Mikhail Prokhorov could be the world’s biggest Carmelo Anthony fan. We all know the Nets need to make some sort of huge splash in order to become a contender, but is it worth wagering their entire future for one player? Anthony may be one of the NBA’s best players, but who could blame the Nuggets for trading him away with what New Jersey is offering?
In order for the trade to be finalized Anthony must agree on the three-year, $65 million extension the Nets are offering. Reports have surfaced stating that Anthony and Prokhorov are scheduled to meet during All-Star Weekend, but Carmelo said there is “no meeting at all” and talk of one is “news to (him).” Of course, it would be foolish to rule out the Knicks regardless of how far along the talks are between New Jersey and Denver.
If the deal goes through, here is a look at what each team would get:
Nets get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely, and Renaldo Balkman
Nuggets get: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh, and four first-round picks.
Man, that’s a ton of first round picks. The Nuggets would lose two of their best players but they would also have an infinite amount of resources to use toward rebuilding. Two first round picks every season for four years can yield plenty of talent. Favors may not have worked out as planned just yet, but he was a third overall pick for a reason. Harris is known to score points in bunches. Anthony is the definition of a franchise player, but I’m just not sure any player is worth that type of king’s ransom — especially one who takes his hat off to himself and rocks shades during interviews like a clown.Google+