NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony and 10 Players Who Need a Change of Scenery

Brandon BeckerCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2010

NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony and 10 Players Who Need a Change of Scenery

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets watches on against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Carmelo Anthony has stated that he wants out of Denver and judging by his play, he looks dejected that he's still a Nugget. It's clear the superstar small forward isn't having fun in Denver anymore.

    Anthony averaged 28.2 points per game last season and through 19 games this season he's averaging 22.8. Why the sudden scoring drop?

    It could be Melo's just going through a slump, but the better guess would be that he's not too fond of where he currently resides.

    Melo wants a change of scenery, but he's not the only one. There are a number of players that could use a new home to revitalize their play. Anthony may be the headliner out of the group, although there are some very talented players on this list.

    Enough talk—let's get started.

Gerald Wallace

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 26: Gerald Wallace #3 of the Charlotte Bobcats dribbles away from Vince Carter #15 of the Orlando Magic at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Magic defeated the Bobcats 99-90 to complete the
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    Wallace has been a Bobcat for the past seven years and is coming off a career year where he made his first All-Star team. Charlotte gave Wallace a shot when they drafted him in the expansion draft, allowing him a chance to grow into the player he is today.

    Wallace made his name off of high-flying dunks and hustle plays. This season, he isn't playing with the same type of tenacity that many have grown accustomed to seeing from him. Wallace is grabbing two less boards from a year ago, shooting a lower percentage overall, and is settling for more outside shots.

    In Charlotte, Wallace is known as "Crash" for his willingness to hit the deck. This season, Crash has been more upright than usual and less aggressive in taking the ball to the rack where he is certain to take a beating.

    The Bobcats are unlikely to deal Wallace because he is just 28 years old, but the onetime All-Star forward could benefit from a new home on a winning team. 

Steve Nash

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 03:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after scoring against the Indiana Pacers during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 3, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Pacers 105-97.  NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    Nash is in the twilight of his career and is still playing at a high level, but the Phoenix Suns aren't a legitimate championship contender anymore with Amare Stoudemire now residing in New York. 

    Seeing the 36-year-old point guard finish off his career on a team that has a shot at the title would be a joy to watch. Nash is loyal, so it would be out of character for him to be asked to be traded. 

    The Suns need to do the right thing and acquire assets for Nash while they still can instead of holding on to him to sell tickets.

Tayshaun Prince

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 03:  Tayshaun Prince #22 of the Detroit Pistons against Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or u
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    There's no question Prince has grown tired of Detroit these past couple of years. Prince is fed up with losing after years of being on winning teams in Detroit that continuously found themselves in the Eastern Conference finals. 

    Now the small forward has become an afterthought on a team that has no sense of direction. The Pistons lack stability in the organization currently and are hamstrung by bad contracts. 

    Finding a suitor for Prince would be ideal seeing as Detroit is heading for another tumultuous season. Prince would be a valuable piece for any team looking to add a defensive stopper along with a guy who can stretch the floor.

    A new home would reinvigorate his play.

Baron Davis

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    The 11-year vet admittedly came into the season out of shape, which has played a part in why he has been sidelined by injuries. Davis has only appeared in eight games so far, and ever since he bolted from Golden State to LA his play has suffered.

    After signing a monster contract with the Clippers it appears Davis has gone on cruise control. No longer do we see the explosive dunks or the fiery passion that we saw with the Warriors. Instead the Clipper fans are stuck watching an out of shape 31-year-old PG who is past his prime.

    Finding someone to take on Davis' contract isn't going to be easy, but a new team may be his only shot at becoming relevant again. Davis has lost favor with Vinny Del Negro and rookie Eric Bledsoe has shown signs of promise early on.

    LA has gotten off to a disastrous start, making it all the more likely that Bledsoe will continue to get significant minutes and leave Davis to ride the pine. Davis still has a chance to recapture some of his past glory—it just doesn't seem likely to happen in a Clippers uniform.

Andre Iguodala

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    The high-flying Philadelphia 76er could have a new home by season's end. With Philadelphia struggling again, it appears Iguodala is falling out of favor with the organization. Not because he's not productive on the court, but because the 76ers are finding out he isn't a guy you can build around.

    Philly has tried to do that and it hasn't resulted in wins.

