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The Trade: Carmelo Anthony, Nene Hilario and Al Harrington for Yao Ming, Aaron Brooks, Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson, Shane Battier and draft picks.
Ok, I think all of us know Carmelo has been on the trading block for quite some time. He's almost been a Net about 15 times now. But even though you might not have heard it, Houston has been actively pursuing Melo since before the season started.
At one point, they were considered favorites to acquire him, but times have changed and new speculation comes out. Right now, Houston is a team considered to be a top player for Anthony, even without getting a guarantee of a contract extension. ESPN even said they are probably New York's biggest threat in obtaining Mr. Anthony. But onto the trade.
Although I, and many others, don't consider Carmelo Anthony to be a superstar, he is a great scorer, one of the best in the league. He is a go to guy who you can build a team around. Carmelo would immediately make Houston a playoff contender, the only question is, would he sign an extension? My theory on that, the new CBA will likely make the difference between resigning and signing as a free agent, so great that it will force Anthony to resign with Houston.
I say go for it.
Nene brings Houston a guy who can actually defend the post. Nene is far from an elite post defender, but hey, it's a start. Nene is also playing all-star caliber basketball on the offensive end and would take the place of Scola right away.
Al Harrington would most likely replace Scola at the power forward position with Nene at center. Al being in the deal is more of Denver wanting to get rid of his contract.
Now I know what some of you are saying, Luis Scola? Why would Denver want him? Well, I'm as confused as you, but sources report Denver thinks very highly of Scola and he would likely have to be included in a trade for Carmelo.
Aaron Brooks is a young point guard who could handle the scoring load once Carmelo leaves, he could keep them competitive enough to make a run at the playoffs.
Shane Battier would be the guy to mentor the young players and he also adds in seven million dollars of expiring contract. Yao Ming also adds in huge savings and a 17 million dollar expiring.
Patrick Patterson is a young guy with plenty of upside and is just what a rebuilding team who wants to stay somewhat competitive is looking for. And obviously they get a one or two first rounder to help with the rebuilding process.