Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: 10 Blockbuster Melo Trades We May See This Month

Justin EisenbandCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2011

Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: 10 Blockbuster Melo Trades We May See This Month

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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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    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?

Trade 1

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Chauncey Billups #1 of the Denver Nuggets drives against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 5, 2011  in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers won 106-93.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agre
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    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.

Trade 2

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09:  Wilson Chandler #21 of the New York Knicks goes up for a shot over Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 109-87.   NOTE TO USER: User expr
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    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.

Trade 3

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    PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 05:  O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies puts up a shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 5, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by download
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    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.

Trade 4

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 21: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers tries to move against Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 121-76. NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    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.

Trade 5

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 01:  Monta Ellis # 8 of the Golden State Warriors looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on January 1, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The Heat won 114-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees tha
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    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.

Trade 6

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    PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 24:  Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls puts up a shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 24, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Bulls defeated the Suns 123-115 in double overtime.  NOTE TO USER: Use
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    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.

Trade 7

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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 3: Chris Kaman #35 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on November 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 107-92.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    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.

Trade 8

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets shoots the ball  over Marreese Speights #16 of the Philadelphia 76ers in the first half at New Orleans Arena on January 3, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    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.

Trade 9

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Kevin Martin #12 of the Houston Rockets in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on December 20, 2010 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or u
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    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.

Trade 10

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 11:  Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers reacts after not drawing a foul from the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloadin
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    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.