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NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby and the Latest NBA Buzz

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby and the Latest NBA Buzz

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    NBA trade rumors keep swirling as we get closer and closer to the deadline, so we're back at it with another day's NBA buzz.

    We'll be going back to the Carmelo Anthony saga in Denver. There's still plenty to talk about as the Knicks and Nets try to outbid each other for Anthony.

    We'll also be going around the league, talking about players like Marcus Camby, who has been floated around in trade rumors.

    There's plenty to talk about as we get closer to the All-Star break. We also had a full slate of games last night, and there's plenty of news to tackle from those games.

    As always there's no need to refresh, as the updates will come straight to you. If you have any questions or thoughts, leave them in the comments.

    There's a lot to cover, so let's get right to it.

Are We Close to a Carmelo Deal?

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    The Melo-Drama may finally come to an end.

    We have said that multiple times about different teams, but this could be the final dance for the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks. According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, the two sides are getting closer to a deal that would send Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter or Renaldo Balkman to New York and would see Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, Eddy Curry and a first-round pick go to Denver.

    According to the report, NBA commissioner David Stern didn't want a deal done yesterday because he didn't want anything to overshadow the All-Star Game. The deal that would send Anthony to the Nets is still in play, but not likely because Anthony will not sign the extension with New Jersey.

    The Knicks are making a huge mistake here. New York doesn't need two max contracts on the books heading into a new collective bargaining agreement that will significantly lower the salary cap, pushing the Knicks right up against it and limiting what the team can do in free agency.

    Not only that, but New York is trading away great role players and glue guys for a championship run. The move reeks of desperation and has Isiah Thomas' hand prints all over it.

    If and when this trade goes through, people are going to hype up the Knicks. However, once they take the court, people will see that it's not what they thought it would be with Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire on the same team.

Which Player Could Make or Break a Deal with New York?

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    Timofey Mozgov might be the guy who makes or breaks a deal for Carmelo Anthony.

    This might be the most surreal moment of your life right now. Alan Hahn of Newsday tweeted last night that Denver demanded that Mozgov be included in the deal or else the Nuggets would trade Anthony to New Jersey.

    However, Chris Broussard of ESPN.com later tweeted that his sources were saying that report isn't true and that Mozgov isn't going to make or break any deal that the two teams do. You may remember Mozgov as the guy Blake Griffin dunked over when the Clippers played the Knicks in Los Angeles, but he's also the same guy who is being groomed to be one of the big men of the future in New York.

    I'm surprised the Nuggets didn't ask for Landry Fields too, just to stir the pot a little more.

    New York just keeps giving into demands and it's not a shock that Mozgov is in the package in the Denver Post's latest breakdown of the trade. At first, asking for Danilo Gallinari was too steep of a price, and the Knicks caved on that. New York keeps giving in to what Denver wants, and no player is worth this much in return.

    Only the Knicks could bargain from a position of strength and somehow turn it into a position of weakness. I feel bad for Knicks fans out there, I really do.

Is the Door Closed on New Jersey?

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    The New Jersey Nets are not out of this deal.

    According to the New York Post, Carmelo Anthony is expected to tell the Nets if he will accept a trade and an extension to play there today and according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, Anthony did not close the door on the Nets when the two sides met on Saturday night.

    If Anthony would accept the deal, you'd have to think he would be headed to New Jersey. The Nets are essentially giving up five first-round picks, if you count Derrick Favors, to land Anthony. Not only that, but Devin Harris is in the deal as well. That's a boatload of talent for Anthony and would give Denver something to build the team around in the future.

    However, if the reports that we've heard for months are true, then Anthony wants to play for the Knicks. New York has ponied up more than it offered to start the trade talks and Denver has gotten pretty much everything it has wanted from the Knicks.

    It would be a shocking turn of events if Anthony decided to go to New Jersey, where he'd have no real talent around him to try and win a championship, when he could play with Amar'e Stoudemire in Madison Square Garden. Would you rather play with Stoudemire or Brook Lopez? I think the answer is obvious, so Anthony needs to make the smart decision and go play for the Knicks.

Could Denver Hang On to Carmelo?

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    There is still a chance that Carmelo Anthony stays in Denver.

    Sure, it's a slim chance, but there's still a chance. According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, the chances of Anthony staying with the team that drafted him are very slim, but Denver is still considering hanging on to Anthony.

    Berger also reported that a nuclear option, which would involve telling Anthony that New York, as well as an extension with the Nuggets, are off the table, leaving New Jersey as the only way out, is not an option at this point of the proceedings. That is mainly because other players would see this, and it could hurt Denver's chances to land big-time talent in the future.

    Sometimes, I wonder if Denver knows what it's doing at all. At times, the Nuggets look like evil geniuses for somehow getting this much talent and assets from two teams that had a lot more leverage than Denver.

    Then at times, the Nuggets simply can't get out of their own way and look like they're running a team on NBA 2K11 instead of a real franchise.

    Anthony seemed like he was sure he wouldn't be in a Denver uniform much longer, and so should everyone else. Now it's just a matter of New Jersey or New York.

