NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony's Five Most Sensible Trade Destinations

Alec DoppCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2011

NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony's Five Most Sensible Trade Destinations

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    With Carmelo Anthony's apparent distaste for life (and basketball) in Denver, there are obviously countless numbers of NBA franchises willing to take the leap of faith for the perennial superstar.

    And with the once-in-a-lifetime type of talent Anthony maintains, you'd think someone would be determined enough to take a chance before the February 24th trade deadline, right?


    Here are five of the most sensible trade destinations for Carmelo Anthony.

New Jersey Nets

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    Why It Would Work: Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has voiced his intrigued opinion on Anthony's trade status.  And with the raw talent and potential Carmelo maintains, his addition could seemingly turn around New Jersey's latest fortunes.

    Lacking any type of big-name talent like that of Anthony, New Jersey would most likely be the best-case scenario for the Nuggets' stud superstar.

    Why It Wouldn't Work: As of a few weeks ago, Prokhorov has denied any trade rumors involving Anthony.  So, for Carmelo's sake, moving to Jersey probably wouldn't be the best idea.

Houston Rockets

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    Why It Would Work: As much as Carmelo is a viable threat to score at will, he also is a stout defensive player.  And Houston's "yeah but" defense is in need of a big-name playmaker—even coming from the defensive side of things.

    Why It Wouldn't Work: Carmelo's interest in the "big city" attractions out west may push him away from Houston.  And although Houston is a fairly large town, don't expect any changes in desire for Anthony in the weeks to come.

New York Knicks

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    Why It Would Work: Imagine a dual-threat combination of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.  Sounds like a fairly lethal unification, doesn't it? 

    Well, it's true.  Anthony is currently averaging over 23 points per game, and along with Stoudemire's 26 points per game, the two would be a legitimate threat to Boston, Chicago and Miami in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    Why It Wouldn't Work: Honestly, this is a win-win situation for both sides.  No negatives to be found here.

Milwaukee Bucks

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    Why It Would Work: Frankly, I can't see this happening anytime soon.  However the thought is rather intriguing.  With Brandon Jennings due to come back sooner than later and an established center in Andrew Bogut, the addition of Anthony could finally put Milwaukee over the top.

    Why It Wouldn't Work: Strictly too much loss.  In order for Milwaukee to pull off this stunner off all stunners, they would have to give up either too many pieces to the puzzle, or deal out a plethora of compensatory cash.  Besides that, Bucks coach Scott Skiles isn't about big-name players with larger-than-life egos.

Denver Nuggets

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    Why It Would Work: Staying put never hurt anybody. 

    Carmelo has made a living in playing for George Karl and the Nuggets, and remaining in Denver could put Anthony in a much better position to make a run at an NBA Championship than going somewhere else.

    Why It Wouldn't Work: Carmelo has stated many times how much he wants out.  So why are they holding him back?  Although the pieces are in place and the talent as apt as it ever will be, staying in Denver will not likely lead Anthony to the promised land.

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