Last week Ken Berger of CBS Sports did some speculating based on those anonymous “sources” journalists seem to always have, that the Sixers could get involved in a three way trade with the Nets and Nuggets.
The big bang of the hypothetical deal would result in:
- The Sixers getting: Derrick Favors
- The Nets getting: Carmelo Anthony
- The Nuggets getting: Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young
The money line from that piece:
Two people familiar with Denver’s strategy confirmed the Nuggets would be intrigued by a deal centered around Iguodala.
Which led to talk about Melo actually coming to the Sixers.
The numbers: Iguodala for 4 years/$56M or Carmelo Anthony for 4 years/$82M.
Thorn promptly bobbed and weaved his way around that question, as expected.
Fast forward to today.
Denver Now Listening to Offers for Melo
Prior to this report by ESPN Denver was all about keeping Melo and weren’t eliciting offers or aggressively shopping him.
Now Denver is at least telling teams to “show me what you got” in terms of assets to acquire Melo.
That, plus this bit of intel from Kate Fagan:
… adds a bit more oomph to last weeks trade rumors.
So the more you read the more it looks like Carmelo Anthony will be traded at some point. The question is will the Sixers be involved? Directly or as a intermediary.
Would Carmelo Anthony even want to come to Philadelphia?
That’s the rub with any discussion of Anthony landing with the Sixers.
Because Melo is only under contract for this season he holds a lot of power in where he goes. Not directly, in that he has a no-trade clause. But indirectly in that he can simply tell any team he doesn’t want to play for that he will not sign an extension or resign once he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Considering what the Nuggets will be asking for that would be a haul for a one year rental.
And the last time I checked the 76ers weren’t on his short list of teams he would want to sign with.
He hasn’t explicitly said he doesn’t want play in Philly. Do you think there is any chance he would? Especially if the scenario includes him coming to Philly and Iguodala (an ideal wing partner, in my opinion) was going?
Why would he want to play for us?
So my question: Is the Carmelo Anthony to the Sixers talk and scenarios pointless?
While I would love to see Melo in a Sixers uniform, I just can’t come up with a legit reason why he would sign an extension to play here, especially without Iguodala on the roster.
If it got past that hang up, there wouldn’t be any money left if Iguodala, Brand and Melo where on this teams payroll. When you consider we would have to give up our best young players (thinking Turner, Jrue, Thad and/or Speights) plus picks if it’s only us the Nuggets involved in the deal this roster would be bare and no money to fill the bench with quality role players.
I am struggling to see how Melo to Philly makes any sense.
Now us getting involved and bringing a player like Favors to Philly is intriguing.
But would it be worth giving up Iguodala in the process?