Carmelo Anthony, you know the guy. 25 PPG, 6-10 RPG, 2-5 assists per night. Unhappy being with the girl he likes and wanting to be with the one he feels longed for and truly loves and leaving the Nuggets with nothing as he goes for her (Knicks in a metaphorical sense incase you were wondering if he was leaving LaLa). So I was thinking of trades that would be more realistic to teams who would trade for Melo just for the salary dump, or for a possible playoff run and when I look at the Blazers I see a potential both. So what is the trade?
Why Denver does it: To get .20 cents off the dollar in a trade for Melos value instead of 0, as well as getting some potentially good big men, whom we are in desperate need of despite Joel Pryzbilla's still recovering from injury and Oden still.. being injured we would definitely feel we could get these two into at least 70% health at the best at least because we were able to get Nene (our starting center) fully recovered from season ending injuries of the past and testicular cancer.
Why Portland does it: Is a Melo rental worse than 2.1 ppg, 3 RPG combined by 2 big men on 14,000,000 dollars payroll? Well I would think yes it is. To me it seems the general consensus on Oden is that he is a bust and he is just collecting a big fat paycheck, while Joel is still recovering from his injuries. With Melo not only do you clear about 14,000,000 in payroll by years end with very little to show for it, but you get Carmelo Anthony who will play very well alongside your group of good but not great role players and get you to the playoffs where you will be dangerous enough to make a possible title run. Now I know Nate is a prude man but I am sure he could see it in his heart to get along with Melo because he is good friends with his mentor George Karl.
Portland is also ranked 23rd in offense and a boost of Carmelo would really amp up their offense.
So who thinks this could work and would you approve of this trade?