NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Best Consolation Prizes In The Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes
There's a ton of players right now other than Carmelo Anthony that could be on the move before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.
Some of these guys are superstars, some are role players. Regardless, it's the basis for some exhilarating hypothetical situations that are must-read.
Here's a list of the best "consolation prizes" in the game of professional basketball that could be on the move not named Carmelo Anthony.
10. Jared Jeffries
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Jeffries is obviously not a fit in Houston. The guy can't find enough minutes to get into a groove on the Rockets. If I had a nickel for every Rocket that said that, I'd have 60 cents.
Regardless, Jeffries is averaging 1.5 and 1.9 points a game. I'm averaging that every time I want a snack in between meals...
Come on guys, Jeffries is 6'11" and although he's never been a premiere scorer, he can certainly be of assistance to a team that needs a big man.
He's an eight-year veteran, and I believe has some spunk in him if he's rejuvenated by another franchise that picks him up.
9. Troy Murphy
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Murphy's had some excellent years in this league but 2010-2011 is not one of them. Troy's started just four games and played in only 18.
The nine-year former Notre Dame standout is struggling, but that's not to say he won't bounce back. There's tremendous upside for a team that's needs a big man who can spread the ball around and knock down jump shots.
If Troy maintains his health, he could be an unwrapped present for a potential playoff team, a la the Hornets, or even the Blazers.
8. Anthony Randolph
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Anthony Randolph has some big-time potential. Unfortunately, it's not in New York alongside Amare Stoudemire.
Randolph's numbers went from 11.6 PPG to an upsetting 2.1 this season. Maybe he was a better fit in the Bay where he began his career just two years ago.
At 6'11", Anthony can work the inside and knock down medium range jump shots. This is a guy that would benefit a lot of teams if he's used the right way.
7. Chris Kaman
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Christopher Kaman. The 28-year old seven-foot center may be on the move this week. Kaman hurt himself earlier in the year and since then has been a distant third to both DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin.
If the Clip show are going younger, Kaman and his Dr. Evil-like haircut are out of luck.
However, in just 11 games this season, Chris has averaged 9.9 PPG, and 7 RPG. He's got a lot of game, and knows how to contribute. If the Clippers put him on the trade block, I wouldn't be surprised to see a ton of attention from other teams.
Kaman can bald. I mean ball*.
6. Nene Hilario
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Nene is a guy that can win a championship for a team. He's the type of player every coach wants. He scores, he plays defense, he rebounds, and is a positive energy within the locker room.
This season, Nene has posted a career high in PPG at 15 points a game. You put that next to a 7 RPG kind of number, and you have a productive big man.
Since nothing is ruling out players on the Nuggets from being on the move, why not include Nene in that discussion? If he were to leave, he'd be missed.
5. Tayshaun Prince
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Prince is one of those guys that you would love to have on your roster. He can score, he can pass, he can rebound, and his basketball intelligence is aging like fine wine.
Everyone thinks this guy is over the hill because he's been on one team for so long. Yesterday's pre-teen is now a 20-year old, that's how long Tayshaun has been in Detroit. He's a steal if the Pistons let him go.
You add Prince to the Spurs or Mavericks, and you add one solid piece to a championship puzzle.
4. Danilo Gallinari
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Gallinari is having a monstrous year in the Big Apple. He's scoring a career-high 15.9 points a game, and the 6'10" Italian is improving his stock by the game.
What was an interesting investment a couple years ago for the Knicks could turn out to be a remarkable one. Gallinari, as it stands, could end up in either New Jersey or Denver pending the Carmelo trade. Either team would be glad to have this European sharpshooter.
3. Ron Artest
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Who knows with Ron Artest? His numbers are down, but so is his self-esteem. For some reason, he's lost some confidence and it's upsetting to see.
Artest, who's coming off a monumental season last year, is averaging career lows in points and rebounds thus far this season. The Lakers are concerned, and may not ride this one out 'till the end.
There's a ton of teams Artest could benefit.
Off the top of my head, the Knicks, the Bobcats, the Hawks and the Magic. I hope Ron Ron doesn't leave, but if he does, expect a new kind of swagger from the current No. 15.
2. Andrew Bynum
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If there's one consolation prize that seems worthwhile, it's the seven-foot two-time NBA champion Andrew Bynum. If the Lakers are for real, and I mean about trading Andrew Bynum, who wouldn't want to start mixing and matching with Jerry Buss?
Bynum is averaging 11.4 and 7.4 a game. How many teams could use 11 and 7 in just an average of 25 minutes on the court? A ton.
If you have what the Lakers need, which is youth and a guy who can pass, and you need an Andrew Bynum, I'll show you the door to the Lakers' front office.
Let's make a deal!
1. Deron Williams
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Williams is on a tear this year averaging 21.3 PPG, and 9.7 APG. Let's face it: who wouldn't want to land D-Wlliams? The guy is in his fifth year in the league, and he's willed this Jazz team to the playoffs several years in a row in MVP fashion.
He's not only a premiere point guard in the NBA, but a premiere player. You pair him with an Amare or a Nowitzki and you have a match made in heaven.
Mark my words, Deron will win an NBA championship before he hangs it up. If the Jazz let him go, they are stupid.