New York Knicks Acquire Carmelo Anthony But Nuggets Steal The Deal

Carmelo Anthony is a New York Knick. After months of speculation and rumors, it feels good to finally say it officially. Here is the deal that has been reported by Yahoo! Sports and the Denver Post:

Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman are headed to New York for Danilo [...]

Taking A Look At The Other Nuggets That Could Go Once Melo Is Dealt

The feeling around Los Angeles during All-Star Weekend has been one of anticipation. Multiple General Managers across the league are eagerly awaiting the Denver Nuggets to make a decision regarding Carmelo Anthony so that they can go about making their own moves.

Whether these opposing GMs are waiting on the Nuggets because they want to make sure Denver is going to sell before they ask for one of their other players or because they want to know if they need to make a move themselves to keep up with Denver, there is clearly a lot riding on the Anthony situation that goes beyond just the two teams involved in the deal.

For most teams, Melo getting dealt means they get an opportunity to pick at the post-Melo roster Denver will have. The Nuggets have a few very attractive pieces that any contender would do well to add but if the Nuggets end up keeping Anthony – extension or not – Denver is not going to part with any of the complementary pieces in hopes of making a post-season run to keep the fanbase interested and to potentially coax Carmelo into staying.

If the Nuggets do end up dealing Carmelo before the impending deadline, here are the most appealing Nuggets that other teams around the league should be in hot pursuit of.

Hit the jump for the four most appealing Nuggets that Denver should look to deal after shipping Melo…
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Despite Dreadful Season, Wall Finds Spotlight In L.A.

Hidden behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and their historically bad season are the Washington Wizards, who have won just one road game – and it was against the Cavaliers – and sit at 15-39 on the season. That record is the fifth worst in the league and although I think the Wizards are a bit better than the New Jersey Nets, who have the sixth worst record in the NBA, they haven’t been able to put together consistent performances all season long.

Despite the abysmal record, it’s conceivable for the Wizards to believe this season has been a success, at least when compared to last year. Gilbert Arenas was traded earlier in the season, ridding the Wizards of the stench that still remained from last year’s gun incident. John Wall has taken over the franchise cornerstone quite well even though he has had some injury trouble throughout the year. And just last night we saw JaVale McGee take center stage in the dunk contest while pulling off two of the most unique dunks you will ever see, which gives the Wizards a bit more fan fare.

The perception of the team, or the perception of the players on the team, is a bit better than last year. Arenas being gone helped the rejuvenation of this young squad quite a bit and Wall’s youthful exuberance has won over the hearts of the D.C. natives.

That being said, this is still a dreadful basketball team. Wall has had his issues with turnovers and his jumpshot still hasn’t found him. McGee is an athletic marvel but he’s still got a ways to go in terms of just learning the game; rather than just impressing with his hops, he needs to impress with his smart help defense and offensive rebounding. Andray Blatche has brilliant games in which he is engaged and on with his jumpshot, but for every game that he’s into, there’s three games in which he’s jacking up 22-footers to cancel it out.

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For more on the Wizards’ struggles this season and Wall’s showcase at All-Star Weekend after the break…

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Blazers, Nets Talking Harris-Miller Swap

The New Jersey Nets are not only looking at Carmelo Anthony as potential additions before the trade deadline. According to Al Iannazzone of the Berger Record, the Nets have also been in contact with the Portland Trail Blazers about veteran point guard Andre Miller. Blazers’ shooting guard Rudy Fernandez has also been discussed, per the [...]

Report: Nets Back In The Melo Hunt

After their owner publicly took his team out of the Carmelo Anthony rumor mill just a month ago, the New Jersey Nets are once again talking to the Denver Nuggets about acquiring the all-star small forward, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

It isn’t likely that the Nets are going to up their [...]

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Nick Young Dominates The Toilet Bowl

The Cleveland Cavaliers victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime on Saturday dampened the hype for yesterday’s match-up between the Washington Wizards and the Cavs. The potential 0-27 streak vs a team with an 0-25 road record was looked forward to by many and while the Cavs were still the same, horrid team [...]

Hawks’ Collapse Signifies Need For Change

For an entire half of their game against the Charlotte Bobcats yesterday, the Atlanta Hawks dominated. The Bobcats were clanking shots off the rim and turning the ball over at an alarming rate while Josh Smith was raining in jumpers and Mike Bibby was getting tip-ins over Stephen Jackson.

It took the Bobcats until the 2:30 mark in the second quarter to make their first field goal of the period and just before that basket was made, with three minutes left in the half, the Hawks announcers were so convinced their team would win that Dominique Wilkins proclaimed the Hawks were going to “run (Charlotte) out of the gym,” and that there was “no chance of them coming back.”

At the time, the statement seemed fairly accurate, but by the time the final buzzer sounded, the Hawks had found a way to prove Wilkins wrong.

More on the Hawks’ collapse and if they should make a deal after the break…

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