NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony and the 20 Hottest Names in the Trade Market
As the NBA Trade Deadline continues to get closer and closer, many teams around the league are beginning to explore all of their trade options as they try to mold their organization into serious playoff contenders.
Everybody is now familiar with the many trade rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony, as quite a few NBA teams have listed certain players as available.
The Orlando Magic have made it known that they are in the process of searching for a backup center or two, while it has been rumored that the Chicago Bulls have been looking for an upgrade at shooting guard.
Rumors will continue to fill up the headlines, but the following slides exhibit 20 of the hottest names in the NBA that have been recently involved in serious trade talks.
F Anthony Randolph, New York Knicks
Weight: 225 pounds
Season Stats: 2.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.20 BPG, and 0.9 APG in 7.9 MPG
Marc Berman of the New York Post has recently reported that the Knicks and Timberwolves have a "contingent deal" in place, that would send Randolph to Minnesota for a first-round pick, which would be used in the attempt to trade for Carmelo Anthony.
Randolph hasn't been developing his game as expected, so the Knicks should be trading the forward out of LSU within the next two weeks, in their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony.
SG Richard Hamilton, Detroit Pistons
Weight: 193 pounds
Season Stats: 13.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.6 APG, and .68 SPG in 25.8 MPG
Richard Hamilton is one of the many pieces to the puzzle of the Carmelo Anthony trade. Other than that, his name hasn't been included in any other trade rumors.
The latest rumors involving the veteran shooting guard included Chauncey Billups and Carmelo for New Jersey's Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Devin Harris and some future first-round picks.
SF Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers
Weight: 200 pounds
Season Stats: 11.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, and .87 SPG in 29.6 MPG
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports Monday, the Denver Nuggets are interested in Nicolas Batum and would like to include him in the Carmelo trade.
Berger wrote, "Nuggets GM Masai Ujri would prefer to parlay Devin Harris into Batum by involving Portland in the deal, a scenario they thoroughly explored before the Pistons' involvement as a third team, sources said."
SG J.R. Smith, Denver Nuggets
Weight: 220 pounds
Season Stats: 11.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, and 1.11 SPG in 24.7 MPG
J.R. Smith's name hasn't been involved in talks surrounding the blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade which is currently in the works, but their is a chance that his expiring contract be moved in a separate trade.
Before Denver makes any other acquisitions, they have made it clear that they will focus on the Carmelo situation first, then move on from there.
SG Nick Young, Washington Wizards
Weight: 210 pounds
Season Stats: 15.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, and .67 SPG in 28.7 MPG
Nick Young had been rumored to be on the trading block for the Washington Wizards, but with his recent impressive play of late, including his 43 point performance against the Kings on Tuesday, that may no longer be the case.
Since Gilbert Arenas was traded, Young has continued to produce at a higher rate so any trade possibilities may be slowly disappearing.
SF Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings
Weight: 225 pounds
Season Stats: 9.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, and .82 SPG in 22.9 MPG
The Chicago Bulls have made it known that they are currently seeking a shooter to add to their roster, and recently they have had some increased interest in Omri Casspi.
The only way that the Kings will consider a deal for Casspi, is if the team that trades for him also agrees to take on a longer-term deal, such as Francisco Garcia.
SG O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies
Weight: 210 pounds
Season Stats: 12.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.9 APG, and .95 SPG in 29.0 MPG
Rumor has it that the Memphis Grizzlies have been shopping O.J. Mayo around to other teams, with the Denver Nuggets being one that is not interested. According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, "Denver has no interest in Mayo, source says, so Knicks have to go back to the drawing board." The Knicks have reportedly approached the Grizzlies about adding O.J. Mayo to the trade offer to Denver in their quest for Carmelo Anthony.
But, recent reports from The Commercial-Appeal have the Grizzlies' general manager, Chris Wallace, saying that the team has no plans on trading the shooting guard out of USC. He also denied any conversations with New York or Denver about Mayo.
SG/SF Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Weight: 188 pounds
Season Stats: 8.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, and 1.70 SPG in 24.8 MPG
With increased production from players like Wesley Johnson, Brewer has seen his minutes take a hit here or there, which has created trade talk surrounding the Forward out of Florida. Brewer has said that he would like to remain on the Timberwolves past this season.
Brewer told the Star Tribune, "I guess I was thinking about all that earlier this season. I didn't know what my future was. I still don't. From starting to not starting, it was tough. Finally I figured out all I could do was come to work. I love being here, I've been here my whole career. I don't know anything else."
PG Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
Weight: 178 pounds
Season Stats: 17.1 PPG, 10.7 APG, 3.5 RPG, and .63 SPG in 32.6 MPG
Steve Nash's name has been filling the headlines recently, with it being reported that the Suns were shopping around the 14-year pro.
Nash told The Arizona Republic that "He [Lon Babby, President of basketball operations] told me a month ago when it first sprung up that he had no plans to move me." He went on saying, "I'm still happy. I just want to try to win games for these fans and our team because that's the most frustrating thing."
