NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony and 10 Players Likely To Be Moved
It seems every year more names become available on the trade market as the NBA trade deadline approaches. This season, there have already been several significant trades, and more appear imminent as February 24 looms.
Many trade suitors are trying to add the final pieces to the puzzle before their playoff run. Other teams are simply trying to rid themselves of disgruntled players and expensive contracts.
Finally, there are teams, such as the Denver Nuggets, who simply want to get a return on their player before he decides to leave for greener pastures in free agency.
Everything appears to be set up quite nicely for a few major deals to happen before the deadline passes.
Here are 10 players that are most likely to be in a different uniform following the NBA trade deadline.
10. Andre Miller, Portland Trailblazers
Miller is a classic case of an above average player who constantly finds himself in trade rumors because he is not a star and is relatively inexpensive.
Based on how many times he has been dealt in his career, it does not appear as though he wins over the hearts of his teammates and coaches either. Even with the Trailblazers, there have been rumblings that Miller and Brandon Roy cannot play together.
Currently, Portland finds itself clinging to the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, which could delay a possible Miller move. But in reality, the Trailblazers front office knows the team cannot contend for a title this season.
Miller is averaging 13.2 PPG and 7.3 APG this season, which would certainly make him desirable to other teams. Some teams could use him as a backup point guard, but it is unclear if this is a role the 34-year-old is willing to accept.
9. Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers
Artest has denied reports that he wants to be traded out of Los Angeles, but that does not mean the Lakers are done looking to ship him out.
General manager Mitch Kupchak has publicly stated that he felt his team may need a trade in order to revive their defense and their hunger for another championship run. If Kupchak had it his way, Artest would likely be the player getting dealt.
Obviously, Artest comes with much uncertainty and off-the-court baggage that make a lot of potential suitors weary. On top of that, he is in just the second year of a lucrative five-year deal that many teams will not want to pay.
Artest is averaging a career-low 8.2 PPG, but teams still admire his physical defense and his overall rough playing style.
If the Lakers find a suitor, or agree to pay part of his salary, Artest's days in L.A. could be numbered.
8. O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies
Just three short years ago, Mayo was the third overall pick in the draft and the future of the Memphis organization.
However, this year things have changed considerably for the former USC star. He lost his starting job early in the season to rookie Xavier Henry and supposedly grew unhappy with his situation.
Mayo then found his name coming up in trade rumors beginning in January. As if that was not bad enough, Mayo also was recently suspended ten games for violating the NBA anti-drug policy.
He cannot be traded while he is suspended, which has currently put all Mayo trade talk on the back burner. Once he is activated, expect his name to run rampant in rumors.
For the season, Mayo is averaging a career-low 12.2 PPG. However, he has showcased his ability to score by averaging 16.7 PPG over his brief three-year career.
7. Brandon Roy, Portland Trailblazers
Trading Roy is really just wishful thinking from the Portland Trailblazers' front office.
Roy appeared destined to become a star after he won Rookie of the Year and became the face of the Trailblazers franchise. However, after several impressive seasons in the NBA, Roy appears to be slowing down.
He has played in just 23 games all season and has missed the last 26 straight due to injuries to both knees. Word is that Roy has no cartilage left in either knee and it is just constant bone-on-bone contact.
Roy has attempted to play through the injury, but so far has had little success. On top of that, there seems to be no real procedure that can be done to help Roy get permanently healthy.
With the amount of money Roy makes, and the uncertainty surrounding his knee injuries, it seems unlikely anyone would take on his baggage. However, that will not stop the Portland front office from trying to find a trading partner.
6. Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
Iguodala's name has been in trade rumors ever since the 76ers decided to select Evan Turner with the second pick in last year's draft.
This season, Iguodala has averaged 14.6 PPG, 6.0 APG and 5.7 RPG. Those numbers should definitely be sought after and could absolutely help any contending team make a playoff push.
