The Carmelo Anthony trade rumor mill just went into overdrive. It appears a trade for Anthony is very close, with four teams involved in what could become a massive NBA deal. This trade would have Anthony going from the Denver Nuggets to the New Jersey Nets, with the Utah Jazz and Charlotte Bobcats as the other two teams involved. ESPN is reporting that these are very serious discussions, and that we could be looking at Anthony leaving Denver very soon if the teams can all come to terms with the deal that they have on the table.
New Jersey had emerged as one of the front runners to possibly get Anthony, but when new coach Avery Johnson said that 2010 first round draft pick Derrick Favors wasn’t going to be made available, it was thought that the Nets couldn’t get the deal done. Suddenly, though, the Nets have apparently changed their minds, or maybe the brass has decided to go over the head of Johnson in order to get this deal completed. Favors would definitely be a great piece for Denver to get back in exchange for Anthony, but that isn’t even the only piece to this massive trade negotiation that Denver would get out of the deal.
In addition to Favors, the Nuggets would get Andrei Kirilenko from the Utah Jazz, as well as multiple first-round draft picks. Those picks are what the Nuggets wanted all along, and getting the expiring contract of Kirilenko gives them yet another asset on the roster. The rest of the deal would have point guard Devin Harris going from New Jersey to Charlotte, and forward Boris Diaw going from Charlotte to Utah. This is a deal that seems to have New Jersey giving up an awful lot to get Anthony, so they better hope that he will re-sign with them for more seasons than just 2010-11, or they could quickly end up with buyer’s remorse in this deal.
On another front, it seems like Charlotte is getting a steal in Devin Harris, and that there has to be something more than we are missing from this deal. For Utah, they get out of a hefty contract this season and get back the asset of a younger Diaw on the roster.
If Denver is able to pull of this deal, they might almost be forgiven by their fan base, because Favors is a future All-Star at the power forward position, and while nobody is saying he is as good as Anthony yet, he could definitely become one of the best players in the NBA. This trade is by no means official yet, but it looks like something that could play out if all the teams involved think that they are going to come out ahead in the end.