As the NBA Trade Deadline quickly approaches, organizations such as the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks are desperately attempting to make their final pleas behind-the-scene's in order to land Carmelo Anthony, a four-time NBA All-Star.
There is no doubt that Anthony is an outstanding athlete who can dramatically change the atmosphere of almost any franchise, but is he really worth the $65 million price tag and the disposal of almost half of your squad?
The Nets and Knicks apparently believe so, along with a few other teams that have also attempted to enter the mix for 'Melo.
Certainly $65 million over the next three years may be a bit too much for one player, but imagine what amazing things Carmelo could do if he had a dominant big man such as Brook Lopez or Amar'e Stoudemire on his team. Anthony has led the Denver Nuggets to being a consistent playoff threat with not much talent around him.
Having a Brook Lopez or an Amar'e Stoudemire alongside Carmelo Anthony would form one of the most dangerous combinations around the league. Sure $65 million is a bit pricey, but the signing immediately ensure's that the team will be a consistent playoff team, year in and year out.
Trades currently on the table
Knicks: Reportedly offered Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph and a 2014 first-round draft pick in return for Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter. Curry, Randolph, and cash considerations would go to the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Corey Brewer, Chandler, Gallinari, and Felton would head to Denver.
Nets (reached a tentative agreement with the Nuggets, only pending Anthony's signing of a $65 million extension): Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Ben Uzoh, Troy Murphy and four first-round draft picks in return for Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Melvin Ely, Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams.
It was reported that Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov would meet with Carmelo Anthony on Saturday night, and on Sunday he had told CNBC that the meeting was "fantastic."
The Russian billionaire told CNBC, "As you know, my instinct was to stay away and I still think that is the right decision. But when the meeting was fixed, Billy King [the Nets general manager] called me and said, 'We need you.' I was convinced and I still think I'm right to stay away, but we have teamwork so sometimes we need to be all together." Prokhorov went on to say, "I think we made a very good tactical decision to force [the] Knicks to pay as much as they can. So it's very good, it's very interesting, it's very competitive."
Was this simply an attempt to scare the Knicks, or does Prokhorov really believe that New Jersey is the frontrunner? This we do not know, but will find out very shortly with the NBA Trade Deadline rapidly approaching this Thursday.