However, Iguodala is currently in the third year of a six-year, $80 million contract he signed in his early days in Philadelphia. Many teams would balk at acquiring him for that price unless the 76ers pay for part of his remaining salary.
While Philadelphia is currently in the playoff hunt, they also know that their chances for an actual NBA Championship are slim to none. This may cause them to push for an Iguodala trade in an effort to further develop rookie sensation Evan Turner.
5. Richard Hamilton, Detroit Pistons
Richard "Rip" Hamilton may no longer be one of the marquee names on this list, but he is still a player that is likely to be traded by the deadline.
Hamilton, in his ninth season with Detroit, has had a huge falling-out with coach John Kuester and the rest of the Pistons organization.
After appearing in a rumored three-team trade involving the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets, the Pistons decided to sit Hamilton to avoid possible injury. Since then, he has played a total of 20 minutes and sat out 14 of the last 15 games.
Hamilton has supposedly become a distraction in a young Detroit locker room, which could be the driving force sending him out of town.
He is averaging just 13.3 PPG, his lowest total since becoming a Piston in 2002, but is still an above average shooter and could fill a scoring niche on many teams.
4. Wilson Chandler, New York Knicks
Wilson Chandler has heard his name mentioned in trade rumors all season and things should continue to heat up as the deadline approaches.
In no way are the Knicks happy about possibly having to deal Chandler. In fact, his solid play has simply made him more desirable for other teams that are dealing with the Knicks.
This season, Chandler has thrived under coach Mike D'Antoni's system, averaging 16.5 PPG and 6.0 RPG.
Recently, trade talks with Chandler have become more complicated because he allegedly is still feeling the effects of an injured ankle and could need offseason surgery.
In the end, New York is thrilled with Chandler's progression and production, but if all checks out medically, then they would not let him be the barrier that stops them from obtaining Carmelo Anthony.
3. Antawn Jamison, Cleveland Cavaliers
By now, pretty much everybody has heard how historically bad the Cavaliers have become since the departure of LeBron James. As bad as it currently seems, there also appears to be no real end in sight.
The Cavs appear to be at least several seasons away from rebuilding themselves into an NBA contender, and so could seriously consider moving Jamison.
Jamison was originally acquired to appease James and help the Cavaliers make a deep playoff run last season. However, since that did not come to fruition, Jamison could certainly be on the block.
The Cavs really have very little use for an aging player who is said to be considering retirement when his current contract runs out after next season.
At the same time, he is still averaging 17.2 PPG and 6.6 RPG, so he would definitely draw some interest among contenders.
Why would Cleveland not try and deal the 35-year-old for pieces that could help them do something meaningful in the future?
2. Aaron Brooks, Houston Rockets
Just a season ago, it seemed as though Aaron Brooks was the future of the Houston Rockets. In 2009-2010, he averaged 19.6 PPG on the way to being named the NBA's Most Improved Player.
However, this season, Brooks seems to have fallen out of favor in Houston.
After returning from an ankle injury, Brooks grew more and more displeased with coming off the bench and playing fewer minutes.
He also was suspended after he became upset with coach Rick Adelman's decision to sit him during crunch time in games.
Many believe the Rockets would be giving up too soon on a player that has such great promise. That being said, his name has still been linked to the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings.
1. Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets really have their hands tied and are being held hostage by Carmelo Anthony in this trade soap opera.
The Nuggets know that Anthony is going to leave Denver this offseason and they do not want to see him leave without getting anything in return—like what happened with Chris Bosh in Toronto.
However, other teams know that Anthony has his sights set on New York and may not sign an extension with anybody else. There are few teams willing to bring him on as a rented player for the rest of the season because of the cost it would take to acquire his talents.
In the end, the Nuggets really have no choice but to make an Anthony trade happen. As of right now, the Knicks appear to be the most likely landing spot.
There have also been rumors that the Dallas Mavericks, L.A. Lakers and Chicago Bulls are interested in trading for the four-time NBA All-Star