Posted by: Brian McCann on August 27th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
First off, let me say that this trade proposal is just plain stupid. It just is. I totally, 100% admit it. There is absolutely no need for any of you to tell me how stupid this proposal is in the comments section because I already know that this is the most ridiculous, absurd, far-fetched, ludicrous, short-sighted, and naïve trade proposal that I have ever made. I know some of you will still jump on my back for it, and I don’t care. All I want you to do when you read this post is to forget all of your biases and pretenses (like that could ever happen). Let your mind go; leave it at the proverbial door. I understand that this is trade is almost totally impossible-I get it. But if over 85% of you like the movie “Inception” (according to Rotten Tomatoes), then I know you know how to leave your brain at the door. Extracting information from somebody else’s dreams is way more impossible than this proposal (well, maybe).
Carmelo Anthony is on the block. Denver has no choice but to trade him at this point if they want to get anything in return. Yes, they could let him play out his contract, but his relationship with that club has turned sour, and he will 100% walk next season leaving the Thuggies high and dry unless they trade him. They have to move him. That team’s chemistry is shot, their ship has sailed, and J.R. Smith is choking out D-Leaguers in pick up games just to add insult to their collective injury. In short, they are done-ski, and keeping Melo around for one last hurrah doesn’t make a lot of sense given their chemistry issues.
Allegedly, As is typical with today’s athlete, Carmelo’s agent, Leon Rose, has given a short list of teams that his client would prefer to be traded to that includes the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, and Houston Rockets. Oh how diva-ish. The Nuggets are believed to prefer dealing with the LA Clippers and New Jersey Nets because they like the young players those teams have to offer. I can’t imagine Melo wanting to play for the Clipps, because, well, they are the Clipps, and the Nets are nearly just as bad. But reportedly, Melo is interested in building his brand, and his wife, past MTV VJ Lala Vazquez, apparently wants to be somewhere close to the entertainment industry, so either of those locations would be ideal if he is not interested in winning a championship.
But, if Melo is interested in actually winning hardware, Utah would be a great fit. Yes, I really did just write that. Utah would be a great fit if Melo’s first priority is winning. It is hard not to believe a core of Deron Williams, Al Jefferson, and Carmelo Anthony wouldn’t be the odds on favorite to be the heir apparent to the Lakers given the Jazz’ strong supporting cast. And what’s more, Utah has the assets to make Denver one helluva deal. AK’s expiring contract probably would not be enough to entice Denver to deal with Utah, but throw in Paul Millsap or CJ Miles, and you have a trade that is a lot better than an Eddy Curry/future draft picks or Vince Carter/future draft picks deal. Plus doing so would allow Melo to sign his three year $65 million extension without much difference in tax consequence for the Jazz.
Obviously, Melo would have to want this trade to go down to sign the extension (I don’t see the Jazz organization pulling the trigger on something like this for one year, just to watch Melo walk), and most likely he wouldn’t because of his aforementioned diva-ness, but if he wants to win rings above all else, and if the proposal was made, it’s difficult to think he wouldn’t at least consider it. The Nuggets would be left with valuable assets, Melo would get his raise, the Jazz would be serious contenders, and Deron would have a legit number three. Ahhhhhh…if only the world were perfect.
Of course, it’s not and this deal has a slim chance in the furthest corner of hell of actually going down, also considering the fact that Denver management would probably rather bite off their own fingers than do an inter-division deal with the Jazz for their franchise player. But isn’t it fun to dream about a world in which basketball decisions are based purely on basketball? If Melo wants to be a diva, he should go to New York and squander his prime with the worst run sports franchise in modern history. If he wants to win titles, he should consider teams that offer him his best shot at doing so, and, on paper, Utah is one of those teams.
Melo won’t win a title in New York or New Jersey or with the Clipps. He could in Utah, but most likely he would have a hard time trading in Madison Avenue for State Street. Kevin O’Conner has been on a hot streak lately though, so who knows. It’s completely unlikely but hardly impossible, and it’s worth at least making an offer.
Then again, I’m sure KOC already has.
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