Carmelo Anthony Headed To New Jersey Nets?
Earlier this summer, I wrote that Carmelo Anthony was not happy with his situation in Denver and had no intentions of staying with the team for the last year of his contract, thus forcing the Nuggets to trade him or risk having an unhappy superstar throwing up intentional bricks all season.
We all know Anthony wants to go to New York in an attempt to create Super Team #2 consisting of himself, Chris Paul, and Amare Stoudemire. I also said because the Knicks didn’t have a player of equal value to trade, the deal was unlikely to get done.
It is looking as if Carmelo will have to put his future in New York down and focus on Newark, instead. The Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Charlotte Bobcats, and New Jersey Nets have all but set in motion a four-team mega-trade which is sure to somewhat alter the balance of power in both conferences after what has already been a truly eventful off-season.
According to ESPN, this is how the trades will go:
The Nuggets would give up Carmelo Anthony in exchange for first-round draft pick Derrick Favors and Utah x-factor Andrei Kirilenko. They will also get a handful of future first-round picks in the draft.
The Nets would give up Devin Harris (making Jordan Farmar the starting point guard?) and Jarvis Hayes to Charlotte while Quinton Ross would head to the Jazz. The Nets would also give up a 2012 first-round pick. Utah would also pick up Boris Diaw in the deal.
Charlotte and New Jersey seem to be getting the best overall gains (although the Nets will suffer a severe loss by trading Devin Harris). Utah adds another hole to its roster after having already lost Carlos Boozer and Ronnie Brewer. On top of this, Carmelo doesn’t get to play in the Big Apple and will make out more like The Situation than Frank White.
These trades are ready to take effect, but the deal seems to hinge on Carmelo’s willingness to sign an extension to New Jersey. Anthony needs to be seriously convinced by Mikhail Prokhorov (and possibly Jay-Z?) that this is the right move. If you ask me, he should have finished his time in Denver so that he could go the free-agent route.
Leaving a situation in which he’s not happy just to join another situation which is not exactly what he wants seems to be a waste of time, talent, and money. Plus, isn’t Kat Stacks (you know, the popular jump-off ‘Melo was allegedly willing to pay to have smacked up) more likely to pop up in Jersey than Denver?