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Nuggets, Nets, Cavs near 3-way Carmelo trade?

Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:39 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 10:40 pm
 
The Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly were close to completing a three-team trade that included Nuggets All-Starcarmelo-anthonyforward Carmelo Anthony before Christmas. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have been running hot and heavy for four or five months now, and here's the latest: ESPN.com is reporting that the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers nearly completed a three-team trade that would have sent Anthony to the Nets prior to Christmas.
The Nets have a standing offer of rookie Derrick Favors, two first-round draft picks and Troy Murphy on the table, but last month, sources said the Nuggets weren't interested in Murphy because they would have inherited the remaining $8 million on his expiring contract. So the Nets brought in Cleveland and its $14.5 million trade exception. 
Denver would have received Favors, Devin Harris and three first-round picks. Cleveland would have received Murphy and one or two first-round picks, and the Nets would have received Anthony, Al Harrington and the Cavaliers' trade exception, the sources said. 

Beyond the sticking point of Anthony accepting or refusing to sign the long-term extension with New Jersey, the deal fell apart because both Denver and Cleveland wanted the 2012 first-round pick the Nets got from Golden State in the Marcus Williams trade. That pick is protected through the first seven slots. 
None of the names and assets listed are much of a surprise, as just about all of those players, picks and Cleveland's trade exception have been floated in one rumor or another involving these teams over the last few months. 

Let's look at this proposed deal from all three sides.
For Denver, including Harrington in this trade would be a real coup, as his 5-year, full mid-level deal doesn't make much sense for a team that's in rebuilding mode. Obviously, the more picks and the less protection on those picks, the better, but receiving Favors and Harris in addition to multiple picks would be a sizeable and more-than-worthwhile return for Anthony, especially given that he could walk for nothing this summer. 

For New Jersey, this is a huge, huge price to pay, and while Anthony would give the team the star power it so desires, New Jersey's roster would be decimated and its future flexibility would be in even worse shape. It's not often that a team gets the best player in a trade and winds up getting the shortest end of the stick, but if this trade went through as described, that's exactly what would be happening for the Nets.

As for the Cavaliers, a pick or two plus Murphy's expiring contract is better than nothing, which is what trade exceptions usually wind up becoming because teams often don't use them. Future assets are of prime importance for the Cavaliers, who are terrible and not particularly loaded with young talent. If they could find a way to dump one of their larger salaries in this move, or as part of an expanded version of this trade, that would be even better. As is, though, this move is absolutely worth making for Cleveland. The reward far outpaces the cost of paying Murphy for the duration of the season, and it's difficult to imagine a better return on their trade exception.
Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Nuggets, Nets, Cavs near 3-way Carmelo trade?

I agree. By everyones account he only wants to play for the Knicks. You here that everywhere but here.



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Nuggets, Nets, Cavs near 3-way Carmelo trade?

Ken,

What really pisses me off is that in all your articles you say Melo is either going to Nets or Bulls, and never give the Knicks a chance.  I don't know if you have some problem with New York or whatever, but you must be BLIND if you think he is going anywhere else besides New York.  He has repeatedly said the Knicks are his first choice, and will refuse to sign an extension with any other team, which will eventually force the Nuggets to trade him to the Knicks.  For saying that it's either the Nets or Bulls, you are an IDIOT Ken Berger...we'll see how smart you are when he is a Knick...



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Nuggets, Nets, Cavs near 3-way Carmelo trade?

So.. Billups will get traded.. NY or Miami???



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Nuggets, Nets, Cavs near 3-way Carmelo trade?

I agree. Nuggets win, Anthony loses.



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Nuggets, Nets, Cavs near 3-way Carmelo trade?

Devin Harris is the backbone of that team. They can't trad him.  They may be better with Carmelo instead, but still not playoff material.  Therefore, it befuddles me as to why 'Melo wants to go there.




Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:07 am
 

Nuggets, Nets, Cavs near 3-way Carmelo trade?

Terrible trade for the Nets. How long b4 Melo becomes disgruntled.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:24 am
 

Nuggets, Nets, Cavs near 3-way Carmelo trade?

If Melo ends up in NJ,  during the playoffs he can shoot some PSA's on killing snitches,  since he won't be playing.




Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:10 am
 

Lopez & Melo? Wow? Lol! Thats is funny! Gud luck!




Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:46 am
 

Nuggets, Nets, Cavs near 3-way Carmelo trade?

So the Nuggets get 3 1st round picks Devin Harris & Derrick Favors?  They lose Anthony (who will leave at season's end anyway) and they dump Harrington's contract.  Why would the Nuggets think twice about this trade?  They would be the absolute winners in this trade.

The Cavs are winners because they get a first round pick (and possibly 2?) for their trade exception.  Like Berger said, most teams don't use their exceptions anyway so why wouldn't they pull the trigger.

The problem here is for the Nets.  I'm guessing that all of those first round picks that are exchanging hands are from the Nets.  That's a pretty steep price to pay for Carmelo and Al Harrington.  If Devin Harris is left out of this deal then it wouldn't be so bad but giving up Favors, Harris and 4 1st round picks is highway robbery.



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:10 am
 

Nuggets, Nets, Cavs near 3-way Carmelo trade?

This would be great for Denver...Then they can trade Billups and rebuild.
NJ - would have Anthony and Lopez.. WOW
Cle - I have no idea, I guess getting picks is good.


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