Monday, January 10, 2011

Carmelo Anthony could head to New Jersey in a team changing deal...

Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups/Courtesy:
Yeah, it sounds like it's getting close to happening. Today's NBA,  a league where you can be a great player in a small market, complain, and then end up in a big city. The new poster child for this appears as though it will be Carmelo Anthony.

The Bergen Record, and now several other outlets are reporting that Denver, New Jersey and the Detroit Pistons are about to pull off a trade that could involve up to 14 or 15 players and a couple of draft picks.

Yeah, you heard correctly. 14 or 15 players. According to the Record, the Nets would be giving up 6 players and 2 draft picks to get Anthony, who while a very good player, won't be able to play by himself.

Read more from Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record RIGHT HERE

Here's the best breakdown we can ascertain from this: The Nuggets, get a couple of good, young players...Devin Harris and Derrick Favors and with this can basically start rebuilding. The Nets, would get Chauncey Billups...if he agrees, along with Anthony. They would team with Brook Lopez and Richard Hamilton who would come from Detroit. The Nets become an instant playoff team.

Of course, this hinges on two things: Anthony being willing to sign an expensive contract extension and Billups being willing to come with him.

As for Detroit. They get two expiring contracts to clear space for the pending sale of the team. Getting rid of Hamilton cleans out a whole lot more. They pretty much are resigning themselves to the draft lottery.

There is also speculation that getting Anthony in New Jersey, which will soon be playing in Brooklyn, NY, would help the Nets draw good buddy Chris Paul from New Orleans sometime in the next two seasons and create another "Alleged" SuperTeam for new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

We will continue monitoring this and have the full details if or when it happens.

Here's video of Anthony, playing "Pop-A-Shot" on the Jimmy Kimmel show:

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