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Anthony would like to be traded to the Bulls or the Knicks

Sep 9, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

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Here’s the report, via Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports:
Carmelo Anthony(notes) 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 Knicks have limited assets to offer the Nuggets, which makes the Bulls a more appealing potential trade partner. The Bulls can offer a replacement small forward in Luol Deng, as well as two young forwards in James Johnson and Taj Gibson. New York officials would like to make a run at signing Anthony next summer if he were to opt to become a free agent. The Knicks will have salary-cap room with Eddy Curry’s contract expiring after the season.

For a Bulls trade to work, the Nuggets would have to take back Luol Deng, who plays Anthony’s position, isn’t nearly the player Anthony is, isn’t particularly strong in any of the areas Anthony is weak in, and is owed $14,275,000 in the 2013/14 season. Maybe the Nuggets are huge believers in Deng and see him as a potential long-term core player, but I don’t see an Anthony-to-Chicago trade happening.

The Knicks could offer a package that would likely revolve around Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and Danilo Gallinari — that package could potentially work, even though 2011 cap space isn’t what 2010 cap space was thanks to a weaker free-agent class and a looming CBA struggle. 
  1. ctw724 - Sep 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Deng, Gibson, Johnson and picks is a nice deal for Denver and probably the best deal the Nuggets can get for Carmelo Anthony. That’s 25ppg and 15rpg on the court and great character guys off the court. In reality, Deng is a top 10 SF in the NBA and although he makes a lot of money over the next 4 seasons, this trade would save Denver $3-$5 million per season in salary considering the $20 million a year Melo is do to make off of an extention. Plus, everyone harps on the $14 million Deng is do during the last year of his contract, but keep in mind that money due is during the last year of his contract, so they could easily trade Denver could trade his expiring contract that year, if they so choose. That proposed trade between Denver and Chicago would be a WIN-WIN for everyone involved.

  2. PolegoJim - Sep 9, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    SSSSSuperstar…not. This is totally in the best interests of the Nuggets.
    Bring on a team player to shows up every night without the 18 yr old disposition.

  3. McShaqy - Sep 9, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    This trade would be a steal for Chicago and lift them into instant contending status. Why would Denver want the injury prone Deng though? Unless Gibson and Johnson have a big potential upside – I don’t know much about either player. He would fit in perfectly with
    D’Antonio’s fast pace style. Either way, Carmelo wins. I have
    always thought of him as a ball hog but with either one of these teams he will really elevate his status.

  4. McShaqy - Sep 9, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    This trade would be a steal for Chicago and lift them into instant contending status. Why would Denver want the injury prone Deng though? Unless Gibson and Johnson have a big potential upside – I don’t know much about either player. He would fit in perfectly with
    D’Antonio’s fast pace style. Either way, Carmelo wins. I have
    always thought of him as a ball hog but with either one of these teams he will really elevate his status.

  5. McShaqy - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    This trade would be a steal for Chicago and lift them into instant contending status. Why would Denver want the injury prone Deng though? Unless Gibson and Johnson have a big potential upside – I don’t know much about either player. He would fit in perfectly with
    D’Antonio’s fast pace style. Either way, Carmelo wins. I have
    always thought of him as a ball hog but with either one of these teams he will really elevate his status.

  6. McShaq - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    This trade would be a steal for Chicago and lift them into instant contending status. Why would Denver want the injury prone Deng though? Unless Gibson and Johnson have a big potential upside – I don’t know much about either player. He would fit in perfectly with
    D’Antonio’s fast pace style. Either way, Carmelo wins. I have
    always thought of him as a ball hog but with either one of these teams he will really elevate his status.

  7. Ross - Sep 9, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Finally a deal that could work out for both parties. Melo would play for a team he wants to play for and is ready to win now, and Denver replaces his position and gets 2 potential players for the their future plus a potential expiring contract in a few years.
    It makes too much sense…so it will never happen!

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