PF Al Harrington, Denver Nuggets
Weight: 250 pounds
Season Stats: 12.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, and .59 SPG in 26.2 MPG
Al Harrington has been a lot of trade talk of late, with the most recent being about the big Nets-Nuggets-Pistons three-way trade. ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted, "Hold up to trade is Denver wants New Jersey to take Al Harrington. New Jersey doesn't want to because Harrington has four years and $28 million left on his deal."
Right now it seems like this is the biggest reason for the current stall in the trade. This past offseason Harrington was a free agent and actually wanted to sign with New Jersey, but the team never offered him a contract.
PF/C Marcus Camby, Portland Trail Blazers
Weight: 235 pounds
Season Stats: 6.2 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.89 BPG, and .92 SPG in 29.1 BPG
Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times has written that "plenty of teams have already inquired about Camby, but Richard Cho, Portland's general manager, is not inclined to trade him."
To the Knicks fans that were hoping Camby would return to New York, don't hold your breath. Abrams also reported that "there has been no dialogue between the Knicks and Cho concerning Camby in some time, according to an NBA executive."
C Samuel Dalembert, Sacramento Kings
Weight: 250 pounds
Season Stats: 4.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.62 BPG, and 0.7 APG in 19.3 MPG
There has been some trade speculation of late surround Samuel Dalembert and his reported unhappiness in Sacramento.
Fanhouse's Sam Amick has listed Houston, Oklahoma City and Orlando as potential destinations for the Center out of Seton Hall. Dalembert is a solid player who could contribute big numbers if placed in the right situation.
PG Jonny Flynn, Minnesota Timberwolves
Weight: 185 pounds
Season Stats: 4.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, and .33 SPG in 16.7 MPG
As it becomes more likely that Ricky Rubio will join the Timberwolves next season, selected fifth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, Johnny Flynn may be expendable for Minnesota.
Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the T'Wolves "made an inquiry" about Aaron Brooks by offering Flynn in return. Wojnarowski added that the "conversation went nowhere."
PG Chauncey Billups, Denver Nuggets
Weight: 202 pounds
Season Stats: 16.2 PPG, 5.2 APG, 2.0 RPG, and 1.24 SPG in 32.9 MPG
Chauncey Billups' name has been involved in the trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Nets, but Billups has already said he would ask for his contract to be bought out if he didn't like where he was traded to.
It's not clear if the Nuggets are actually trying to move Billups, or if he was just a piece in plan to trade Melo of out Denver.
SF Gerald Wallace, Charlotte Bobcats
Weight: 220 pounds
Season Stats: 16.4 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.26 SPG, and 1.19 BPG in 39.0 MPG
Gerald Wallace has been shopped by the Bobcats for quite some time now, but his continuous injuries make him a difficult component to move.Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers showed recent interest in Wallace and would use the $14.5 million trade exception form LeBron James.
Whichever team that may acquire Wallace, would be taking on a guaranteed $19 million remaining on his current contract.
PF Derrick Favors, New Jersey Nets
Weight: 246 pounds
Season Stats: 6.9 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and .59 BPG in 18.8 MPG
Derrick Favors is currently the centerpiece of the Carmelo Anthony trade, from Denver's standpoint, and is prepared for whatever his future may hold, with the suspense surrounding the franchise for quite a while now.
PG D.J. Augustin, Charlotte Bobcats
Weight: 180 pounds
Season Stats: 14.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.3 APG, and .64 SPG
It had been rumored that Michael Jordan was interested in trading D.J. Augustin, but with the arrival of new Head Coach Paul Silas, after the firing of legendary coach Larry Brown, it looks like the point guard may remain in Charlotte for longer than expected.
Silas apparently likes what he see's from Augustin, which means Jordan will keep him on the roster and give him the chance to prove himself further.
PG Daniel Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Weight: 200 pounds
Season Stats: 13.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, and .84 SPG in 29.3 MPG
Daniel Gibson, along with Anderson Varejao, have reportedly been inquired about in recent trade talks with other teams. The four-year point guard shows some real potential and may be valuable if inserted into the right trade scenario.
PG Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets
Weight: 190 pounds
Season Stats: 16.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 7.0 APG, and 1.06 SPG in 31.7 MPG
With Devin Harris being a part of the blockbuster deal that would land Carmelo in New Jersey, he realizes that he must maintain his focus and continue to perform the current job in front of him.
Harris told The Star-Ledger, "I've been dealing with it since the summertime. Until it's imminent, we've just got to focus on playing basketball. That's all we can do. How can they tell me unless it's imminent? How can they really communicate with us? Until it's agreed upon, no deal is really safe. That really puts a strain on our team when you tell a guy he's traded and he has to come back. I think that's one of the really worst things to deal with as a player."
SF Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
Weight: 230 pounds
Season Stats: 23.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, and .84 SPG in 35.0 MPG
When asked about playing in New York once again, Anthony told ESPN's Colleen Dominguez on Friday, "That's like the ultimate dream at the end of the day. Who wouldn't want to go back home to play? I don't know, I mean I can't really answer that question. It's tough for me to sit here and say, 'oh, I want to play in New York' [or] 'Oh, I want to play in New Jersey' [or] 'Oh, I want to stay here in Denver.'"
The NBA league office has confirmed that Denver can grant New Jersey the right to talk with Carmelo, in the attempt of agreeing to some kind of extension prior to the trade.