Carmelo Anthony Lakers Trade Rumors: 10 Reasons This NBA Deal Makes Sense

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 9, 2011

Carmelo Anthony Lakers Trade Rumors: 10 Reasons This NBA Deal Makes Sense

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    PHOENIX - APRIL 13:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets reacts on the bench during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 123-101.  NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    There is no doubt that the Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers trade rumor is causing quite a stir within the NBA ranks.

    Reportedly the trade would send Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers and center, Andrew Bynum, to the Nuggets.

    Many people wonder how this trade would make sense though.

    Why would the Denver Nuggets get rid of their franchise player?

    Why would the Los Angeles Lakers trade away their young and talented center?

    Here's a list of 10 reasons why this blockbuster NBA trade would make sense:

10. Dead Weight

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    BOSTON - JUNE 13:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on from the bench in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 13, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    There is no denying the skills that Andrew Bynum possesses as a basketball player.

    That being said there is also no denying the fact that he is as injury prone as they come, and his big frame and body might have become more of a detriment to the Lakers than a positive.

    Bynum has missed 40% of the Lakers regular season games in the past four years. For those of you that are bad with math that is almost half of L.A.’s games, and that has to be very concerning when looking at a young player.

    If L.A is able to get rid of such proverbial dead weight and receive a player the stature of Carmelo, they would be stupid not to capitalize on it.

9. Time to Let Go

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    DENVER - APRIL 28:  A Denver Nuggets fan reacts during action against the Utah Jazz in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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    As much as fans in Denver might love Carmelo Anthony it might be time for them to realize that he could be hindering their team more than he is helping them right now.

    Having a disgruntled superstar calling for trades is never a good thing for team chemistry, and even though his teammates might be saying all the right things I can almost guarantee you that all the drama is impacting their game somehow.

    The uncertainty of Anthony’s future mixed with his apparent want to get out of Denver is too much of a distraction for a team looking to find success, so it would be incredibly beneficial for the Nuggets to cut ties and start looking to the future.

8. Coast War

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    Even though the days of Biggie and Tupac are long gone there is still quite a rivalry between the East and West coast, and basketball might be the sport that brings it out the most.

    The Lakers obviously have had their run ins with the Celtics, but let’s not forget the role that New York has played in this pageantry too.

    New York has obviously been trying to woo Carmelo, so if the Lakers and the city of Los Angeles can steal him away from the Big Apple it would bode very well for the glitz and glamor image of the city.

    The coast wars have thankfully sputtered down and moved away from violence, but don’t be fooled by the lack of outward aggression.

    There is still an East Coast/West Coast rivalry.

7. Clearing Space

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up Joel Anthony #50 of the Miami Heat during the NBA game at Staples Center on December 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Heat defeated the Lakers 96-80. (Photo by Victor
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    With Bynum out of the Lakers lineup the paint would really open up for Pau Gasol, and we could see what he can really do when given tons of room to work with.

    Gasol is one of the best big men in the game, and he can do much more than just score the ball in the post.

    He is an incredibly proficient passer, rebounder, and is very good at running the floor for being such a big man.

    With Bynum gone it would allow Gasol to really utilize all of his skills and the extra room in the paint area to make plays. Plus, adding Carmelo Anthony to the list of players he can pass it too will really boost his overall effectiveness.

6. Go Big Or Go Home

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    BOSTON - JUNE 13:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Boston Celtics in the second quarter during Game Five of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 13, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO
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    The importance of having a big body to do work for you down low is often times understated in today’s NBA.

    We’ve moved into a flashier and faster paced game and the fundamentals of basketball seemed to have taken a hit.

    Many people suggest that basketball is most effectively played from the inside out, so if the Nuggets are able to acquire a player the stature of Andrew Bynum than they would be most wise to do so.

    If they are able to keep Bynum healthy he could be holding down their center position for years to come, and he would make it extremely hard for opposing teams to be effective near the basket.

    That’s a recipe for success in my book.

5. Super Team

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 31:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena on January 31, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a
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    It seems like the “Big-Three” concept is really catching on in the NBA, and even though it might be slightly annoying to fans there can be no denying the effectiveness of the strategy.

    The Celtics started the trend when they brought in Kevin Garnet and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, and now we have seen the Heat develop their three headed monster of James, Bosh, and Wade.

    It’s going to get to a point where one of these super teams is going to be too powerful to beat with just one superstar, so the Lakers might be smart to start building their own version.

    Putting Carmelo Anthony together with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol could form a deadly triangle that would easily be able to match up against the power teams in the East.

    It’s getting to that point: You’re going to need a super team to beat one.

4. Who Da Man?

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21:  Carmelo Anthony #15 and Chauncey Billups #1 of the Denver Nuggets talk during a break in the action against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-9
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    Carmelo Anthony’s status as one of the best players in the NBA should not be disputed.

    But, his status as one of the best Playoff players in the NBA can be disputed, and we all know that at the end of the day you are going to be judged by how many rings you have on your fingers and nothing else.

    Anthony has only led the Denver Nuggets out of the first round of the Playoffs once during his tenure with the team.

    We’ve seen players realize that they can’t do it on their own recently, and maybe it’s time to add Carmelo to that list.

3. Fountain Of Youth

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first half against the Boston Celtics in Game One of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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    There is always a ton of negative talk surrounding Andrew Bynum and his proneness to injury, and of course there has been good reason.

    But, if the Denver Nuggets are able to see past the potential risks to the fact that Bynum is only 24 years old, than it really makes the trade offer look attractive.

    Having a 24 year old big man with the skill set that Bynum possesses is something that general managers and coaches all over the league dream about, and Denver has the opportunity to acquire him and start building for the future.

    If Bynum can stay healthy Denver will be able to build their team in the draft and through free agency, and he would be the literal center piece that they build around.

2. Bull Market

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets gets open and lookls for the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. NOTE TO USER: User ex
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    The Nuggets have to be smart here and realize that if they don’t trade and get something of high value back for Carmelo Anthony than they are going to be left with nothing at all.

    If Anthony is allowed to hit free agency than you better believe he is going to go wherever he pleases, and he will get a lot of money to do so.

    This trade looks to be the best value that Denver will receive back for Carmelo Anthony, and if they don’t pull the trigger soon they might not get such a good deal, or anything at all.

     

1. Tag Team

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 12:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers sits on the bench during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 12, 2011 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees tha
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    Kobe Bryant is the best basketball player in the world and I don’t think that there are many people who would dispute that fact.

    That being said, even Michael Jordan had to decline at one point. Even though it might not be happening yet, eventually Bryant is going to start his gradual decent into old age.

    Kobe’s not going to be getting any younger as the years go on, and the chase for rings is going to get harder for him.

    Putting a player like Carmelo Anthony by his side will really help him once he starts getting to that point where the players around him are going to have to make more plays than he does.

    Also, allowing Anthony to share some of the superstar duties could really take a load of pressure off of Bryant’s shoulders, and especially some miles off his legs.

    Every super hero needs a sidekick.

    Maybe Kobe Bryant needs his.

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