Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  37 responses

Do the Nets Have a ‘Legit’ Shot at Carmelo Anthony?

Both the NY Post and NY Daily News seem to believe New Jersey does, should Denver decide to pull the trigger on a trade of their franchise player (which, of course, they say they don’t want to do): “The Denver Nuggets yesterday officially named Masai Ujiri as their executive vice president of basketball operations. That phone ringing in the background could be Nets general manager Billy King calling. With All-Star Carmelo Anthony and his representatives having delivered a virtual ultimatum to the Nuggets about trading him, the Nets are viewed as one of the teams with the strongest chance of landing the 6-foot-8 forward. Why? ‘They have the pieces to trade and the draft picks,’ one NBA team executive said. ‘He’d play for them. Yes, I do think the Nets have a legit shot.’ Various team executives spoke on the condition of anonymity, as did several agents who did not want publicly to discuss a rival’s client. Most thrust the Nets into a very positive light and most feel Anthony is almost certainly gone from Denver. Most, not all. ‘Denver still has him under contract, and they can always wait,” one agent said. ‘They don’t have to trade him now.’”

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  • chrisneww

    not sure who the nets would trade for him. draft picks and devin harris?

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    ^Anyone Devner asks for.^

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    melo + filler to clippers for kaman and gordon

  • http://twitter.com/__paolo Paolo

    anyone but Brook Lopez… because that would be dumb

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Brook Lopez

  • sublicon

    T-Will, Harris and Draft Picks for Melo and Lawson, OHLEZDOIT! OHLEZDOIT!

  • Overtime

    If they include Lopez in this trade, they are dumb


    Nets fans have to like their chances for landing Carmelo Anthony in a trade…but what’s left behind after Denver guts the Nets roster for Carmelo? Hmmmm… Carmelo might be better served playing out this coming season, opt out next summer, and start the 2nd half of his career in a place of his own choosing via the free agency route (hopefully the Knicks, baby!) which will most definitely be more ready to contend for championships, than if said team had to give up a bunch of quality assets to get him via a franchise gutting trade. I feel strongly the NBA will find a way to avoid a lockout, because business is trending up for the NBA right now, and a lockout kills all the positive momentum. In my honest opinion, the Nuggets current big decision makers (Kroenke/Bearup /Ujiri) are likely banking on Carmelo fearing a lockout and new CBA to scare Melo into re-signing, because once he does, Denver can then “ship him out” to wherever they want for whatever they want, and without any regard for Carmelo Anthony’s legacy. Carmelo Anthony is a top 10 player, and he too has EARNED the right to get paid as such when/if he chooses to put his name on the free agent market next summer – just like his fellow 2003 draft classmates did this summer. This is all like a game of CHICKEN, but it will be the Nuggets who get dipped. BOOK IT!

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    As a Nets fan I’ll say that if it costs us Brook Lopez, it’s definitely a no-go. Also: it might be strange that I’m saying this, but we have a nice young core right now, guys with good character, maybe we should just keep on building on what we have. We don’t know yet how good Terrence Williams can be, how good Derrick Favors can be, how much Lopez can improve… so maybe we should just build on that…

  • Drew

    Brook Lopez is untouchable, everyone else is up for grabs.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    So Lopez is not worth Carmelo Anthony? Lopez can’t sell tickets the way Anthony would and bring notoriety. Also, Lopez is not gonna draw free agents to NJ but I’m pretty sure Anthony would. That trade would be a no brainer IMO.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    If Melo wants a legit shot at a ring, his best route is to play out his contract and select his next destination without that team having to disrupt it’s core. The Nets could be a great option for him in a year, you ADD Melo to Lopez, Favors, Williams etc. and with their draft picks, you could have a pretty solid team. If the Nets (or anyone) have to trade a solid core and/or picks, then they may sell more tickets, but not necessarily be in a much better position to win. Obviously if NY could figure out how to get Melo and CP3 – that would be a nice trio, but honestly, the Nets with what they have plus Melo and a couple picks would be a better (and deeper) team.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    if I’m Denver, Lopez has to be part of the team. that’s just common sense, isn’t it? if you trade away your best asset, wouldn’t you want to take back your trade partner’s best asset?
    commentators on this post made great points about Melo playing out the contract if he wants to go to a team with its core intact (to maximize his future team’s potential), so the main question is if he wants the security of the 3 year extension on the table, because as we all know, the current CBA will expire next summer. personal monetary gain vs overall team ability.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Drew. Lopez is untouchable. It’s not about ticket sales or anything of that nature–Lopez is just too good and too young for the Nets to give up on now. He’ll be the best center in the East in a few years, and it’s a heck of a lot easier finding a good 2-3 scorer (I’m not saying of Melo’s caliber, but in general) than it is finding a great and polished center.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @Teddy…Best center??? He’s not even better than Bogut and Noah and definitely not Dwight Howard. He produces for a horrible team. The NBA is a business so ticket sales & money matter just as much as winning. This team is moving to Brooklyn and need a player who will put them on the map and rival the Knicks in popularity. The Knicks have been one of the worst teams of the decade but they are probaly one of the top three most valuable teams.

