Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: 10 Reasons NJ Nets Are Megadeal's Biggest Losers

Brent NaultCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2011

Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: 10 Reasons NJ Nets Are Megadeal's Biggest Losers

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    Carmelo Anthony's name has been the focus of trade rumors for the past few months.  

    It is no secret that Anthony has wanted out of Denver for quite sometime.  It is also no secret that Denver has wanted Melo to stay for quite awhile.  It had appeared that Denver was far too stubborn to accept the fact that Anthony wouldn't consider a contract extension and would be leaving at years end unless he was traded.

    Obviously, Denver has finally decided to move on.  Whether it has been Carmelo's continuously blatant refusals to open up contract negotiations or the persistent New Jersey Nets, it appears they have succumbed to the fact that he will not be a part of their future.  

    It has been reported for the past couple of days that a 15-player, three-team blockbuster deal has been near completion.  Obviously the Nets and Nuggets are involved, but Detroit has entered the fray as a "third-party facilitator in the discussions."  The proposed deal would see the Pistons land Johan Petro and the expiring deal of Troy Murphy.  The Denver Nuggets would receive Anthony Morrow, Derrick Favors, two first-round draft picks and Devin Harris.  Meanwhile, the Nets would receive Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and potentially Al Harrington.

    This article addresses 10 reasons why I believe the Nets are making a massive mistake if they do actually pull the trigger on this deal.  

10. Anthony Morrow

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    Anthony Morrow was not chosen by a team in the 2008 NBA Draft.  Instead, the Golden State Warriors took a chance and signed him.  In his first ever NBA start, Morrow scored 37 points on 15-20 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.  Morrow also once scored 47 points with the Warriors in a Summer League game against the New Orleans Hornets.  Anthony Morrow is one of the best pure shooters in the game.  But after struggling with injuries and falling out of favor with Golden State, Anthony was traded to the New Jersey Nets who have reaped the benefits when he has been healthy.

    Now, Morrows name is being tossed around in all of the Melo trade rumors.  It makes zero sense to me why New Jersey would consider moving a guy like Morrow.  Anthony is super talented and lights out with the three-pointers.  Losing Morrow would be a big slap in the face as the Nets look towards the future. He is just so talented and could one day be a true superstar.

9. Devin Harris

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    Devin Harris has been subject to trade rumors for the better part of his stay in New Jersey.  In his time with the Nets, Harris has become one of the better point guards in the league.  Even though the New Jersey Nets have been losing for quite awhile, it is in no part Devin's fault.  He has been great for the past couple of years and has been one of the few bright spots on a dim New Jersey team.

    Harris is still on the right side of thirty and when healthy can take over the game.  Taking a risk and sending him off hoping you didn't make a mistake is not a good idea.  It is also notable that replacing Harris with Chauncey Billups isn't the brightest move.  I love Chauncey's game, but I think for New Jersey, that Devin Harris is the right person to be leading this team.

8. Derrick Favors

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    Derrick Favors was selected third overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets.  Favors has been highly coveted by the Nets and has shown great potential.  Even though his numbers don't reflect it, Derrick has been noticeably improving each game.  Almost all experts predict that Favors will be a phenomenal power forward in the future.

    Derrick Favors is vital to the deal that would potentially land the Nets' Carmelo Anthony.  Derrick Favors is an important part of the Nets future and they would be wise to keep him.  It should also be noted that if Favors were to leave, the Nets would have Kris Humphries and Al Harrington (potentially) at the four-position. Not exactly the makings of a championship team. Eh? 

7. The Draft Picks

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    One thing all General Managers in the National Basketball Association covet are draft picks.  Everyone likes to have an abundance of picks whether your a young team building for the future or a contending team looking to add depth.  Sometimes though, picks can also be very valuable trade assets.  Most times, you will see better teams like the Lakers or Celtics trade away their picks for competing now.

    Oddly enough, it is the terrible New Jersey Nets who are looking to deal away two future first-round picks to the Denver Nuggets.   If one recalls, Anthony Morrow was acquired by the Nets for a second round draft pick.  Which means that basically, the Nets are going to have one pick in the next two years and it will only be a second rounder.  They are really taking a gamble.

