Nets Now Frontrunners for Carmelo

Once again, Real GM and ESPN are claiming they have sources that know all things involving Carmelo Anthony.  Late last night, ESPN reported that the Nuggets are listening to trade offers from multiple teams.  The favorites?  The Nets.  Who would have guessed?

I think it is safe to rule the Bulls out at this point.  The Nuggets won’t want to take on Luol Deng’s contract.  The Nets and Knicks are both very good possibilities, but I personally can’t see a deal getting done until February.  The Nuggets won’t lower their demands, and I don’t see them giving  in until the trade deadline. 

While Carmelo wouldn’t make the Knicks or Nets immediate contenders, he would be a real solid piece going forward.  Before either team pulls the trigger on a trade, they have to be confident that Melo will sign a long-term extension.  You can’t give up a whole lot for him and then see him leave next offseason. 

Let’s look at each team’s lineup with Carmelo added in.  Obviously, each team would have to give up pieces to trade for him.  Let’s say the Nets give up T-Will and Favors, while the Knicks give up Gallinari and Chandler.

Nets
Harris
Morrow
Anthony
Murphy
Lopez

Knicks
Felton
Azubuike
Anthony
Stoudemire
Turiaf

That’s certainly not a bad lineup for either team.

UPDATE: NBC Sports is now reporting that the Nets are in the drivers seat for Carmelo.

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Knicks Likely to Acquire Carmelo as a Free Agent?

According to RealGM, the Knicks are still more likely to acquire Carmelo Anthony as a free agent this summer.  At this point, the Knicks should hope Melo hits the free agency market rather than being traded to a contender such as Chicago.  If Melo hits the open market, I truly believe he will be a Knick.

Acquiring Carmelo wouldn’t exactly make the Knicks championship contenders.  They’d still have to find an elite point guard in Chris Paul or Tony Parker.  The development of young potential starts such as Anthony Randolph, Danilo Gallinari, and Timofey Mozgov.

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Source: Melo Still Hoping For Trade To Bulls, Knicks

According to Real GM, the Knicks and Bulls are the preferred landing spots for Carmelo Anthony.  If I were the Knicks, I’d make a package around Gallinari, Curry, Randolph, and Chandler.  It’s a whole lot to give up, but you are getting Carmelo Anthony in return. 

That offer is much stronger than one Chicago can make.  Luol Deng’s salary makes for a horrible trading asset.  Anything is possible, but I think the Knicks are the better landing spot.

PG: Felton
SG: Azubuike
SF: Melo
PF: Amar’e
C: Turiaf

Even after a trade, that Knicks team would be deadly.

Nets Leading Candidate For Carmelo?

Yahoo Sports is reporting that Carmelo Anthony has demanded a trade.  According to the article, the Los Angeles Clippers and the New Jersey Nets are the frontrunners to acquire Melo.  This is encouraging news for Nets fans, but it is also important to take every NBA rumor with a grain of salt.  Last time we believed a rumor, Lebron James was going to the Knicks and Dwayne Wade was going to the Bulls.

The Nets make almost too much sense for Carmelo.  In 2012, the Nets are moving to Brooklyn, Melo’s hometown.  That is a huge selling point for them.  Even if they trade away a few pieces, they would still be a great team.  Let’s look at the team if they were to trade Derrick Favors and a few draft picks for Anthony.  You would have to throw in other pieces to make the salaries match, but for now let’s just say the Nets make a package around Favors.

PG: Devin Harris
SG: Terrence Williams
SF: Carmelo Anthony
PF: Troy Murphy
C: Brook Lopez

Plus you’d have a great bench.  That would be an extremely fun team to watch.  Let’s wait and see what happens.

Arguing With Idiots Volume VI: Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony has recently been the subject of a number of rumors surrounding where he will play this year and next year. While the Knicks have been labeled as the clear favorite, many skeptics can’t help but to bash the Knicks and list reasons why Carmelo shouldn’t or wouldn’t come to New York. It’s time to disprove any theories surrounding Carmelo joining the Knicks.

The Knicks don’t have the trade pieces to acquire Carmelo.

They don’t have the best pieces, but they still have pieces. Gallinari and Chandler are two great young talents. Eddy Curry has value too because he is an expiring contract. While I don’t want the Knicks trading Randolph, he is another extremely valuable piece.

The bottom line is that Carmelo has all the leverage. If he says he won’t re-sign with anyone but the Knicks, no one will give up anything major for a one-year rental. That would leave the Knicks with the only offer on the table.

Carmelo has no leverage in this situation. He doesn’t have a no trade clause.

He doesn’t have to have one. If he says he will not re-sign for a particular team, they will not give up major pieces for him. It is up for Denver to make the trade, but there will not be any offers on the table if other teams know that Carmelo is intent on signing with the Knicks next off-season.

