The Carmelo Anthony rumors have been flying out of Denver over the last month with possible destinations ranging from the Dallas Mavericks to the New York Knicks to the New Jersey Nets.
Recently, a trade was almost completed that would send Anthony to the Nets, but it was held up over the issue of the Nets refusal to take on Al Harrington's contract.
For now, we continue to play the waiting game. Clearly, Anthony will be moved by the trading deadline. The question remains: Where?
Nets Get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton
Pistons Get: Troy Murphy
Nuggets Get: Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Two future first round picks
This trade was the most popular rumor of the last week. It may be the most likely trade to occur, especially as we inch closer toward the trade deadline.
Knicks Get: Carmelo Anthony
Nuggets Get: Eddy Curry, Wilson Chandler, Bill Walker, Anthony Randolph
The Knicks do not necessarily give up their best current talent in this scenario. Most importantly, it allows the to keep Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields.
Knicks Get: Carmelo Anthony
Nuggets Get: O.J. Mayo, Eddy Curry, First Round Pick (Memphis), Anthony Randolph
Grizzlies Get: Wilson Chandler
One rumor this week was that the Knicks were attempting to get the Grizzlies involved in a three way trade. After the Pau Gasol trade of a few years back, I guess every team tries to take advantage of Memphis.
Nuggets Get: Andre Iguodala, Jodie Meeks
76ers Get: Carmelo Anthony
The 76ers have two solid young shooting guards in Evan Turner and Jodie Meeks meaning that one of them is expendable. Since Philadelphia spent a high first round pick on Turner, it will likely be Meeks to be moved. Iguodala has underperformed this year and could certainly use a change in scenery.
Nuggets Get: Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh
Warriors Get: Carmelo Anthony
The Warriors get a franchise star to pair with Stephen Curry, David Lee and Dorell Wright. The Nuggets get someone who can immediately replace some of the production that they would lose with Anthony as well as a project in Udoh.
Bulls Get: Carmelo Anthony
Nuggets Get: Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, James Johnson, Two First Round Picks
This may not be enough to land Anthony, although it does compete with some of the other offerings. The Bulls would immediately boast a trio that is comparable to that of Miami or Boston in the Eastern Conference.
Clippers Get: Carmelo Anthony
Nuggets Get: Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, First Round Pick
If the Clippers could find a way to snag Anthony without giving up Eric Gordon, they could have one of the best trios in the league between Gordon, Blake Griffin and Anthony. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, any deal for Anthony would likely have to start with Gordon, a piece they will probably be unwilling to relinquish.
Hornets Get: Carmelo Anthony
Nuggets Get: David West, Trevor Ariza
West and Ariza could be enough to land Anthony. The acquisition of Anthony could convince Chris Paul to stay in New Orleans when he becomes a free agent in 2012. Instead of going to New York, both Paul and Anthony could team up in New Orleans with Emeka Okafor as the third piece.
Rockets Get: Carmelo Anthony
Nuggets Get: Kevin Martin, Kyle Lowry, Jordan Hill
The Rockets get a true franchise player in Anthony and would be willing to give up Martin and Lowry who are talented but not centerpieces of a strong playoff team. Hill is still young and has shown promise this year.
Pacers Get: Carmelo Anthony
Nuggets Get: Danny Granger, Brandon Rush, Paul George
The Pacers would get a true superstar to pair with Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison making them an actual playoff contender in the East. The Nuggets would accept Granger who is an all-star candidate every year plus a true scorer in Rush as well as a potential player in George.