6. The Chemistry

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    One thing I really don't like about this deal for the Nets is the potential it is to destroy the chemistry they have.  The Nets could potentially get Carmelo, Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups and Al Harrington.  One couldn't look at me with a straight face and tell me that this will work.  Carmelo has had his problems and I don't like him as he has had attitude problems in the past and has had such incidents as performing in the song "Stop Snitchin" where he threatened people who cooperated with police.

    Chauncey (if not bought out) could represent a problem as he doesn't want to leave Denver.  Harrington has been a bit of a cancer as well wherever he has gone and tends to be traded a lot.  Rip Hamilton is an OK guy but can be pretty expressive and may not work well with the others.

5. No Contract Extension?

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    Before New Jersey goes off and donates all of their young talent to acquire Melo, they should consider one important thing.  They have no idea if Melo wants to sign a contract extension.  Right now, the odds are that you would get one year of Melo because he will decline his player option at years end.  So, the Nets would be making a massive mistake by just assuming or hoping.If the Nets are going to give up the future, they have to be sure that Melo will be there for more than a year.

4. Rip Hamilton & Salary

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    Richard Hamilton was once a fantastic basketball player.  He is still a good player but is nothing like his former self.  Rip has been surprisingly good this year but not great.  Richard has been involved in almost every trade rumor surrounding the Detroit Pistons.  This rumor, has Hamilton involved in the 15-player blockbuster deal that sees Carmelo Anthony.

    Rip has a massive contract that will pay him over 12.5 million each year for the next three years.  That is a serious burden on the future salary space of the New Jersey Nets.  It is also not nice to think that the old and oft injured Rip would be replacing the potentially great and young Anthony Morrow.

3. Chauncey Billups Won't Go

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    Chauncey Billups is one of my favorite players in the NBA.  I love his style of play and respect his professionalism.  Billups spent a good part of his career in Detroit and has now settled down comfortably in Denver after being traded for Allen Iverson several years ago.  Billups has really created his home in Denver and almost all his family has settled there too.  Billups has said he has every intention of finishing his career with the Nuggets.

    Billups has been heavily involved in trade rumors surrounding superstar teammate Carmelo Anthony. Chauncey has said that if he is traded, he would "appreciate" arranging a buyout with the Nets.  If Billups is so set on staying, perhaps New Jersey should reconsider Billups. 

2. Carmelo Isn't Too Keen

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    ESPN has said that it appears that Carmelo Anthony might be the biggest problem in the deal.  I agree with them totally as I truly don't believe that Anthony wants anything to do with the New Jersey Nets.  He wants to play in New York, I have no doubt about it.  Carmelo doesn't want to go to a losing team with the worst attendance record in basketball.

    He wants the stardom and the fans, who doesn't?  As I said earlier, I doubt he would be willing to sign an extension with the Nets.  Melo's unhappiness with his predicted destination may not make the deal as smooth as most hoped it would be,.

1. The Nets Still Wouldn't Win A Championship

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    The statement above is so true in my mind you wouldn't believe it.  The Nets have been in the basement of basketball for the longest time and have for once set themselves up in a decent position for the future. Now though, they are rushing into things and trading away the future for maybe just one year of Melo.  Assuming the Nets get Hamilton, Anthony, Billups, Harrington, their starters would be.

    PG: Chauncey Billups (if bought out then Jordan Farmar)

    SG: Richard Hamilton

    SF- Carmelo Anthony

    PF- Kris Humphries (maybe Harrington)

    C- Brook Lopez

    That looks decent on paper but it won't work. There is no way that this team can win especially with the lack of depth and youth.  If the Nets pull this off they will be doomed for several years to come. 


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    The fact is, that the only true winner of this trade would be the Denver Nuggets who would get Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, Derrick Favors, two first-rounders, and maybe get Billups back if a buyout happens.  That is a great return.  The Nets would be so silly to try this trade as this would screw them over for at least three or four years.  They would be locked into contracts like that of Rip Hamilton and Al Harrington who will poison their salary cap space for many years to come.  It destroys my brain to think of how Billy King could even be toying with this trade because it is silly and would be one of the worst trades in recent memory.


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