NBA Trade Rumors: 8 Trades That Could Happen If Carmelo Anthony Moves
NBA trade rumors are flying around more rapidly than ever as we are in the final month before the February 24th trade deadline. No name being rumored is bigger than Carmelo Anthony, and their are suitors working out their propositions from coast to coast.
The hottest Melo rumor right now is a three-way deal that would send Anthony to the New Jersey Nets with some help from the Detroit Pistons. Some of the possible scenarios have included names like Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, DaJuan Summers, Al Harrington, Devin Harris, and Troy Murphy.
There is a growing number of NBA fans who would like to see the Los Angeles Clippers work a deal that would team Carmelo with red-hot red-shirt rookie, Blake Griffin.
The New York Knicks are still seeing what they can do to make Melo theirs too.
If/When Carmelo Anthony gets traded, then the question is "what happens next?" Let's take a look.
Troy Murphy To Orlando
If Melo is moved to New Jersey in a three team deal involving Detroit, that deal would most likely include Troy Murphy moving from the Nets to the Pistons.
Murphy hasn't given much to the Nets this season, and with one year left on his contract it doesn't seem like he would be a great fit for Detroit's future plans.
A team that could use a F/C type with three-point range is Orlando. They love their shooters and need to add another true post to their playoff lineup.
Orlando still has a lot of assets on their roster, and someone like Earl Clark, Ryan Anderson, or Daniel Orton could be a coveted building block by Detroit.
The Pistons have said they would want to keep Murphy, and Orlando would want them to buy him out of his deal. If the Melo trade goes through the parties could come to a common ground.
Clippers Trade Chris Kaman
The Clips would love to get their hands on Melo but if they can't it won't stop their quest for a SF.
The problem is that LA is also cheap, so they won't go out and grab a SF unless the price is right.
Gerald Wallace and Andre Iguodala demand too much dough, but if Tayshaun Prince isn't in a Carmelo Anthony three-way, he would make sense financially for the Clips.
Then again, maybe the team thinks they have their guy in Al-Farouq Aminu.
The Knicks Counterpunch
With Carmelo in New Jersey, that would once again constrict the number of stars the Knicks could pair with Amar'e Stoudemire.
I wouldn't expect the NY to do anything foolish, but Donnie Walsh is always trying to upgrade his situation.
Walsh thinks he can get a first round pick for Anthony Randolph. The pick might be in 2012 but if it's from the T-Wolves it should be a good one and there is a chance he can get multiple picks.
With picks comes more ammo to make a trade in the future, or possibly a quick-flip before the deadline.
Bulls Trade For A SG
Keith Bogans is a major liability for the Bulls. While experts are discounting Chicago's chances of making it to the Finals, this team could catch any of the East's three beasts sleeping.
The one thing they need to be considered a serious championship contender is a legit two-guard who can do more than stand in the corner on offense.
Anthony Parker and Tony Allen are the top two names being mentioned. They are the most inexpensive starter-quality options on the market.
With Melo gone, the Nuggets would need J.R. Smith's scoring more but as of right now the team hasn't had any major reservations about dumping him and his contract is up after this season.
Chicago doesn't want to trade Taj Gibson, so it could be tougher than expected to acquire one of these SGs.
Nets Overpay For A SF
If Carmelo Anthony gets traded to a team other than the Nets things would get really fun.
New Jersey has been trying hard to get someone to be their guy, and nobody wants to bite.
Without Melo they can say goodbye to signing Chris Paul in 2012, and with a soft 2011 FA class a trade would be the only option.
The Nets could go after Stepehn Jackson and Gerald Wallace. Vince Carter's return to NJ would attract fans. Andre Iguodala is in play here too.
Mavericks Trade For A Wing
It looks like Caron Butler won't be back until the playoffs, if then, and with Dallas on a major skid they seem like a prime candidate to make yet another deadline deal.
Mark Cuban doesn't have any trouble spending money but he might not be willing to go into Iguodala territory.
The top players rumored are Stephen Jackson, Tayshaun Prince, J.R. Smith, Corey Maggette, or Devin Harris. Aside from Maggette, all of the players are on teams shopping players hard right now.
If Cuban is serious about a title Iguodala would be the best option though.
Gerald Wallace To Cleveland
This deal has been rumored for quite awhile. Cleveland has a $14.5 million trade exception from LeBron James so they have some trade flexibility.
The Cavs would also receive a lottery protected pick because they could consume the cost.
Wallace's injuries have hurt his trade value some, so Cleveland could get a real deal here--not that it would help them much.
76ers Trade Andre Iguodala
Around the time of the Magic-Suns trade Iguodala rumors were much hotter than they are now. So either teams aren't interested, or it's the calm before the storm.
Although Philly is in the playoffs right now, they are playing sub .500 basketball and could be caught by a handful of teams--including a hot, Melo-led New Jersey Nets.
Dallas, Chicago, LAC, and NY could all use the dynamic wing, just to name a few.