Carmelo Anthony To LA Lakers: 10 Reasons the Blockbuster Deal Will Never Happen
It seems like every day, we hear about a new set of trade rumors involving Carmelo Anthony.
There was first the three-to-four team mega-trade that eventually fell through because either the Nets were leaking information or Anthony wasn't willing to sign the extension or the Nuggets kept changing their mind every day; at least that's what we've heard about why the deal didn't go down.
Then there's the rumored deal between the Nuggets, Knicks and Timberwolves that seems to make absolutely no sense for anyone other than the Knicks.
But now, there's this rumored new deal that the Nuggets and Lakers are apparently talking about Anthony. Supposedly, a rumored deal broke today that would send Anthony to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum. ESPN first reported the rumor, and it's been taking off ever since.
It's an interesting thought, but here's 10 reasons why it won't happen.
10. The Knicks Are Still More Likely
Regardless of what happens with any other trade, you get the feeling Carmelo still wants to be a Knick more than anything else.
Now, I doubt he'd mind playing with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol on the defending Champs, but the lure of MSG and the orange and blue still has to be in the back of his mind. Now the ESPN report did state Anthony would sign the extension, which would remove a major roadblock in the deal. But how would he react in Los Angeles?
When it comes down to it, Anthony still has the Knicks as his dream team.
9. He's No Longer the Guy
Since high school, Anthony has been the star wherever he's been, save for his work on the U.S. National Team. He was the star at Oak Hill, the star at Syracuse and the star in Denver. The offense ran through him, and he was the No. 1 option.
He goes to Los Angeles and he's no longer the No. 1 option; instead, he's at least the No. 2 behind Kobe and perhaps No. 3 on some nights if they decide to utilize Gasol. Obviously, he was able to make it work at the Olympics, but that's a different story. Can Anthony live with being a complimentary player?
8. Anthony's Lack of Big-Time Pressure
Again, save for his Olympic experience, Anthony hasn't gone deep in the NBA Playoffs. In fact, he's only gotten out of the first round once, when he lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.
For all he's accomplished, he's never been able to get his team over the hump in the West. Now, there were other reasons besides Anthony for his Nuggets teams struggling, and perhaps a change of venue would do him well.
But, I would think Anthony wants to forge his own legacy as a winner before teaming up with the Lakers.
7. Long-Term Impacts for the Lakers
The Lakers would have a trio in Anthony, Bryant and Gasol who would rival Miami's trio of Bosh, James and Wade. It would make the Lakers extremely dangerous, especially in the short-term.
But that's also a lot of money that would be tied up in those three players. Could the Lakers end up being in the situation the Heat are in, where the three stars are surrounded by bargain-basement role players? And especially with Bryant getting older and Gasol seeming to come and go, could Anthony end up being a burden on the Lakers' cap?
6. No Interest In Ron-Ron
If Carmelo went to the Lakers, it would mean the Lakers had to do something with Ron Artest. Which would be fine, except Chris Broussard stated in his report that the Nuggets have no interest in Artest.
Which would mean the Lakers would either have to convince Denver to take Artest or make a separate deal to move Artest involving a third team. Then it becomes like a situation like the other rumored Anthony deal, with draft picks and expiring contracts moving back and forth.
That lowers the possibility of making a deal happen.
5. Dealing Inside the Conference
I know the Nuggets need to make a decision regarding whether or not to trade Anthony before he could opt out and become a free-agent this year.
But Denver's also firmly in a playoff spot in the West and could very well face the Lakers down the road. It's not a strong message you're sending to the rest of the players and the fanbase as well if you sell off the best player to a conference rival you're presumably trying to knock off.
4. Publicly Making a Deal in the Press
An interesting note made by Pro Basketball Talk on NBCSports.com is that Denver gains a lot by leaking the information to the press, not to mention the Lakers don't like making deals publicly.
If this is true, and Denver is using this as leverage to make another deal or get a better deal, then it doesn't bode well for the Denver-Lakers deal. It also might gain some insight as to why the Nets deal collapsed as well. Of course, this is all speculation on NBC's part, but it's an interesting point to consider.
3. Trading Andrew Bynum
The latest news, according to NBCSports, is that the Busses turned down a Bynum for Anthony deal. And while it apparently has upset Kobe Bryant, it's another show of faith in Bynum.
He's a big part of what the Lakers do, and the organization has put a lot of money and time into him. And the fact they're willing to turn down Carmelo Anthony is perhaps the last stand for the Lakers and Bynum. He can be very effective, but he's also very young, raw and injury-prone. But the Lakers still think he can be a dominant center.
I'm sure there are a lot of people hoping they're right.
2. Bynum and the Nuggets
The Nuggets wouldn't turn their nose at a trade for Andrew Bynum, but Carmelo's absence would leave a gaping hole at the three-spot. And while Bynum would be a great young piece and the best young prospect the Lakers have to trade, he's also entering a frontcourt with Kenyon Martin and Nene.
Perhaps Al Harrington could play the three, but if he stays at the four, that crowds things even more for Bynum. Truth is, he wouldn't be a great fit in Denver.
1. The Lakers Don't Need Anthony
The Lakers have made it clear they're willing to make a deal.
But if the Anthony-Bynum deal were to happen, they're getting another scorer who can't rebound or play defense and are losing one of their best rebounders and interior presences. Losing Bynum means probably putting Lamar Odom as the power forward and moving Pau Gasol to center, and while that works, it also means the Lakers lose a lot of depth.
Now Odom's locked into the four instead of being a utility player like he is now, and he's still too inconsistent defensively to be counted on as a starter. Anthony would be a major move, but the proposed deal makes no sense for the Lakers.