Carmelo Anthony: Potential Move to Nets Would Be Huge

Rachel MarcusCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2011

Carmelo Anthony would make the Nets big-time.
Carmelo Anthony would make the Nets big-time.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Let's put aside all of the rumors surrounding this potential Carmelo Anthony to the Nets deal. Let's put aside the analysis, the money and the other players. 

Here's what we should do—focus on the bigger picture here. 

What exactly is the bigger picture? Carmelo Anthony to the Nets.

Now I'm not getting any hopes up. Who knows if he's headed to Jersey? But let's say he is. Wishful thinking, I know, but let's go out on a limb and say he joins the Nets.

Well, what does that mean?

Ignoring the analysts and critics, 'Melo to the Nets would be huge for the New Jersey.

Right now, the Nets are awful. Not much better than last year. If Anthony does decide to sign an extension with the Nets, then he obviously is looking toward the future. A future that, with him, will be bright.

Imagine the Nets with Carmelo Anthony next season. Sure, his defense may be shoddy. Plus the Nets would have to give up a lot to get him.

But this is Carmelo Anthony. There's a reason why he attracts all of this attention and speculation. It's because he's that good.

What would he do for the Nets? Hopefully what he's done for the Nuggets. Bring them back to relevancy. Make them good again.

Sure, those are lofty goals for one player who we aren't even sure about. This could all be for naught. He may not come to New Jersey. And if he did, he would command the offense. There would not be much surrounding him besides Brook Lopez.

But if the Nets can miraculously grab Carmelo, pair him up with Lopez and make some sort of run, then there is hope.

Anytime you can get a superstar, you should go for it. Yes, it may not work out, but if you don't try, you will never know. Plus, any team with Carmelo Anthony is better than what the Nets have to offer now.

So let the pundits complain. Let them say the Nets don't need Carmelo. Heck, Carmelo may not even want the Nets.

But if he does and if he lands in New Jersey, then the Nets have something (and someone) to get excited about.

Can't get much better than that in the NBA.