony. There had to be a reason the team was listed among Miller's list of suitors.
The potential of this team is unlimited. They have the reigning Rookie of the Year, a solid candidate for this years award, and plenty of other talented young players.
There is no chance that the Kings would give up either Tyreke Evans or Demarcus Cousins, so they would be looking to give up some combination of Omri Casspi, Donte Green, Jason Thompson, and Hassan Whiteside.
The also have the potential to give away some expiring contracts, namely those of Samuel Dalembert and Carl Landry.
Finally, the team from Sacramento could easily mortgage their future and trade away some draft picks.
Los Angeles Clippers
Coach: Vinny Del Negro
2009 Record: 29-53
Starting Lineup: Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Ryan Gomes, Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman
Starting to sense a trend?
This is yet another team with a bunch of good young players, both giving them the ability to trade some away and to maintain a nucleus of young talent with which they can surround Carmelo Anthony.
The problem is that Donald Sterling of the Clippers basically refuses to trade any first round picks and the team may not be able to get Anthony without doing so. They could trade Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon for example, but that's probably not worth it for the team.
For this trade to happen, it would probably need to involve one more team as well although the Clippers do have quite a few movable contracts.
Golden State Warriors
Coach: Don Nelson
2009 Record: 26-56
Starting Lineup: Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Reggie Williams, David Lee, Andris Biedrins
If you added Carmelo Anthony to this lineup, the scoring power of the team would be unbelievable.
Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, and David Lee all could easily be All Stars at the end of this season, and Carmelo is probably the best scorer of all of them.
The team also has Ekpe Udoh and other talented players coming off of the bench.
After they gave up a lot of assets to steal David Lee from the New York Knicks, the Warriors don't really have that much to offer other than their good players.
So while a dream lineup of Curry, Ellis, Anthony, Lee, and Biedrins would be unbelievable, it seems as though one or more of the four not named Anthony would have to be moved.
Curry has to be considered untouchable, as does David Lee. So that leaves Ellis as the likely trading chip.
While Golden State would love to be able to add Anthony, the move just doesn't seem all that feasible.
Coach: Rick Adelman
2009 Record: 42-40
Starting Lineup: Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin, Shane Battier, Luis Scola, Yao Ming
This is a trade possibility that is very likely because of the assets that the Rockets have.
While they may not have the strongest or youngest team among the suitors, they can offer the Nuggets the most.
Aaron Brooks can be had for a relatively cheap $2 million dollars and that will tempt the Nuggets greatly. Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger are also also a strong possibilities to be moved.
The Nuggets could also take on the expiring contracts of Shane Battier and Jared Jefferies.
The Rockets also posses a $6.3 million dollar trade exception from the Trevor Ariza deal, their own draft picks, and two picks from the New York Knicks.
These picks are the 2011 first rounder (Top pick protected), and the 2012 first rounder (Top-five protected).
If Denver wants to ship Melo off to Houston, Houston definitely has enough pieces to make it work.
Coach: Larry Brown
2009 Record: 44-38
Starting Lineup: D.J. Augustin, Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, Tyrus Thomas, DeSagana Diop
As Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski writes, this team is "a sleeper because of Anthony’s Jordan Brand shoe deal and the team’s ability to give the Nuggets a salary-dump proposal."
But other than that, the Bobcats just don't have either enough appeal, star-power, or good tradeable players to make this happen.
That's why they remain nothing more than a sleeper.