By nature, a trade is meant to benefit all parties involved, at least from a team perspective.
Of course, there are always lopsided deals—Pau Gasol to the Lakers, anyone?—but teams generally try to work out an arrangement that will help everyone taking part in the swap.
That's not always the case for the players, though. Teams have no problem putting talented guys in miserable situations and vice versa. Good players also relish the opportunity to have their supporting casts instantly upgraded through a trade.
As most NBA fans know by now, trade winds have been swirling around the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets as the latter attempts to get their hands on a bonafide superstar.
As recently as a few days ago, talks seemed to be at a standstill, but a recent report says that the Nets have now been given permission to talk to Anthony. This intimates that the teams have reached an agreement on the pieces involved with the final hurdle being Anthony's willingness to sign an extension with the Nets.
That's where the meeting comes in. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will do everything he can to sell Anthony on the team's future and convince him its the place to be.
The latest word on a potential deal indicated that the Detroit Pistons would be involved, headlined by Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton heading to New Jersey, Devin Harris and Derrick Favors going to Denver and Troy Murphy moving to Detroit.
There would also be multiple first-round picks changing hands, and the players involved reportedly range between 12 and 15.
The other players who could be changing teams are New Jersey's Anthony Morrow, Ben Uzoh, Quinton Ross, Johan Petro and Stephen Graham. Denver would also be sending Al Harrington, Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter packing.
For different reasons, each team would accomplish their goals with that trade, although it is still questionable what it would do for each organization long term. That's just how it goes with these things.
So now you're wondering what that would mean for the athletes involved. That's what I'm here for.
Continue reading for a player-by-player breakdown, looking at who wins and loses with this possible mega-deal.