After a second half of summer filled with turmoil for Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets it seems that the two are now officially ready to part ways. After weeks of negotiations between other teams Melo is most likely set to land in New Jersey bringing over Derrick Favours, the number three draft pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, to the Denver Nuggets.
The current trade that is being proposed would give;
Multiple First round picks
New Jersey Nets:
ESPN reports that all four teams are in "serious talks", but there is only one thing standing in the way even if the Denver Nuggets wanted to pull the trigger.
ESPN says that the New Jersey Nets will not go through with this if Carmelo is unwilling to sign a extension with the Nets, a similar situation that Boston had with Kevin Garnett. Now Carmelo has expressed that he would for sure sign and extension with the New York Knicks, and the Chicago Bulls, but the story is that the Knicks don't have enough assets to land Melo, and the Bulls do not want to give up Noah.
The Nuggets seem to be in most trouble here. Carmelo's agent, Leon Rose is significantly pushing a trade to get done before training camp. This being because that it would make the atmosphere very uncomfortable with Melo and the rest of the Nuggets, who he has not seen very much throughout the summer. Throw in the fact that none of the teams want Carmelo Anthony unless he signs an extension with their own club. The Nuggets are essentially being set up to be LeBrond if nothing goes through.
Now unlike the other trades that were being proposed for Carmelo, this one is seems to be the most plausible one for the Denver Nuggets.
The Denver Nuggets will get a temporary replacement at the three spot in Andrei Kirilenko, who also has a hefty 17 million coming off the books by the end of the season. Throw that in with Kenyon Martins 17 million coming off the books you have a gigantic load of cap space that can be used to peruse some of the young free agents of 2011. Derrick Favours is a young and upcoming power forward who Avery Johnson, the coach of the New Jersey Nets compares Favours to a modern day Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan when they were both 19 years old. History shows that many championship contenders have a strong PF like a Karl Malone, or a Larry Bird.
It doesn't seem to make much sense for the Nets though. They would be giving up both Harris and Favours to obtain Carmelo Anthony. Jordan Farmar is still young, but he is defiantly no where in league with the other point guards Melo has played. Lopez is going to be good, if not better, but that is the only guy they would have besides Carmelo Anthony that can actually do some damage.
It does seem highly unlikely that Carmelo would sign with the Nets because they won't even be a championship contender this year, and probably not next year. If Anthony just wants to move to a bigger market, than the Nets would be fine, but the general idea that is being perceived that he wants to win a championship, weather it be with the Nuggets, or somebody else.