Denver Nuggets SF Carmelo Anthony has 3 teams he’s willing to be traded to before season’s end:
To acquire Melo, however, teams are going to have dig deep in their pockets, and rosters, to come up with a suitable trade for the Denver Nuggets to accept. Let’s break down the 3 teams, and what they could offer that Denver might accept.
New York Knicks are his first choice for obvious reasons. It’s his home team, and it’s the largest market in the USA. Not to mention, there’s a dominating PF who goes by the nickname of STAT. Knicks have a couple of players I could see going to the Nuggets, including, but not limited to, Kelenna Azuibuke, Anthony Randolph, Wilson Chandler, and Eddy Curry’s contract.
New Jersey Nets are a little less appealing, but still closer to his home. Devin Harris and rookie forward Derrick Favors could possibly by used as trade bait, as well as perhaps Brook Lopez, but giving those players up would deplete the talent on a Nets team who is already lacking in that department, a situation Melo himself could not fix.
Houston Rockets are another option Melo has expressed interest in being traded to with a contract extension, and in my opinion, it could be the best deal for him and the Nuggets. The Rockets are about 13 players deep in tradeable talent. Failure to lure in Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire in the offseason has had fans frantically searching for a star to come into Houston and help bring them to prominence, and GM Daryl Morey has been hard at work bringing in players who could be used as trade bait. The recent acquisition of Courtney Lee seems to be one of those moves. Players I could see being up for grabs include: Courtney Lee, Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries contract, Shane Battier, Kyle Lowry, Kevin Martin, Patrick Patterson, and a few others. As you can see, the Rockets seem to have more value to trade away than the Knicks and Nets. Money will really be the only obstacle for Morey and owner Les Alexander to figure out, but if Nuggets accept, I’m sure they can find a way.