Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Keeping Up With The Joneses?

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIJanuary 17, 2011

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets takes a free throw against the Miami Heat at the Pepsi Center on January 13, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Heat 130-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

It appears that Carmelo Anthony will not be a Denver Nugget much longer. A trade could go down as early as this week or could be held up until the trade deadline, depending on Carmelo's willingness to sign a contract extension with the Nets. On any note, although he has not expressed it verbally to the public, it appears Carmelo does not want to be a member of the Nuggets anymore.

The apparent desire to leave Denver raises questions. Anthony says the main reason for him to leave Denver would be for nothing else but improving his chances at winning a championship. This begs the question: does he really think he has a better shot at winning a championship in New Jersey?

Currently, the Nets were 10-30. Assuming he will be traded to New Jersey, Carmelo and his new teammates may have a hard time scratching the postseason with only half a season left to play.

However, they are only 6-and-a-half games back of the eighth spot in the top-heavy Eastern Conference. So, let's say they make the seventh or eighth seed in the East. That would leave them with a likely first-round matchup with either the Celtics or Heat. I don't think the Nets would have the personnel or the chemistry to top one of those teams.

On that note, the last time I checked the Nuggets have a pretty good basketball team, with a good blend of veteran leadership and young talent. Obviously, the Nuggets are not favored to win the Western Conference, but are only two seasons removed from playing in the conference finals. Not to mention, the Nuggets would be playing playoff basketball if the postseason started today.

It just makes one wonder if Carmelo's urge for a new setting was sparked by the free agent moves made by LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join the Miami Heat.

It may be an example of some of your peers forming a secret club on the playground, and out of jealousy or admiration, trying to form your own secret club in an effort to keep up with them. In other words, it may be a classic case of trying to keep up with the Joneses...or in this case the Heatles.

It appeared as though Chris Paul was about to fall victim to this mindset as well. This past summer,  right after LeBron's announcement, there were stories Paul was going to demand a trade from New Orleans unless they could get him more help. After a week or so of serious trade rumors, Paul said he was committed to turning the Hornets into a contender.

Honestly, the odds of either the Nets or Nuggets raising a championship banner after this season are pretty slim, no matter which team Carmelo is playing on. With that being said, what about having some loyalty to the franchise you have spent your whole career with? Or trying to get the Nuggets back to where they were two seasons ago?

Superstars trying to finagle and come together with one another to form these rock star super-teams may be the demise of the NBA. NBA players have the right to change teams just like you and I have the right to change companies within our professions. However, at the end of the day you have to ask: Why? Is it really for trying to win a championship? Or is he just saying, whatever you can do, I can do better?

Whenever the players and owners decide on a new collective bargaining agreement, something must be done to slowdown this dangerous trend that is being set in the NBA. If they don't, maybe the entire Eastern Conference All-Star team will be wearing Knickerbocker blue in a few years.