NBA Trade Deadline 2011: A Move That Could Change History and Many Questions

Bobby DaleContributor IIFebruary 9, 2011

NBA Trade Deadline 2011: A Move That Could Change History and Many Questions

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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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    As far as rumors go where there is smoke there is usually fire. Unless there is some serious posturing going on the Lakers are trying to find a way to spice up their season and bring Carmelo Anthony into the fold. Currently the discussion about what to do with Carmelo Anthony has to be causing many sleepless nights in Denver's front office. This month will finally bring some resolution to the Carmelo saga. The running storyline of the season. If Anthony does make it to L.A. you can officially pencil the Lakers into the Conference Finals, and that is being conservative. But there are still many questions about what this trade would do to the Lakers, Nuggets, Anthony etc.

Will Andrew Bynum Finally Break Out Or Break Down?

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    BOSTON - JUNE 10:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers sits on the bench near the end of the Lakers' loss to the Boston Celltics during Game Four of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 10, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expr
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    It is understandable that big men can take a long time to develop. Perhaps Andrew Bynum will be an even later bloomer than normal. Perhaps he needs a change of scenery to become the focal point of an offense. But if Bynum does go to the Nuggets with a First round pick and a mid-range salary like Steve Blake, will he finally blossom? Or will the intensity of living and training in the high altitude be the last straw for the oft-injured big man?

Will Artest Play Nice Or Will He Go Too?

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03:  Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a lost possession against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Staples Center on February 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknow
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    Ron Artest can be the glue piece to a championship contender, or he can put up 20+ a game for an also-ran lottery-bound franchise. At his age though 18 a night is more likely in that scenario. While it has been debated as to whether or not Ron-Ron asked to be traded one thing is for certain trading Carmelo to the Lakers presents a line-up issue for the team as both Anthony and Artest are best fits at the small forward position. If Artest truly was upset about his role on the team, coming off the bench as a defensive specialist will surely send him up a wall. Based on salaries alone including Bynum and Artest for Anthony straight would take care of long-term and short term salary implications. This brings me to my next question.

What If Carmelo Stays In LA?

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets watches on against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Everyone in the NBA knows aside from the aura of playing in Madison Square there is nothing quite like the sizzle and spark of a hot Lakers team sweeping through the playoffs. If Anthony does make it to L.A. and they make it deep in the playoffs, perhaps even winning a championship how could he possibly walk away? He would have the big market he's looking for, a talented team in its Prime, and his wife could surely find a gig or two in the bustling entertainment world that is Los Angeles. The only question that comes into play is would the Lakers do what it takes to accommodate his salary demands?

How Will Kobe Respond?

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his defense during a stop in play against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Staples Center on February 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User
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    Many times throughout his career we have seen Bryant dictate to the team his terms. We have also seen Bryant play well with elite talent, even carving out a role that best suits the team in its ultimate goal. So is this trade being pushed for by Bryant? Is he willing to revert to the Olympic games Kobe Bryant in order to get his next championship ring? Or will we see another fantastic team with chemistry issues? How these two would play together is the ultimate factor in the long-term implications this trade would have.

Who Will Get Fired If Carmelo Stays In Denver?

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets looks on as he warms up for the second half 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 USE
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    At this point in time it is highly unlikely that Carmelo would stay in Denver without signing an extension, which is also highly unlikely. So this trade situation begs the question of who will lose their job if Melo walks this summer in exchange for a clean locker and an available number #15 jersey that the Nuggets can assign to any player they want?

Phil Jackson Or Mike D'Antoni?

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    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: Head coach of the New York Knicks, Mike D'Antoni gestures from the bench against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on February 2, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by
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    The potential of this trade going through has got to be keeping Donnie Walsh and Mike D'antoni up as well. After all, when the Nets trade fell through they had the market cornered for Anthony's services. But with this being a very real possibility they have to be thinking "We've got to get him by the deadline!" The last question for Carmelo has to be, do I want to play for Phil or Mike?

The Implications

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 14:  (L-R) Carmelo Anthony #15 and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Western Conference share a laugh 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 Co
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    These questions all have to be answered in some fashion by the trade deadline. However there are possibly many more that will be answered in the weeks to come. This move could have historic implications if it goes through. Aside from ripping the foundation out of the Nuggets franchise, possibly sending them back to the pre-McDyess days, it could vault Kobe & Co. to a three-peat, while setting them up for more potential glory. It also alters the assumed balance of power between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, as now the West will keep one of its brightest stars. Yet with all these questions one thing is for certain answers will not come easily. It looks almost for certain that Carmelo will be wearing a new uniform coming very soon, which one will that be is the only question that really matters.