NBA Trade Rumors: How a Dwight Howard Deal to NY Would Affect Carmelo Anthony

Pat MarrujoContributor IFebruary 9, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: How a Dwight Howard Deal to NY Would Affect Carmelo Anthony

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during a break in the action against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. NOTE TO USER: Use
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    The latest rumor in the NBA is that Dwight Howard is trying to get out of Orlando and to the New York Knicks, the very team Carmelo Anthony is trying to go.

    This poses a big problem to Anthony because the Knicks would be forced to use most of their young talent to trade for Howard. So where would Carmelo turn to get his ticket out of Denver?

    That ticket my be harder to get than originally thought. If Howard does get moved to New York, it will greatly affect the Melo sweepstakes. Get ready NBA fans, we may have another wild and crazy off-season ahead of us.

    The following are 10 ways a Dwight Howard deal to New York would affect where Melo’s journey leads him.

10. Orlando Could Become a Possible Trade Destination

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    DENVER - JANUARY 13:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets controls the ball against Matt Barnes #22 of the Orlando Magic during NBA action at Pepsi Center on January 13, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Magic 115-97. NOTE TO USER:
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    If the Magic ship Howard to the Knicks, they will turn into the east coast version of the Phoenix Suns. They will have plenty of very good players, but no superstar to compete with the NBA elite. Carmelo could be the superstar they need.

    The team will be stockpiled with young talent it received from the Knicks, such as Anthony Randolph and Wilson Chandler. With a proven scorer like Carmelo, the Orlando Magic could easily return to being one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

    Orlando would probably have to trade away Jason Richardson’s big 14 million dollar expiring contract to make the deal work financially. They would probably have to also throw in someone like Wilson Chandler and a few draft picks. But when you are getting Carmelo Anthony, it is all worth it.

9. Melo Might Want to Stay in the West

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 14:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Western Conference smiles during the NBA All-Star Game, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at Cowboys Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Eastern Conference defeated the Western Con
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    If Howard ends up with the Knicks, the top four teams in the Eastern Conference (Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls) will be very intimidating. The biggest trend in college football is creating “super-conferences,” and in the NBA it is creating “super-teams.”

    But it seems like this may only be an east coast trend for now. In which case, why would you leave an aging Western Conference to go to more youth and talent loaded Eastern Conference?

    If Melo was to stay in the Western Conference, he would not have to play the “super-teams.” His competition will not be nearly as tough, and he will find himself starting on the all-star team every season. Sounds perfect doesn’t it?

8. With Houston Shopping Aaron Brooks, Are the Rockets Now an Option for Melo?

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 10:  Aaron Brooks #0 of the Houston Rockets celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the Boston Celtics on January 10, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Rockets defeated the Celtics 108-102. NOTE T
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    It is rumored that the Rockets are shopping Aaron Brooks to the Knicks. But if New York trades for Howard, it may not be possible to get Brooks to New York any longer. So the Rockets will have to look elsewhere for Brooks’s suitor.

    They could package Brooks and Yao Ming together in a deal for Anthony. The Nuggets would receive a young star in Brooks, and an expiring contract in Yao.

    But why would Melo be willing to go there? Two words: No Tax. Texas and Florida are the only two states with an NBA franchise that do not have a state income tax. If Melo is in it for the money, he comes to Texas.

7.Smaller Market Teams Could Join the Melo Sweepstakes

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    SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 25:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz during  Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 25, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Ut
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    Carmelo Anthony has made it apparent that the New York is his number one destination he would like to be traded to. But if they are no longer in the running, could he look at other options?

    There are many teams like Phoenix, Charlotte, Detroit and Golden State that are ready to blow their teams up, and start fresh. There is no better way to start fresh then getting one of the best scorers alive, and building a new team around him

    This scenario may be a long shot, but if someone could get Melo on board, it might be one of his best options.

6.Another Big Market Team Could Join the Melo Sweepstakes

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 5:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers goes up for a shot over Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on January 5, 2011  in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 106-93.  NOTE TO USER: User ex
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    The press is all over teams like the Lakers and the Knicks pursuing Carmelo, but other big market teams could make a late push.

    Teams like Chicago, Dallas or the LA Clippers. That’s right I said it, the Clippers. Could you imagine this starting lineup?

    PG-Baron Davis

    SG-Eric Gordon

    SF-Carmelo Anthony

    PF-Blake Griffin

    C-Chris Kaman

    The Clippers would instantly become one of the best teams in the Western Conference. This probably isn’t possible at all, but as fans, we can dream.

5. A Team Like the Sacramento Kings Could Have Chance in Free Agency

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    The Kings should have at least 25 million dollars in cap space this off-season. They could easily sign Carmelo and another very good player like David West, Jeff Green or Zach Randolph.

    They already have a good young core in Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, Melo could push them over the edge.

    The main issue is convincing Anthony to take a chance by signing with the Kings in the off-season. For this to happen, Anthony needs to become a free agent this off-season. But if Howard goes to the Knicks, this situation becomes much more likely.

4.Is New Jersey Back in the Running?

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 11:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets takes a shot over Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on November 11, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Lakers 118-112.  NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    About a month ago, the Nets decided to step away from trade discussions for Carmelo Anthony. But if Melo’s first choice, the Knicks, are no longer an option, then the New Jersey might start looking pretty good.

    Good young talent in Derrick Favors and Devin Harris, a lot of cap space, a Russian Billionaire owner, and a move to Brooklyn in 2012.

    The Nets have plenty to offer Carmelo. I think it would be smart of him to entertain this possibility again. There may not be a better place in the NBA where he could still be a superstar, and create his own championship caliber team.

3 The Lakers Have More Power

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets gets open and lookls for the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. NOTE TO USER: User ex
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    It is no secret that the Lakers have aggressively been trying to get Carmelo recently. If Howard is traded to New York, the Lakers gain a lot more power.

    With the Knicks out of the picture, the Lakers could be the only team involved in trade talks with the Nuggets about Anthony.

    The Nuggets saw what happened to the Suns last season with Amar’e Stoudemire. They waited the season out and hoped for the best in the off-season, but were eventually burned when Amar’e decided to sign with the Knicks.

    The Nuggets do not want to let this happen to them. So they might pull the trigger and get Andrew Bynum from the Lakers while they still can.

2. There Is A Better Chance Melo Returns to the Denver Nuggets

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    PHOENIX - OCTOBER 22:  Al Harrington #6 of the Denver Nuggets watches from the bench during the preseason NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on October 22, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    If Howard goes to the Knicks and the Nuggets don’t trade Melo to the Lakers, it is likely he will not be traded (unless one of the teams mentioned previously make a run for him). In which case, he may have no better option than to re-sign with Denver.

    There are no really attractive teams that would be able to sign him this off-season, unless he lowers his price tag (which I highly doubt). So he might entertain some of those offers, only to realize that the Nuggets are the only fit for him.

1. A New Big Three?

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 5:  A fan anticipating a possible impending trade wears a New York Knicks jersey with the first name and number of Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets during the game withthe Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Januar
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    Amar’e Stoudemire, Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony. A new “Big Three.”

    If Knicks GM Donnie Walsh could pull off a miracle and bring Melo to New York with Howard, the NBA would be very grateful. It would take some luck, magic, and just plain stupidity by other teams. But maybe, just maybe, it could happen.

    The Miami Heat and New York Knicks would dominate the league for years. Squaring off in some of the greatest showdowns in NBA history. This is probably the most unlikely of all ten scenarios I introduced. But it sure would be awesome.