NBA Trade Rumors: Are the Nets Cooling Off on Carmelo Anthony?

Allen KimSenior Analyst IDecember 31, 2010

NBA Trade Rumors: Are the Nets Cooling Off On Carmelo Anthony?

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 11:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during a break in the action against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on November 11, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Lakers 118-112.  NOTE TO USER: Use
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    NBA trade rumors continue to center around Carmelo Anthony and several others will directly be effected by the outcome of any trade involving the Nuggets forward.

    While Anthony is the ultimate prize for many teams, the Denver Nuggets may be overplaying their hand and getting themselves into an unfavorable situation.

    However, expect trade talks to heat up in the dead of winter with the trade deadline only weeks away.

    Read on to find out about the latest trade rumors making their rounds around the NBA.

10. Anthony Randolph

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    When Anthony Randolph was traded to the New York Knicks, many—myself included—envisioned him taking on a key role with the team.

    However, Mike D'Antoni apparently is not impressed.

    Randolph has been riding the pine all season long, only seeing action on the hardwood when the game is out of hand.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are purportedly after Randolph and a trade between the two teams could very easily be in the works. It makes sense on many levels considering that the Timberwolves are guaranteed to have a lottery pick to give up for his services and they have an abundance of point guards to trade.

9. Luke Ridnour

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    Apparently all that talk of Sebastian Telfair coming to the New York Knicks has died down.

    Luke Ridnour is allegedly at the top of the Knicks backup point guard list and with the Timberwolves interest in Anthony Randolph, a trade scenario involving a swap between the two teams is starting to look more plausible.

8. Stephen Jackson

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    The Charlotte Bobcats were very close to blowing up their roster and starting from scratch.

    Stephen Jackson has been rumored in a number of deals, but things could change with Paul Silas coaching the team. Not to mention, Jackson makes $8.45 million this season and $19.3 million over the next two years, making him a very undesirable contract to own.

    The Chicago Bulls have been in the market for a shooting guard and Jackson would actually make for a good fit on the team. He can shoot, defend and facilitate as a playmaker when called upon.

    Chances are that Jackson remains a Bobcat with his large contract, but that could easily change before the February trade deadline.

7. Johnny Flynn

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    Johnny Flynn's name has come up in trade rumors recently with the news that Ricky Rubio is considering coming overseas to the NBA.

    After a long rehabilitation process, Flynn is healthy and ready to contribute.

    There are a number of teams interested in acquiring Flynn to be a starter or backup. The Knicks, Kings, Clippers, Blazers, Raptors, Bobcats and Cavaliers are supposedly in the mix.

    The chances of Flynn being moved this season are slim to none, but if and when Rubio comes over from Spain, Flynn could very well find himself on the way out.

6. O.J. Mayo

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    There are a number of mixed reports coming out of Memphis. Some continue to push the notion that O.J. Mayo is unhappy with his role as sixth man, but Mayo himself debunked that when he claimed that "it's no big deal".

    Of course, he could just be saying that to exude a professional and mature demeanor, but he seems genuine enough.

    The Bulls have been thrown out as a potential trade suitor, but it appears that they lack the necessary pieces to facilitate a trade with Memphis.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves, however, appear to be unfazed by any reports that the Grizzlies are not shopping him as they've been rumored to be going after him hard.

5. Andray Blatche

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    The Washington Wizards Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee were suspended for a game after the two got into an altercation outside a nightclub.

    Now, there are reports that Washington is shopping both of their big men to gauge interest and see what they can get in return.

    Blatche is on the books for four years and just under $30 million while McGee is still on his rookie contract.

    Of the two, reports have come out saying that McGee is "not yet" available. Which means Blatche could very well find himself on his way out if a team offers up an enticing enough package.

4. Yao Ming

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    Yao Ming's career may be coming to a close and he's being shopped by the Houston Rockets.

    Houston is asking for a prospect, picks and expiring contract(s) for Ming, but they aren't likely to get what they're asking for.

    Ming is due $17.7 million—with $8 million of that being covered insured—and he's nothing more than cap relief at this point. There are few, if any believers that Ming can return and continue his career in the NBA.

    The Rockets have attempted to deal with the Sacramento Kings for DeMarcus Cousins and Samuel Dalembert, but they were flatly denied.

    There's a chance that Ming's expiring contract will play a role in a multi-team trade involving Carmelo Anthony. Albeit a deal that would not bring Anthony to Houston.

3. Marcus Camby

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    Marcus Camby has been tied to numerous trade rumors with the Portland Trail Blazers season looking bleaker by the day.

    However, Camby allegedly has no interested in playing for anyone short of a contender. According to rumors, he would consider retiring outright if he was dealt to a rebuilding team.

    New York is purportedly on his list of destinations, which would fit perfectly into the Knicks search for a full-time center.

    Houston and Orlando have also been rumored as destinations for the ageless wonder.

    But more than anywhere else, Camby seems content in Portland and he would prefer to play out his contract there.

2. Andre Iguodala

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    Andre Iguodala is sitting in trade limbo for the time being.

    There are a number of teams purportedly interested in acquiring his services, but he may have to wait for the Carmelo Anthony saga to play out first.

    Iguodala is plan A for some teams and plan B for others.

    To make things worse, Iguodala is having a bad season and with his Achilles bothering him, teams may be even more cautious when dealing with Philadelphia. Iguodala gets paid like a No. 1 option, but in reality, he's more of a sidekick and not a franchise cornerstone.

    New York, Houston, Dallas and Cleveland are largely believed to be front-runners for his services.

    However, Philly may have changed their stance regarding Iguodala. With the 76ers stringing together wins, they may decide to keep him instead of dumping him for a prospect and cap relief.

1. Carmelo Anthony

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    The Denver Nuggets apparently are getting a bit too greedy and perhaps they overestimate how much leverage they actually have when it comes to Carmelo Anthony.

    Denver is supposedly holding a firm stance that the Nets will have to part with five first-round draft picks in order to push the deal through.

    To make things worse, the Nuggets are trying to dump Al Harrington and his five year, $33 million contract in any trade, which further complicates any deal as it would likely require multiple teams to make it work.

    Sources with inside knowledge claim that the Nets have grown "sick of the whole charade" and have "backed away".

    I doubt the Nets have pulled away their offer and that this is likely to just be posturing from them in order to force Denver into action. However, if the Nuggets asking price really is five first-round picks, they'll be in for a rude awakening in the weeks to come.

    Denver is clearly not aware of the fact that the closer they get to the trade deadline, the less weight they have when it comes to trade negotiations. Anthony seems to be willing to wait out the season and enter free agency so he can sign wherever he sees fit.

    This would put the New York Knicks in the driver's seat if the rumors of the Big Apple being his preferred destination are true.

    If trade talks reach February, the Dallas Mavericks—despite largely being waived off by the Nuggets front office according to rumblings from around the league—may eventually become bigger players in trade talks. They're one of the few teams willing to take a gamble on a one-year rental of Anthony.