NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony or Deron Williams More Likely to Be Traded?

Chris HawkinsContributor IIIFebruary 15, 2011

DENVER - APRIL 28:  Deron Williams #8 of the Utah Jazz reacts after being called for a foul against Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Jazz 116-102 as the Jazz hold a 3-2 lead in the series. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams have witnessed their respective teams suffer from inconsistent play for the past three seasons—more so this season than any other.

The Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz have been the subject of headlines not for their on-court play, but their off-the-court distractions.

Anthony continues to ponder his future in Denver, and Williams continues to fend off speculation that he ran coach Jerry Sloan out of Utah.

These are two players who have a good chance of wearing another jersey in the next few years. How likely is it that either player will be traded by the deadline?

 

Carmelo Anthony

Trade speculation has been endless for Carmelo Anthony, with numerous twists and turns.

First of all, it is clear that Anthony has lost all leverage in this ongoing saga ever since the Nets pulled themselves out of trade talks with the Nuggets.

The Knicks know this, which is why they have conducted talks with the Nuggets with no sense of urgency. They know that Anthony desires playing for them. They also know that they don’t have to part ways with their more important assets—not when they can just attempt to bring in Anthony as a free agent next year. It is likely that the Knicks won’t have to pay Anthony as much money under the new CBA next year.

Now, in the latest turn of events, the Knicks have reportedly turned down the latest trade offer from Denver.

In the Nuggets’ proposed package, the Knicks would have sent Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry’s expiring $11 million contract and a first-round pick. Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony would’ve been sent to the Knicks.

As the deadline draws closer, it appears that the Nuggets are growing more content to just let Anthony’s contract expire.

 

Deron Williams

Jerry Sloan’s departure leads one to believe Williams won’t be far behind.

Williams has been frustrated by some of the decisions made by management, like trading Ronnie Brewer to the Grizzlies for practically nothing and letting Carlos Boozer walk in free agency.

This roster is far from winning a title as currently constructed, and Williams is slowly coming to this realization.

Their biggest weakness is they lack a perimeter player who can create his own shot. It is barely noticeable with Williams conducting this Jazz team. But during some games this season, this flaw has reared its ugly head, which has led to Williams’ turnovers because he has to do too much.

Their pick-and-roll defense has been poor as well. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap’s slow feet often leave other players scrambling to get in position. When either big man picks up Williams’ man, it normally leads to a layup because they have trouble funneling that man away from the rim.

It is highly unlikely that the Jazz trade him at the deadline.

Williams has a player option for $17 million in the year 2013, so it may be a little too soon to speculate on his future.

But the possibility is there that he will leave the first chance he gets as a free agent. If that is the case, the Jazz can’t afford to lose him for nothing.