Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Why Melo Makes No Sense with New Jersey Nets

January 17th, 2011 by Ben Teitelbaum Leave a reply »
The buzz surrounding the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors has swelled into a deafening roar, especially concerning the ongoing discussions between the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets, but last week's reports of an imminent deal have since been put on hold.

Determined to get equal value for their superstar small forward, Denver has finally found a package that they like. New Jersey's offer of promising young big man Derrick Favors, former All-Star point guard Devin Harris, 3-point specialist Anthony Morrow and at least two first-round draft picks is amenable to the Nuggets, who are resigned to initiating rebuilding mode.

In exchange, the Nets would receive Anthony and Chauncey Billups. To make the trade work, Detroit's Rip Hamilton would also head to New Jersey, with Troy Murphy and Johan Petro going to the Pistons.

However, the widely discussed snag is that New Jersey doesn't want Melo unless he is willing to sign an immediate three-year extension (rumored to be in the $65 million range), and Anthony has balked at committing to be a Net long-term.

Even if he were willing to embrace a future in New Jersey, and eventually Brooklyn, Melo ma ...

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