  • tavoris

    @Kap-Lopez>Noah, Lopez=Bogut, Lopez<Howard.

  • tavoris

    Who said Melo sells tickets?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @Tavoris…Noah is a straight out winner and I think those intangibles put him above Lopez in my book. He’s definitely a better defender.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    You don’t think NJ attendance would increase with Anthony on the team as well as merchandise sales??? C’mon

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    the “He produces for a horrible team” always seems ridiculous to me. Do people realize that the Nets were the worst 3-point shooting team last season? That besides Lopez, the only decent scorer was Devin Harris? And Harris was injured a lot. So without shooters, opposing teams could just double Lopez and not worry about anything else. How can people still say that “he produces for a bad team”? He was a second year center scoring 19 ppg while being the only target of the opponent’s D. Sure, he might not be a Wade or a Melo when it comes to selling tickets, but if you have a good (potentially great) center in this League, you just don’t trade him. The Nets are trying to build a young team into a good team, they finally have some shooters, so with adding Melo while trading Lopez would just make us the Warriors of the East. So no, you don’t trade Lopez. It’s not rocket science folks.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Harris, Williams, Anthony would not be the Warriors of the east. Melo has gotten the Nuggets to the playoffs every year in the freaking West so I’m pretty sure he could do it in the East. I know its not rocket science, with Lopez they won like 12 games. You have the chance to bring in a legit superstar who has proven he can take his team to playoffs and makes your team money for a young oft injured center. You guys are acting like the guy is Tim Duncan.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Duncan? No. Perennial All-Star? Yes. Also: oft injured center? Lopez hasn’t missed a single game in his young career, what are you talking about? Again, I (and probably many Nets fan with me who actually have watched some games) believe that Lopez is the key to our success. He’s not the reason the team only won 12 games. Also: if Lopez is gone, our starting center would be Johan Petro. Sure, Melo would give us 30 a night, but that’s not enough. We just have to agree to disagree here, because I truly don’t believe that trading away Brook for Melo makes any sense for the Nets.

  • http://google J-RO

    Shouldn’t the nets worry that if they get him in a trade he might still walk out on them at the end of the season?

  • tavoris

    If you trade Lopez for Melo, then Melo is going to the same team he just left.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Nyets dont make sense as a trade for melo. Orl and ny are better, could survive losing a few good pieces.

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  • SpaceJam

    Melo should go to the bulls.

    Dever trade: Carlmelo Anthony

    Bulls trade: Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, and a draft pick.

    Bulls instantly become as good or better than Miami. Then they pick up another bigman. Dever doesn’t lose as much in production as they would w/another team because luol deng gives you 18ppg and 8rpg. Plus he gives them back a small forward.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    miG: thank you for that thoughtful post.

  • PapaBearATL

    LeBronGate all over again… If he’s gonna make money, now is the time. Everything is up in the air with the new CBA fast approaching. As the man heads into the prime/twilight of his career, financial windfall is as important as getting that ring. If he can put himself in a situation to do both, why not. If I was him, I wouldn’t want to go to a Lopezless Nets, why would I resign after the 10-11 season? But, if the money is good, you’re in Brooklyn close to wifey’s roots, who know’s?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Favors and Lopez no. everyone else sure. idk if denver would like devin since theyre loaded even with two-guards.. A third team maybe needed.. Right now Howard>Lopez but i’m picking Brook, more fundamentals, better upside imo because of a better offensive game.. but that’s just me..

  • xplore

    denver wants melo. but does melo want the nets. it might be a good fit for him in new jersey. nets need melo. that’s all i could say.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com Masr

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMtZfW2z9dw just skip to :34 secs, those will be my first words for nets management if this trade goes down and lopez goes to denver.

  • Groves

    Favours, Williams, Damion James and Picks for Melo. I’d still prefer him to stay or go to orlando

  • Josh

    Melo should go to Wizards. Trade Gil and picks. Then they have wall, melo, McGee. Thats a fairly decent and young team. Its up to Melo to lead them far into the playoffs.


    The Nets are too legit, too legit to quit. Hey hey! Too legit, too legit to quit. lol

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  • jufu

    beat me if i’m wrong, but i’m a hardcore nets fan, and i think if it can happen to the thunder it can happen to us…with or without carmelo.