Carmelo traded to …
Lots of NBA rumors about Carmelo Anthony … Staying with Denver, goint to New York ? Seems that anything is possible and he might end up going to a surprise team. Off the record, Chris Paul announced at Melo’s wedding that the two of them should move to New York to team up with Amar’e Stoudemire on the Knicks.
Then there was word that Anthony, in addition to the Knicks, would like to go to the Rockets or Nets.
A few days ago, Yahoo! Sports’ Mark J. Spears reported that Anthony, “still hopes to persuade the Denver Nuggets to trade him, preferably to either the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks, an NBA source with knowledge of Anthony’s wishes told Yahoo! Sports.”The Bulls had allegedly offered veteran small forward Luol Deng, and two second-year forwards—Taj Gibson and James Johnson—in exchange for Anthony was reported by important NBA news sources. That proposed deal would be somewhat enticing to Denver, as they would get an immediate “replacement” for Anthony (although Deng isn’t close to the player Melo is) and the Nuggets would add young players that could be the future at the three and four positions respectively.
The Nuggets were reportedly uneasy with building a trade around Deng and his contract that has four years and $50 million remaining. Joakim Noah, the Bulls young and quickly improving center, is more alluring as the center of a deal for Anthony. This move might be one of the most important NBA trades of the summer.
Noah greatly improved in 2009-10, upping his points per game by four (6.7-10.7) and progressing his rebounding skills by more than three boards per game (7.6-11.0). In playing just over 30 minutes per game, Noah averaged a double-double for the Bulls last season, production at the center position that’s not seen on a regular basis in today’s NBA. Noah’s got lots of energy, he is deceptively quick due to his slight body size (6’11” 232 pounds) and he only needs a mere eight shots per game to make a strong impact. He makes the best of his situation nightly, whereas the Nuggets current center Nene gets lost on nights he doesn’t get enough opportunities to score early. Plus, with starting power forward Kenyon Martin on the mend from knee surgery and likely to miss games early, Denver could move Nene back to his natural position, power forward.
Thant’s an interesting scenario that can be reality in a matter of days.