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Carmelo trade could give the West another All-Star spot

Jan 28, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony trade rumors may have temporarily ceded their control of basketball fans the world over, but the possibility of an Anthony trade still looms. It’s not imminent. The relative seriousness of trade talks isn’t worthy of an hourly update. But the foundation of what would cause Anthony to be moved in the first place is still there, and it’s possible — if not probable — that Melo finds a new home before the trade deadline.

If such a trade happens sooner rather than later, it could have a pretty strange effect on the All-Star festivities. Anthony was voted as a starter for the Western Conference All-Stars, but most of the teams linked to him (the Knicks, Nets, etc.) in trade scenarios are Eastern Conference teams. If one of the rumored deals happens to go down prior to All-Star Weekend, then there’s a slight situation which would need to be resolved. Here’s Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse with the details:

If the forward were to be traded before the Feb. 20 All-Star Game in Los Angeles from the Denver Nuggets of the Western Conference to a team in the Eastern Conference, he instead would be placed on the East roster for the game. If all five East starters are healthy and ready to go, it would mean Anthony coming off the bench.

It also could mean the East having 13 players on its roster if Anthony were to be traded to the East after the reserves are announced next Thursday and all players are healthy and ready to play. The West roster could be down to 11 players but could be restored to 12 with a replacement named for Anthony.

Not too big of a deal, but a Melo trade would conveniently open up another All-Star spot in the West, where there are oodles of qualified candidates. Between the usual suspects, new candidates like Blake Griffin and Kevin Love, and unexpected additions like LaMarcus Aldridge, NBA coaches will have their hands full in deciding the players most deserving of an All-Star berth. Trading Anthony doesn’t relieve any of the pressure on those coaches in marking their ballots for the reserves, but it would help David Stern (who selects All-Star replacements) send one more productive player to Los Angeles.

  1. foxmtbr - Jan 28, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Blah blah blah… when is anything actually going to happen? I thought this was probasketballtalk, not promelotalk. Then again, every basketball website has a Carmelo story out every two seconds, so I think I’m just going to hide in a hole for a while because I’m sick of this

  2. zblott - Jan 29, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Speaking of the All-Star Game, here’s how to fix voting for the game without taking away the fans’ voice:

    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2011/1/28/how-to-fix-all-star-game-voting.html

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