NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony, O.J. Mayo and 10 Big Names On The Trade Block

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IDecember 30, 2010

NBA Trade Rumors: Carmelo Anthony, O.J. Mayo and 10 Big Names On The Trade Block

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets watches on against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Everyone knows that Carmelo Anthony wants out of Denver.

    Everyone also knows that the only team Melo will sign an extension with is the New York Knicks.

    So, he'll likely be traded by the February NBA trade deadline.

    But, there are plenty of other big name players who are available.

    Andre Iguodala could be on his way out in Philadelphia and O.J. Mayo needs a change of scenery in Memphis.

    Here are 10 big-name players who will likely be traded by the February deadline.

10. Anthony Randolph, PF, New York Knicks

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    Randolph hasn't seen much playing time in New York.

    Rumors are swirling that he could be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal that would net a backup point guard for the Knicks.

    Randolph has potential to be a double-double guy, all he needs is a chance to play consistently.

9. Jonny Flynn, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Many people believe that Ricky Rubio will finally come to Minnesota next season.

    Those "many people" include the T-Wolves front office.

    If they truly believe Rubio will be here next season, there's no need to have three PGs on their roster.

    Out of Sebastian Telfair, Jonny Flynn and Luke Ridnour, Flynn might be the most enticing to any potential trade partner.

8. Al Harrington, PF, Denver Nuggets

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    Harrington is a lights-out three-point shooter.

    He can put-up points in bunches.

    But, most enticingly, he has a very affordable contract. It seems everyone is available in Denver these days, so don't be surprised if they move the versatile forward.

7. Troy Murphy, PF, New Jersey Nets

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    Murphy has seemingly played his way out of the rotation in New Jersey.

    However, there are still teams that might be interested in the versatile big man.

    One such team is the Orlando Magic, who have been linked to Murphy in various trade rumors.

    He could back-up Dwight Howard and also work into the rotation at power forward.

6. J.R. Smith, SG, Denver Nuggets

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    Smith has an expiring contract, so he could be a valuable addition to a playoff contender this season.

    The Bulls have reportedly asked about the Denver SG.

    Smith is one of the most athletic players in the league, so he would be a valuable addition at the guard position in Chicago.

5. Stephen Jackson, SG, Charlotte Bobcats

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    Captain Jack is another shooting guard who has been linked to the Chicago Bulls in trade rumors.

    But, there has also been speculation that he could end up with the Pacers. Wouldn't that be interesting?

    Jackson would fill the Pacers' need at shooting guard, but would they want to bring back a player who was involved in one of the ugliest moments in NBA history along with Ron Artest?

4. Yao Ming, C, Houston Rockets

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    According to ESPN, the Rockets are willing to move the 7'6" center in return for cap room and prospects.

    It's been mentioned that Yao's expiring contract could be involved in a three-way trade for Carmelo Anthony.

    Whatever team trades for Yao will probably do so purely for cap room, as he is out for the year with another foot injury.

3. O.J. Mayo, SG, Memphis Grizzlies

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    Mayo isn't being used very much in Memphis these days.

    Rookie Xavier Henry has taken over the starting role, relegating Mayo to the bench.

    There are still plenty of NBA teams that Mayo could start for though, including the Chicago Bulls.

2. Andre Iguodala, SF, Philadelphia 76ers

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    The 76ers currently hold the eighth-best record in the Eastern Conference.

    However, that record is 13-19.

    They need to decide if they think they can make the playoffs this year or if they should build for playoff runs in the future.

    If they decide the latter (the smart choice), they should trade Iguodala.

1. Carmelo Anthony, SF, Denver Nuggets

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    And, of course, Melo is available for a trade.

    We all know what he wants, and he's probably going to get it. It's just a matter of when, not if.

    Also, a lot of players mentioned in this list would probably be involved in whatever trade it takes to get Melo to New York.

    So for at least another month, be prepared to live with the constant speculation about trade packages in trades involving Melo.