NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony and Other All-Stars Most Likely to Be Traded
With the NBA trade deadline just days away, Carmelo Anthony has been the hot topic of all recent NBA trade rumors.
Anthony participated in the All-Star game Sunday and was asked if he would be in a Denver Nuggets' uniform for their game against Memphis on Tuesday. Anthony said yes, he would be.
But what about the day after that?
It's looking like Carmelo's days in Denver are coming to a close, and he is expected to make an announcement Tuesday or Wednesday regarding a trade involving him.
Along with Anthony, could there be more All-Stars on the move at the deadline?
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Chance of Being Traded: 5%
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks
Field Goal Percentage: .592
Rebounds Per Game: 13.8
Assists Per Game: 1.2
Steals Per Game: 1.2
Blocks Per Game: 2.1
Points Per Game: 22.8
Howard Trade Scenarios
Any team that wants Dwight Howard would have to give up the world to get him.
The Los Angeles Lakers were thought of as the most realistic contenders to get Howard, but they would have to trade Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Devin Ebanks and probably draft picks before the Magic would even consider it.
The New York Knicks could be potential contenders if they don't end up getting Carmelo Anthony. New York could offer what it offered to Denver as a way to get Howard.
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
Chance of Being Traded: 10%
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Utah Jazz
Field Goal Percentage: .476
Rebounds Per Game: 3.9
Assists Per Game: 9.6
Steals Per Game: 2.5
Blocks Per Game: 0.1
Points Per Game: 16.2
Paul Trade Scenarios
Just like the potential offer for Howard, the Lakers are probably the best contenders to get Paul because of the movable pieces they have.
The Knicks would love to get Paul if they could, and there was talk of him leaving New Orleans for New York before the season started. If Carmelo Anthony decides to go someplace else, New York might fire a deal at the Hornets.
Although the Jazz have Deron Williams, he might be one of those players on the move, which would leave Utah without a point guard. I could see a potential swap between Paul and Williams, which would probably make both players happy.
Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
Chance of Being Traded: 20%
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Bobcats
Field Goal Percentage: .458
Rebounds Per Game: 3.9
Assists Per Game: 9.7
Steals Per Game: 1.2
Blocks Per Game: 0.2
Points Per Game: 21.3
Williams Trade Scenarios
There is a better chance Deron Williams leaves the Jazz through free agency than through a trade, but it's still not out of the question.
Once again, the Lakers have the pieces to get Williams. I think they would probably go after Chris Paul first, but Williams could be another point guard target.
Portland recently lost their best player in Brandon Roy for the rest of the season. They have been linked to having interest in the past and would have to give up 2 draft picks and another player to be in consideration for Williams.
Charlotte has a pretty solid point guard this year in D.J. Augustin, but Williams is still an improvement. The Bobcats have a lot of players who any team would be interested in.
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
Chance of Being Traded: 99%
Possible Destinations: New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets
Field Goal Percentage: .452
Rebounds Per Game: 7.6
Assists Per Game: 2.8
Steals Per Game: 0.9
Blocks Per Game: 0.6
Points Per Game: 25.2
Anthony Traded to The Nets Scenario
The New Jersey Nets, the worst team in the NBA last season, could desperately use a player like Carmelo Anthony.
The most realistic trade between Denver and New Jersey would look like this:
Nuggets Receive: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first round draft picks.
Nets Receive: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman.
The Nuggets are getting a lot in this trade, and this probably would be the deal that benefits them most, but they seem very hesitant to do business with New Jersey.
Anthony Traded to The Knicks Scenario
With an addition like Carmelo Anthony to New York, the Knicks would immediately be one of the best teams in the NBA.
The most realistic trade between the Knicks and Nuggets look like this:
Nuggets Receive: Danillo Galinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov.
Knicks Receive: Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups.
New York is where Anthony will most likely end up, which is exactly where he wants to be.
That 1% Chance
There is an absolutely huge chance that Carmelo Anthony gets traded; in my estimation, a 99% chance.
So what happens with the other 1%?
If Carmelo doesn't get traded, he will stay in Denver the rest of the year and most likely move on after that.
Anthony could still end up with the Nets or the Knicks in the next year or so, even if he doesn't get traded right now.
The problem is that the Nuggets won't get anything in return for Anthony's services, so it is probably in their best interest to just let him go.
While there is a very slim chance that he stays in Denver, there is still a chance.