Why not go to Orlando, Chicago, or even Houston. All three of those teams give you a better chance to win than the Knicks.

I’m not going to argue that Orlando and Chicago would give him a better chance to win, but there is no way the Rockets would be better than the Knicks next year, especially since this is probably Yao Ming’s last season.

The real question is whether or not the Knicks (with Melo) would be better than the current Bulls and Magic.

Knicks
Felton
Chandler
Melo
Amar’e
Turiaf/Mozgov

Bulls
Rose
Brewer
Deng
Boozer
Noah

Magic
Williams
Carter
Barnes
Lewis
Howard

The Knicks are just as good, if not better than the Bulls in that scenario. While they aren’t currently as good as the Magic, adding a star point guard like Tony Parker or Chris Paul could change that. I truly believe that Chris Paul will go wherever Carmelo goes. If not, Tony Parker is a more than fine option next season.

The Knicks are rumored to have to give up Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry, and a future first round pick. Isn’t that a bit too much to give up for one player?

No way. Carmelo is a franchise player that could attract other big names to the Big Apple. The trade isn’t even that bad.

You are losing Gallinari, who is the biggest piece in the deal. He will obviously be replaced by Melo himself, so you are gaining a whole lot at SF. At SG, Azubuike could easily replace Chandler as the starter.

Obviously, Eddy Curry isn’t a loss at all. At this point, he’s not even really part of the team. The draft pick isn’t worth crying over either, because the Knicks’ next first-round pick is in 2014. At that time, they should be good and the pick will almost definitely be a non-lottery pick.

Carmelo would not be much of an upgrade over Gallinari.

Really? Let’s look at some of each player’s advanced statistics from last year.

P40
Anthony: 29.5
Gallinari: 17.8

R40
Anthony: 6.9
Gallinari: 5.8

A40
Anthony: 3.4
Gallinari: 2.0

WARP
Anthony: 9.5
Gallinari: 3.2

So Carmelo destroys Danilo in points scored, rebounds, and assists. He also will win you over six more games than Gallinari would. That is more than a significant upgrade.

It is unknown whether or not Carmelo would fit into Mike D’Antoni’s offense.

Mike D’Antoni’s high paced offense will definitely suit Carmelo very well. The offense is built around superstarts like Amar’e and Melo. A scoring machine like Carmelo is exactly what the Knicks need.

With all of this said, there is no reason for Carmelo not to bring his talents to Broadway.

Rod Thorn Named President of the Sixers

Yesterday, former Nets President Rod Thorn agreed to join the Phillidelphia 76ers.  Thorn served ten years as the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the New Jersey Nets.    Before joining the Nets, he was the NBA’s Excecutive Vice President of Basketball Operations.

In 1978, Thorn became the General Manager of the Chicago Bulls.  He was instrumental in Chicago’s selection of Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft.  Thorn also served as the interim head coach of the Bulls in 1982. 

Thorn led the Nets to the NBA Finals two times, in 2002 and 2003.  He was also named the 2002 NBA Excecutive of the Year.  Rod’s last major move was hiring Avery Johnson as the new Nets head coach.  Thorn retired from the Nets on July 15.

We at New York Sports Zone are confused why Thorn would leave a team with such a bright future for Phillidelphia.  Nonetheless, all of us wish him the best of luck with his new job.  Thanks for the memories, Rod. 

Thorn (pictured to the right) was the architect of the 2002 and 2003 Eastern Conference Champion Nets.

NBA Power Rankings: July 28, 2010

Based on this year’s offseason and last year’s performace, I have ranked all thirty NBA teams.    When the NBA season begins, I will be doing weekly power rankings.   Feel free to leave a comment and list your own rankings. 

1) Los Angeles Lakers
2) Miami Heat
3) Orlando Magic
4) Boston Celtics
5) Dallas Mavericks
6) Chicago Bulls
7) Atlanta Hawks
8 ) Utah Jazz
9) San Antonio Spurs
10) Denver Nuggets
11) Portland Trailblaizers
12) Oklahoma City Thunder
13) Milwaukee Bucks
14) New York Knicks
15) Charlotte Bobcats
16) Phoenix Suns
17) Houston Rockets
18) Memphis Grizzlies
19) New Orleans Hornets
20) New Jersey Nets
21) Cleveland Cavaliers
22) Philadelphia 76ers
23) Washington Wizards
24) Indiana Pacers
25) Toronto Raptors
26) Los Angeles Clippers
27) Detroit Pistons
28) Golden State Warriors
29) Sacramento Kings
30) Minnesota Timberwolves

I really do see the Knicks as a top 15 team this year.  They should make the playoffs.  As far as the Nets go, they have a tough hill to climb.  I may have given them too much credit here, but I wouldn’t underestimate their young talent.  If Avery Johnson can inspire this team, they can go places.