The trade winds have been swirling all season long around Denver Nuggets superstar small forward Carmelo Anthony. It has become apparent that Melo will be taking his talents to New York City come the summer of 2011 after refusing to sign the three-year, $65 million extension the Nuggets have been offering for months.
The Knicks have been interested in signing Anthony via free agency, but Carmelo is looking to leave Denver as soon as possible. So far, the Nuggets don’t seem interested in letting Carmelo go that easily.
The New York Knicks have been the main team included in most of the Nash trade rumors. Nash had his most successful seasons (NBA MVP awards in 2005 and 2006) under former Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni, who is now the head coach in New York. D’Antoni and Nash have a strong admiration for one another, which is fueling a lot of the trade speculation.
With all the rumors and speculation, it got me to thinking: could the New York Knicks acquire both Carmelo Anthony and Steve Nash?
I used the NBA Trade Machine to figure out if the Knicks could pull off this mega-blockbuster trade. With players the caliber of Anthony and Nash, at least four NBA teams would have to be involved in the deal.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Iguodala has been the talk of several proposed trades throughout the summer and regular season. As the NBA trade deadline draws near, Philadelphia could potentially part ways with "The Other A.I.".
Since Iguodala is rumored to be traded, why not include the 76ers in this huge trade between the Knicks, Nuggets and Suns?
Here is blockbuster trade that was successful in the NBA Trade Machine.
Denver Nuggets Get...
F Danilo Gallinari (from Knicks) $3.3 million/ 2 years
SG Andre Iguodala (from 76ers) $12.3 million/ 4 years
New York Knicks Get...
PG Steve Nash (from Suns) $10.3 million/ 2 years
SF Carmelo Anthony (from Nuggets) $17.1 million/ 2 years
Phoenix Suns Get...
PG Raymond Felton (from Knicks) $7 million/ 2 years
SF Wilson Chandler (from Knicks) $2.1 million/ 1 year
F Thaddeus Young (from 76ers) $2.9 million/ 1 year
Philadelphia 76ers Get...
SG J.R. Smith (from Nuggets) $6.7 million/ 1 year
C Eddy Curry (from Knicks) $11.2 million/ 1 year
Knicks Breakdown: Carmelo would get his wish and be a New York Knick this year instead of the 2011-2012 season. With Nash and Melo in the fold alongside Amar‘e Stoudemire, the Knicks would have their own Big Three and be able to contend in the Eastern Conference immediately. Anthony would agree to sign a contract extension with the Knicks, while Nash would be a stopgap until Chris Paul is a free agent.
Nuggets Breakdown: The Nuggets lose Carmelo Anthony and guard J.R. Smith, but would get some solid pieces back in Iguodala and Gallinari. Denver could still be a playoff team, but are no longer a threat to win the Western Conference.
Suns Breakdown: Phoenix would get back three young talented players in Felton, Chandler and Young despite losing Steve Nash. The Suns would be able to have some pieces to rebuild and maybe challenge for a playoff spot in the West.
76ers Breakdown: The Sixers would be getting the short end of the stick in this trade, acquiring the expiring contracts of Eddy Curry and J.R. Smith. The 76ers would get a couple first round picks from the Knicks, Nuggets or Suns to compensate losing Iguodala and Young. The trade would give Philly some cap room to sign some free agents next season.
The chances of this trade happening are slim to none, but if it somehow did, it could be one of the biggest NBA trades made in recent memory.
So what do you think?