    Shipping him somewhere else is the logical solution, seeing as he is being paid a hefty sum of money. There are plenty of teams that could benefit from Iguodala's play considering he does so many things well, just none of them especially great.

    Iguodala would make a great second or third option on a team where he doesn't have to focus on carrying the scoring load. He is the type of player that could potentially push a team over the top given the right situation.

James Harden

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    OKLAHOMA CITY - APRIL 22: James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts to a foul called on him against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 22, 2010 at the Ford Center i
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    Harden's skill set isn't being used enough in Oklahoma City due to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant is a superstar who commands the ball to be productive and Westbrook has emerged as the Thunder's second option—sometimes first.

    That leaves very few opportunities for Harden to create for himself or his teammates. He isn't a spot-up shooter who can stand in the corner and consistently hit threes. 

    Harden is at his best when the ball is in his hands, something that isn't going to consistently happen as long as he is in OKC. This is a guy who could be a special scorer if he had more opportunities on a team that needed him to score.

    Unfortunately for Harden, Thunder GM Sam Presti isn't known for making trades. But if OKC ever gets desperate enough to add size on the inside, Harden would be a valuable trade chip.

O.J. Mayo

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02:  Head coach Lionel Hollins of the Memphis Grizzlies talks to O.J. Mayo #32 in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Grizzlies 124-10
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    It's been a trying season for the former USC standout as he is adjusting to his new role as Memphis' sixth man. Mayo averaged 38 minutes per game in each of his first two seasons and has seen that number get trimmed down to 29.7 this season—he is averaging slightly over 23 minutes since coming off the pine. 

    With the Grizzlies committing large amounts of money to Rudy Gay and Mike Conley over the ensuing years it's safe to wonder what the team's plans are for Mayo. 

    Mayo could potentially be moved as the trade deadline approaches and he would be a welcomed addition for a team that is looking to add scoring. 

    A change of scenery could be just what Mayo needs to reach his potential, since it seems Memphis isn't going to give him the opportunity anymore.

Gilbert Arenas

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    MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 29:  Gilbert Arenas #9 of the Washington Wizards looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on November 29, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloadin
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    The Washington Wizards are officially John Wall's team, making it even more awkward that Arenas is still around. Adding to the tension is that it is obvious that the Wizards would ship Gilbert out in a second if there was a team willing to take on his contract and personality.

    It really is a weird situation.

    The good thing is Arenas is playing solid basketball right now, averaging 17.3 points while managing to stay healthy. But the cloud of the gun incident from last season still looms over the Washington franchise, and until Arenas is gone, the Wizards will be constantly reminded of it.

    Wherever Arenas ends up, he could very well revitalize his career and make headlines for what he does on the court instead of off it. Both sides would benefit from a split, it's just a matter of finding a team to help make that happen.

Richard Hamilton

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    MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 01: Richard Hamilton #32 of the Detroit Pistons shoots a jumpshot  during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 1, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    Much like Prince, it has been a while since we've seen Hamilton playing in meaningful games. Losing can wear on an individual and it seems to be doing so to Hamilton. He's been ejected three times through 20 games and is averaging five points less than a year ago.

    The 32-year-old seems dejected playing for Detroit, and with the franchise in disarray, can you blame him? 

    Hamilton would be a terrific addition for a team like Chicago, where he could come off of Joakim Noah screens and hit his famous mid-range jumpers. 

    Detroit is going to need to tear everything apart and start from scratch eventually. A good start would be trading Hamilton and Prince to get younger.

Shane Battier

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    PHOENIX - JANUARY 06:  Shane Battier #31 of the Houston Rockets during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 6, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Rockets 118-110.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Battier is the definition of a professional. He works hard, is humble and has a team-first mindset that many of today's players don't have. The Houston Rockets have taken on Battier's low-key personality throughout the five seasons he's been with the team.

    Now, it's time for the Rockets to say goodbye to Battier—who isn't getting any younger—and send him to a team that has a chance to win now. Houston very well could rally to make the playoffs despite its poor start, but even if they do, there is no way this team gets through the likes of the Lakers or Mavericks.

    With Chase Budinger waiting in the wings it would be wise for the Rockets to go younger and start building for the future. 

    Battier is a great defender, can hit threes to space the floor and is a good teammate. There will be plenty of teams looking to add Battier for his defensive abilities come the trade deadline. 

    And he certainly would benefit from playing on a better team.