Who Could Golden State Pursue in the Offseason?

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    According to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, if the Golden State Warriors cannot find the big man they are looking for at the deadline or in the draft, the team will consider signing Greg Oden or Yao Ming to fill the void.

    Both of these guys have had serious injury issues over the past couple of years, so they would likely come cheap, but it's a huge risk to try and depend on guys who have bad legs. Oden's barely seen the floor his entire career, and Yao seems to be breaking down more and more each time he steps on the court.

    Golden State has a lot of talent on its team with Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and David Lee, but there is no dominant big man who can really step in and take charge. Yao has shown he can do that during his career, and with his finesse style and ability to hit outside shots, you have to think that he would be the team's first choice in the open market.

    Oden, on the other hand, is a giant question mark and I doubt he can ever give a team a full season. No one likes to see it, but it looks like the grim reality for Oden. Hopefully he can prove me and all of the other doubters wrong.

Could Marcus Camby Retire If He's Traded?

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    According to Jason Quick of The Oregonian, Marcus Camby and his camp have hinted that he would contemplate retirement if he was traded before this year's deadline.

    Camby has been talked about in trade rumors in the past and the fact that he has an expiring contract is something that would be appealing to a lot of teams. However, Camby has made it clear he wants to stay in Portland.

    Not only that, but the center has been out with a knee injury and the team would like to get him on the court before the deadline so any possible suitors can see him play.

    The whole retirement thing sounds like a bluff to me. I don't see any way Camby retires if Portland moves him to a team that can contend for a title. Sure, he may love Portland and that's why he signed there, but there isn't a way he'd pass up a chance to play for a championship.

    I wish Oklahoma City would say it was interested, as the Thunder could use the big man in the middle, grabbing big rebounds at big moments.

    Portland is going to explore all options before the deadline, and you better believe that Camby is going to be one. The Blazers will make a move, just don't be shocked if Camby's name is the one you hear by the deadline.

Who Is Portland Most Likely to Deal?

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    According to John Canzano of The Oregonian, it looks like Joel Pryzbilla is the odd man out in Portland.

    With Marcus Camby threatening to retire if he's traded, it automatically makes Pryzbilla the favorite to be included in any deal. He has an expiring contract and he's a decent-to-good big man who could help a team out down the stretch.

    Canzano continues that Portland is trying hard to make something happen before the deadline, and that's something that we have heard recently about the Blazers. With Brandon Roy's status up in the air after more knee problems, the Blazers need to re-tool the team. LaMarcus Aldridge has to become the centerpiece to everything Portland does.

    Aldridge has come on strong this year and as the focal point, Portland can start making moves for assets that can work well with the star big man and give the Blazers a competitive balance while also building for the future.

    It won't be easy, but if Portland doesn't try to make too much happen at once and accepts that this group isn't going to compete for a championship any time soon, the Blazers will be able to get back to a point where they can be a legitimate threat in the Western Conference.

What Are Toronto's Plans at the Deadline?

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    The Toronto Raptors needs work.

    We all know that. Toronto has some very talented players, but the Raptors are still reeling from the loss of Chris Bosh and some changes have to be made.

    However, it's not easy to make a move this year, with the labor situation hanging over the heads of every team and a new collective bargaining agreement that could change the face of the NBA as we know it. The Raptors are looking, but according to Frank Zicarerlli of The Toronto Sun, Toronto is going to have quiet trade deadline.

    It's not shocking since the Raptors have talent, assets and cap space. There is no move that would really change the fortunes of the franchise, but there could be a few smaller deals that could be done.

    The Raptors are in a much better position than Cleveland is, mainly because the Cavaliers did everything possible to put a championship team around LeBron James, while Toronto ended up being an average team for most of Bosh's tenure there.

    It will be interesting to see what Toronto does going forward, especially in the offseason. It could make or break the future of the team. However, there are plenty of reasons to have hope, even if Andrea Bargnani is nothing more than a pure scorer from the center position.

Could New Jersey and Denver Make a Deal Without 'Melo?

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    If Carmelo Anthony goes to the New York Knicks, some of the players used to get him might not have to travel far to get to their next team. According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, if Denver makes the deal with New York, the Nuggets may turn around and deal some of those players right to the New Jersey Nets, the other team in the Anthony sweepstakes.

    New Jersey would be in the discussion to acquire Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton or Wilson Chandler plus Timofey Mozgov for two first-round draft picks. If I'm the Nets, I'm not sure any of those players are worth first-round picks.

    If the Nets do this, then they have to be thinking that the upcoming draft and beyond has nothing of value for the team and that they'd rather start building players around the group that they have in place right now. It's a very bizarre turn of events, even though it seems the Nets are not yet out of the running for Anthony.

    Hopefully this saga comes to an end soon, because it's time to get the trade deadline action going in full force and nothing can really happen until Anthony gets moved. General managers around the league are waiting for this domino to fall so they can work the market.

    Not only that, but Denver would reportedly like to make other moves, possibly with players like Nene and J.R. Smith who could bring back some valuable pieces to the Nuggets. It should be an interesting couple of days, that's for sure.

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