Possible Carmelo Anthony Trades

With the aid of the powerful ESPN Trade Machine, I came up with a few possible three or four-way trades that send Carmelo Anthony to the Wizards. They’re all pipe dreams, but take a look and tell me what you think.

By the way, I didn’t do any straight up Nuggets-Wizards swaps because there weren’t any that made sense for Denver.

Trade One

Wizards acquire: Carmelo Anthony

Nuggets acquire: Mike Dunleavy, T.J. Ford, Trevor Booker (or Kevin Seraphin), Lance Stephenson, unprotected first-round pick from Washington, unprotected first-round pick from Indiana

Pacers acquire: Gilbert Arenas, Ronaldo Balkman

Why it makes sense for all sides: Obviously the Wizards would be ecstatic adding Carmelo Anthony. Washington also no longer deals with the Gilbert Arenas headache. They do trade away one of their promising rookies, but it’s still well worth the price. Losing a first-round pick wouldn’t be ideal, but the Wizards would likely be a playoff team anyway with Wall, Josh Howard, ‘Melo, Andray Blatche, and JaVale McGee.

The Nuggets are going to be the losers in any deal they make. That’s always the case when trading away a superstar. At least they get 18 million dollars in expiring contracts (enough to sign a max-contract player or multiple above-average guys),two promising rookies (either Seraphin or Booker and Lance Stephenson), plus two unprotected first-round draft picks. Stephenson has some off-the-court issues but his talent is undeniable, and he comes dirt-cheap.

The Pacers would be giving up their valuable expiring contracts and a first-round pick, but in exchange, they get an all-star caliber player. Arenas comes with lots of baggage, but he’s capable of doing great things in Indiana. A trio of Darren Collison, Arenas, and Danny Granger certainly has to pique GM Larry Bird’s interest, especially when you factor in rookie Paul George and improving center Roy Hibbert.

Trade Two

Wizards acquire: Carmelo Anthony

Nuggets acquire: Mike Dunleavy, T.J. Ford, Trevor Booker (or Kevin Seraphin), Lance Stephenson, Leandro Barbosa, unprotected first-round pick from Washington, unprotected first-round pick from Indiana, unprotected first-round pick from Toronto (via Miami)

Pacers acquire: Gilbert Arenas, Ronaldo Balkman

Raptors acquire: J.R. Smith

Why it makes sense: See above for why the Wizards and Pacers would be interested.

The only additions from the previous trade are Leandro Barbosa and a first-round pick for J.R. Smith. The Nuggets are trying to get rid of Smith, who has worn out his welcome in Denver. Toronto is in desperate need of a go-to scorer, and Smith is both young (24), and capable of putting up 20 points a night if given the minutes. Toronto would be trading their extra first-round pick from the Heat (acquired in Chris Bosh trade), which will likely be a late first-round selection.

Denver grabs another expiring contract (Barbosa), and another first-round pick. They would have four first-round selections in next year’s draft.

Trade Three

Wizards acquire: Carmelo Anthony, DeSagana Diop

Nuggets acquire: Erick Dampier, Andray Blatche, Gerald Henderson, two future second-round picks from Wizards, future unprotected first-round pick from Bobcats

Bobcats acquire: Gilbert Arenas, Renaldo Balkman

Why it makes sense: Wizards do have to take back Diop’s two-year, six million dollar contract, but he’s at least a big body and a servicable backup. Plus, he and Kirk Hinrich’s mammoth deal would expire at the same time and clear up 15 million dollars in cap space.

The Nuggets get Erick Dampier’s expiring contract that can immediately get bought out, along with Andray Blatche, who started to break out in the second half of last season (20/10 average in last 40 games). They also receive youngster Gerald Henderson, two second round picks, and a future first-round pick from Charlotte.

The Bobcats would essentially trade Diop, Tyson Chandler, and a first-round pick for Gilbert Arenas, which I’d consider a pretty big win for them.

Final Verdict: From Washington’s standpoint, these trades would be unbelievable. For Denver, things wouldn’t look so peachy. The truth is, the Wizards really don’t have much to offer. Gilbert Arenas would have to be included in almost any deal, and while our youngsters are promising, none of them have proven anything, except for Andray Blatche. It’s extremely unlikely a deal of any kind could be completed.

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