Carmelo Anthony Options: New Jersey Nets, Sacramento Kings, and More

Ryan VirginCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2010

DENVER, CO - APRIL 17 : Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets celebrates after sinking a shot against the Utah Jazz during the second half of Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 17, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won the game 126-113 to take a 1-0 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 Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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Oh how things change in professional sports.

One minute, it seems that the New York Knicks were sure to form their own "big-three" in the big apple.

The next, well a third of that big three could be headed to Minnesota.

Or New Jersey.

Or even Sacramento.

But hey, that could all change in an instant.

It seems that the Denver Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony are ready to part ways and that is something that has been evident for just over two weeks.

So what if that actually happens? What if Carmelo ends up in Brooklyn, Minnesota, or Sacramento?

Will he Stay There Past His Contract?

It really depends.

I'm almost certain that Carmelo wouldn't want to spend more than two years in chilly Minnesota. But Sacramento and New Jersey are two completely different tales.

Sacramento has the big market feel, even though they play the role of younger brother to the other Californian Sports teams, most notably the Los Angeles Lakers.

New Jersey is a fairly big market and will become bigger when they complete their move to New Jersey. Still, it is an organization that plays second fiddle to other big sports organizations.

Both teams have a young nucleus built with proven players, but both have also had a difficult time winning.

I'm sure that if the Nets start winning after they get Carmelo or the Kings start winning with Carmelo, then Melo would have a much more difficult time changing teams at the end of his contract.

But it really all depends on success.

What Would Each Team Have To Give up To Get the All-Star?

Let's start with the Nets.

Right now, The Nets have a variety of role players that they could offer.

They also have a guy named Derrick Favors that would be very enticing for the Nuggets.

Although I don't believe the Nets would give up their future power forward for a guy that could bolt in two years.

Right now, the Nets could send Travis Outlaw, Terrence Williams, Troy Murphy, and a first round draft pick to Denver in exchange for Carmelo Anthony.

The salaries meet up fairly well and the prospects the Nuggets get in exchange for a disgruntled superstar.

The Nets wouldn't have to blow up their entire team to acquire a player that may not be on for the long haul either.

It could potentially be a win-win.

But if I were part of the Nets organization, the only player that I would put off limits would be Brook Lopez. Devin Harris is a health liability and can't shoot the three ball either.

You try to keep him, but if the Nuggets want him in return for Carmelo, well then you have to pull the trigger.

Everything in the NBA depends on the price of the risk, and this scenario is no exception.

The Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves look as if they have no leadership whatsoever, gathering talent just because it is available, hoping that eventually they get lucky with one big hit.

and you know what, Kahn may have just struck gold through a series of dumb luck.

If I am the Nuggets, I want Wesley Johnson, Corey Brewer, and Martell Webster.

I would also ask for a first round draft pick along with a future draft selection and a trade exception to even out the salaries.

The Timberwolves would likely have to clear out their small forward prospects and then add in their first round selections because the Nuggets are going to want replacements and then young talent to build off of in the future.

The only way I pull the trigger is if I am able to get Carmelo to sign an extension (in a different kind of sign and trade scenario) before I give up my teams future.

That is unlikely because I am sure Carmelo doesn't want to go to Minnesota.

But right now, the Nuggets hold all of the cards.

The Sacramento Kings

Tyreke Evans is off limits.

and DeMarcus Cousins is almost off limits.

After that, the Kings can afford to give up just about anyone.

If I'm the Nuggets, I want Omri Casspi, Jason Thompson, and Hassan Whiteside. But I have a feeling that the Kings aren't going to want to give up their entire front line.

Therefore, the Kings would still have to give Casspi (a fan favorite) and Hassan Whiteside in a deal, but I think that Jason Thompson would be retained.

My first deal off the table would include Carl Landry, Omri Casspi, Donte Greene, (insert role player), and a first round draft selection for Carmelo Anthony.

If the Nuggets want Hassan Whiteside, then you have to oblige. But until they demand him, you have to try hard to keep him on your roster.

Heck, since the Nuggets are trying to get rid of J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin, they are going to want serviceable replacements.

Carl Landry is the replacement for Martin.

Francisco Garcia could be a replacement for J.R. Smith.

Then Omri Casspi and Donte Green would have to replace Carmelo Anthony.

It isn't the perfect situation for the Denver Nuggets, and nor is it the perfect situation for the Sacramento Kings, but they both get what they want in the long run.

The Nuggets would get young talent and draft picks, while acquiring replacements for the players they lose.

Sacramento gets the player that will put them over the top, instantly making them a playoff team.

My proposed deal is a little rough around the edges and would need to include draft rights, cash considerations, and trade exceptions, but the skeleton is there.

The Nuggets and Kings could also opt for a sign and trade deal, making it even more difficult to figure.

Trade Rumors are difficult to decipher. Some are true, but most are false.

If the Nuggets are indeed trying to trade Carmelo Anthony to one of these three teams, then I believe their trades would have to look something like what I laid out.

But again, they are trade rumors.

and nothing is set in stone.

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