NBA Trade Rumors: 15 Cheaper Versions of Carmelo Anthony To Help Your Team
NBA trade rumors are heating up and although Carmelo Anthony is really stealing all of the headlines, don't forget about the guys that are flying under the radar right now.
There are only a few teams out there who can grab Anthony, so if you're a team that could use a guy who can fill up the score sheet or play a swingman position, there are options out there and with that in mind, here are 15 guys who can fit that description.
Just keep in mind that they're not all going to be small forwards. There are some shooting guards in here. I'm trying to think of Anthony's impact on scoring and such. It's not easy to get a guy of Anthony's caliber but these guys aren't half bad either.
No. 15: Richard Hamilton
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Richard Hamilton is a guy that has been floated out there for little over a year in trade rumors.
The Pistons have a log jam at his position with Ben Gordon there and Hamilton's presence has hurt both of their stat lines and something has to give in Detroit. Hamilton is a big part of the Carmelo Anthony trade talks and if they fall apart, he'll be available.
He'll be a valuable piece for a team trying to make a playoff run.
No. 14: Corey Brewer
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Corey Brewer is a guy who could be on the outs in Minnesota and would be a nice option for teams.
Brewer isn't a stud by any means, but he's a guy who is coming into his own as a player and is a scrappy guy that could help push a team over the top. He'll make those plays that help turn games around and could be a solid role player that could develop into more down the line.
He's a buy low candidate in my estimation.
No. 13: Danillo Gallinari
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Danillo Gallinari is a guy who is no stranger to being on the trading block and could be an asset the Knicks look to move.
New York may try to get pieces it can use to grab Carmelo Anthony and Gallinari might be one of those pieces. He's a guy who can spread the floor and drop in three pointers while improving the rest of his game.
He's a guy who's young and can mature in the league and should be an attractive option.
No. 12: Carl Landry
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The Sacramento Kings are looking to be sellers and one casualty could be Carl Landry.
Landry is a forward who is playing fairly well on a horrible team like the Kings and with Sacramento looking to move guys, teams might be able to land him on the cheap. He'd be a solid addition to any team and could provide valuable minutes.
Who wouldn't want that on their team?
No. 11: Nicolas Batum
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The Blazers have thought about shipping out Nicolas Batum and the Denver Nuggets have thought of him as a possible replacement for Carmelo Anthony.
He's a guy who can spread the floor and can drain the three pointer and he's coming into his own as a player. Sure, he has inconsistencies, but he can make plays and with the right amount of talent around him, can do great things.
I'm not sure that situation is in Denver, but time will tell.
No. 10: Hedo Turkoglu
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This sounds a little crazy, so hear me out.
I think that there's a possibility he could still be dealt because when Orlando made this trade to land Jason Richardson and Gilbert Arenas along with Hedo Turkoglu, the Magic dealt Marcin Gortat.
This leaves Orlando pretty thin down low and since Turkoglu isn't really much of a presence in the paint, Orlando could deal him for another big man.
I think we could see him moved before the deadline to a team who could use some perimeter scoring, but buyer beware with how he performed in Toronto and Phoenix.
No. 9: Antawn Jamison
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Antawn Jamison never put the Cavaliers over the top when they had LeBron James and now it might be time for him to go.
He had some great seasons in Washington and could be effective as a second fiddle somewhere else. He won't be a guy who can put a team on his back and will them to victory, but he can be a complimentary guy who helps put a team over the top.
That place just wasn't Cleveland.
No. 8: Omri Casspi
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As I mentioned earlier, the Sacramento Kings could be sellers and one of the guys moving could be Omri Casspi.
He's a shooter that can hit the outside shot and really open things up for people down low. He's a young guy who can really fill it up once he gets going and could be good in a system where there are guys slashing to the basket and kicking for the open shot.
If the Kings really try to move him, he should get a lot of interest.
No. 7: Tayshaun Prince
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Tayshaun Prince is another guy the Detroit Pistons would love to move.
Prince's days look numbered as Austin Daye starts to play better and better this season and Prince's contract is up after the season and it looks like Detroit will part with one more member of the 2004 championship team.
While Prince isn't as good as he was a few years ago, he'll still garner a lot of attention from the league.
No. 6: O.J. Mayo
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Even though the Grizzlies traded for him on draft day, O.J. Mayo has fallen out of favor in Memphis.
At least that was the rumor recently as we've seen weird things happen with Mayo's minutes and it leaves the door open for a team to come in and trade for the young guard. He still has some flaws in his game, but he can fill it up and be a great scoring option for someone.
It will be interesting to see what happens with him from here on out.
No. 5: Gerald Wallace
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Charlotte is in a transitional era and there have been whispers that Michael Jordan has put everyone on the trading block.
That includes Gerald Wallace, who has been with the Bobcats for most of his career, would be an attractive option to a lot of those teams out there who could use a scoring forward and Charlotte may be willing to part with him.
It will be interesting to see if the Bobcats become sellers at the deadline.
No. 4: Danny Granger
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There have been whispers that Indiana might be open to dealing Danny Granger and he's an interesting option if you need a forward.
Granger is a guy who has shown some signs of brilliance but has slumped a bit recently and I think that may hurt his stock a bit but I think Indiana will be able to get some real value for him if you're the Pacers. The market for him would be pretty fierce and that would drive up the price.
A change of scenery could help him.
No. 3: Stephen Jackson
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Like I said earlier, the Bobcats are looking like they're going to be sellers and Stephen Jackson could be on the market as well.
Jackson came in to Charlotte and really gave the Bobcats life and helped them make the playoffs and a change of scenery could be good for him and he has playoff experience that could help some team make a deep run.
I think he's one of the more intriguing names on the market.
No. 2: Kevin Martin
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The Houston Rockets are a team that are always looking to pick up some assets and moving Kevin Martin could get them what they want.
Martin could be part of Houston's efforts to get Carmelo Anthony or he could be dealt to get assets for the Rockets to get Anthony and we're going to see what happens with him. The scorer just got a little dinged up, but he should be fine according to the latest reports and we shall see what happens with him.
I wouldn't put anything past the Rockets.
No. 1: Andre Iguodala
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Andre Iguodala is a guy who looks like he's on his way out of Philadelphia and he'll see his trade market heat up.
Iguodala is a guy who looks made to be a second fiddle after the way he played with Kevin Durant with Team USA this summer and I think a team that already has an established guy in place would love to have Iguodala.
It's clear that his time in Philadelphia is up and it's time to move on.