New Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have brought the Minnesota Timberwolves into the discussion. These Carmelo Anthony trade rumors are exactly what Wolves fans do not want to hear, and it would be a terrible trade for Minnesota to make at this time. Sam Amico of NBA.com posted to Twitter that the Wolves are one of three teams in play for an Anthony trade, and they aren’t teams that Anthony would have picked out. Those three teams are the New Jersey Nets, the Sacramento Kings, and the Wolves. All three teams have been constant NBA lottery teams recently.
There are several things that come to mind with these trade rumors, the first of which being that Denver could be looking to trade Anthony to a non-contender in order to not suddenly have to play against him in the NBA Playoffs. Then there is the thought process that the Nuggets wouldn’t necessarily want Anthony to go to a good team if he is spurning the franchise by refusing to sign a contract extension. It has long been understood that Anthony has some destinations that he would prefer, including the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks, but that doesn’t guarantee he will end up there.
Anthony doesn’t have the right to veto any trade that the Denver Nuggets come up with, but there are certain teams out there that should be walking away from any trade discussions with the Nuggets. One of those teams is the Minnesota Timberwolves, which has some great young players on the roster. They definitely have the pieces that could make a trade for Anthony very possible, and Denver could certainly rebuild if they were able to steal away some of the recent NBA Draft picks that Minnesota was able to get. It’s not something that Minnesota should entertain, though.
Minnesota is a franchise trying to rebuild through the NBA Draft, and they are also trying to overcome moves made by the new owner. They are starting to form a nice nucleus of young players on the roster, and it is not time to blow up that roster for the chance at a superstar. Minnesota would have to give up a number of great young players to get Anthony, and then there is no guarantee that Anthony would re-sign with them. It seems like a lot of risk in order to just have Anthony walk away at the end of the 2010-11 season, and leave the Wolves in even worse condition than they are now. Sure, it would be exciting for Wolves fans to get Anthony right now, but that would just make the 2011-12 season even more unbearable.