NBA Rumors Carmelo Anthony: Top 3 Likeliest Trade Scenarios For Denver Nuggets

Tyler AdamsContributor IOctober 1, 2010

NBA Rumors Carmelo Anthony: Top 3 Likeliest Trade Scenarios For Denver Nuggets

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    Carmelo is still waiting to see what team he'll be playing for this season.Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    The Carmelo Anthony saga has captivated NBA fans since LeBron James' decision to take his talents to South Beach this NBA Off Season, and that decision could have influenced Carmelo's no show from Nuggets Camp thus far. Carmelo saw the "Big Three" parading around the American Airlines Arena and wondered, "Is this the life for me?"

    Carmelo undoubtedly can't resist the temptation to sign with the New York Knicks next NBA Off Season, and then wait till the summer of 2012 for New Orleans Hornets superstar Chris Paul to join him in the Big Apple. Carmelo wants to form his own "Big Three" as soon as possible, but does he have the patience to wait till the summer of 2012? 

    There are two likely other trade scenarios that Carmelo could conceivably join with the right advisers, and if they retain the necessary talent to compete immediately. The New Jersey Nets may have decided to back out of the Carmelo derby recently, but three other teams are still right in the middle of the pack. Without further ado, time to reveal the the most likely suitors for Carmelo, his new team, and where the Denver Nuggets fit in all this.

3. Chicago Bulls

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    Noah is the centerpiece of this trade scenario.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    The Chicago Bulls greatly improved their chances to overcome their first round playoff exit with the addition of Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, and other free agents. The Bulls were at one point the early favorite to acquire Carmelo thanks to defensive dynamo Joakim Noah, but the Bulls decided at the time that they would not trade Noah. Eventually though, the Bulls will find that if they want to beat the Celtics, Heat, or Magic that they need that one player to push them over the top.

    By acquiring Carmelo Anthony, the Bulls would have one of the top three offenses in the Eastern Conference and they would be instant title contenders. It was previously reported on sites such as that if the Bulls included Noah they would be the favorites to acquire Carmelo. Carmelo's people have also said that he would sign an extension with Chicago as well. Which would motivate the Bulls to put a package together similar to this... 

    (Writer's Note: All stats from 2009-10 season in this article, PPG is points per game, RPG is rebounds per game, APG is assists per game, and BPG is blocks per game)


    Bulls receive: 

    Carmelo Anthony (28.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.2 APG)

    Future 2nd Round Picks

    Nuggets receive: 

    Joakim Noah (10.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 1.6 BPG)

    Luol Deng (17.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG)

    Future 1st Round Picks

    This trade would improve the Nuggets rebounding, defense, offensive efficiency, but their scoring would take a hit. Yet, as Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke previously hinted he would rather get something for Carmelo rather than receiving zero compensation. 

    As previously stated, the Bulls would be a legitimate title contender, and they would have one of the top three offenses in the Eastern Conference. 

    The money also works too (which is all important in NBA trades) which can be run through RealGm's trade checker, or ESPN's Trade Machine.

    The trade is unlikely at this point, but the Bulls may find themselves in 5th in January and have a change of heart about Noah. 

    Chances: 10%

2. Philadelphia 76ers

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    Even after Iguodala's strong summer, the 76ers would include him as the centerpiece of this trade.Nick Laham/Getty Images

    The Philadelphia 76ers are a team with tons of young talent, but a fan base and experts who are afraid to root them on. The 76ers were 26th in team attendance last year, and even with the return of former star Allen Iverson it was hard to generate any kind of ticket sales for a long stretch. If the 76ers acquired Carmelo Anthony and relieved salary with the intention just to make money wouldn't they jump at the chance? With Evan Turner waiting to take over the small forward position for the 76ers in 2011-2012, they could opt to acquire Carmelo just to sell tickets knowing that he will sign with the Knicks after the 2010-11 season. The trade that could potentially take place would look something like this...

    76ers Receive: 

    Carmelo Anthony (28.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.2 APG)

    Renaldo Balkman (1.1 PPG)

    Nuggets Receive: 

    Andre Iguodala (17.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 5.8 APG)

    Jason Kapono (5.7 PPG)

    This scenario would be the best chance for the Denver Nuggets to get something solid in return for Carmelo Anthony, and Iguodala would greatly improve the team's defense, passing, and versatility with his unique skill set. 

    This trade also works according to current salary cap rules, and the 76ers would benefit from getting rid of Iguodala's contract and Carmelo grooming Evan Turner for next year. 

    Chances: 20 %

1. New York Knicks

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    Gallinari will be known as the man who brought Carmelo to New York if the Nuggets go that route.Nick Laham/Getty Images

    Carmelo Anthony rumors to New York have been running wild since July 8th, 2010, but they have been running wild for great reason. The Knicks would offer Carmelo the place he wants to be, one of the two spots he will re-sign in, and he would give the Nuggets a great collection of young talent and salary relief with this trade scenario...

    Knicks Receive:

    Carmelo Anthony (28.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.2 APG)

    J.R. Smith (15.4 PPG, 1.3 SPG)

    Nuggets Receive:

    Danilo Gallinari (15.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG)

    Eddy Curry (3.7 PPG)

    Kelenna Azibuike (13.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG)

    Wilson Chandler (15.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG)

    Anthony Randolph (11.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 BPG)

    Toney Douglas (8.6 PPG)

    Future First Round Pick

    It is obvious to see that this would be one of the biggest blockbuster trades in NBA history. This trade would give the Knicks their "savior" in Carmelo Anthony, and the Nuggets would finally get rid of troubled Earl "J.R." Smith. The Nuggets would also acquire tons of young talent led by Anthony Randolph, Danilo Gallinari and Kelenna Azibuike, and after Curry's contract expires after this season they would money to spend on free agents to further bolster their roster.

    This trade will surely not happen until the trade deadline due to the Nuggets waiting for the best possible offer, but when this trade happens the Knicks may finally be the story of New York during Yankees Spring Training for once. The Nuggets could not possibly fill the void of superstar Carmelo Anthony, but this is as close as they are going to get. 

    Chances: 70%

Chances of Carmelo Anthony Actually Getting Traded This Season?

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    Don't expect Carmelo to be wearing this jersey after the 2011 NBA Trade Deadline.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Carmelo Anthony will certainly be traded during the 2011 NBA trade deadline thanks to Nuggets ownership comments, but the real mystery has been what team? The Carmelo saga will continually live on during until this year's trade deadline, and don't be surprised if he's wearing a Knicks jersey after the deadline.