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Aug 18

Carmelo Anthony and the Orlando Magic

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Via Royce Young of CBSSports.com:

You’re supposed to believe the Orlando Magic haven’t made any inquiries into Carmelo Anthony’s availability. At least that’s what general manager Otis Smith is telling you.

But we all know better. A tier one superstar is potentially on the block and Smith’s team is in the market for an upgrade at small forward. And as Ken Berger reports , the Magic are one of the teams on top of Anthony’s list. Yeah, I’m sure Smith hasn’t at least asked about ‘Melo’s situation. […]

Targeting Brandon Bass, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus means the Nuggets get a good small forward in return, plus two solid big men, a position Denver has been looking to improve this year. (Denver would need to throw in Renaldo Balkman to make numbers work, but if they’re getting back two bigs, it would need to clear out room in the frontcourt anyway.) Yes, it’s a step down from Anthony, but any time you trade one of the top seven or eight players in the league, it’s going to be hard to get a comparable deal. Actually, scratch that, it’s basically impossible. But Denver’s other option is to let Anthony walk and get NOTHING in return. You know, the LeBron/Bosh exit plan. And teams that could offer really intriguing deals like the Clippers (Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon?) evidently aren’t on Anthony’s radar.

Same song and dance.

First it was Chris Paul, now it’s Carmelo Anthony.

It’s been an interesting off-season for the Orlando Magic, simply because they have been linked in trade rumors to some of the best players in the NBA. Paul is a top five player and the best point guard in the league. Anthony is, admittedly, a notch below in skill and value, but still an All-Star caliber talent. And both players, through various reports in the mainstream media, see the Magic as an attractive destination to ply their trade and join forces with Dwight Howard.

Anthony is the latest high-profile player that wants to take his talents to the City Beautiful.

Should Magic fans expect anything to happen with Anthony? No, but Anthony has something that Paul doesn’t — or didn’t — have. Anthony has leverage in the situation because he’s an expiring contract, and in the midst of deciding whether or not to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets for three years, $65 million. As been pointed out elsewhere, it speaks volumes that Anthony has not signed a new contract with the Nuggets when he’s had plenty of chances to do so already.

What does this mean for Orlando? Not much, other than it needs to be stated that there’s a greater chance, albeit a slim one, that general manager Otis Smith can make a play for Anthony if he chooses to do so. Acquiring a talent like Anthony is always tricky because the stars have to align just right, but there’s one thing that will the Magic as the process moves forward. Anthony, unlike Paul, has a lot of power with the situation.

It’s no secret that Anthony would like to join the New York Knicks if possible, but it’s been reported that Orlando is high on his list as well.

Here we go again.

10 comments
The Dark
The Dark

@Eddy Rivera
"And no, Anthony does not shoot the ball 30 to 40 times a night."

No, it just feels like 40 ;). According to HoopData, Anthony shot the ball 21.8 times per game last season (on average). That was good for second in the league for shot attempts/game, behind Monta Ellis. For a Magic comparison, Lewis and Nelson combined shot the ball 21.9 times per game.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Absolute

I wouldn't hold your breathe.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@jax502

It's more realistic, but still a near impossibility.

@Brad

I that's a little presumptuous. Games haven't even been played yet.

@Adolfo

Anyone not named Dwight Howard, I would presume. Would it be worth it? It'd depend on who the Magic give up in a swap.

@Kenny

The trade scenario that Young conjured up is unlikely to happen. Better believe that the Nuggets would want more for Anthony than Bass, Gortat, and Pietrus.

That offer isn't good enough.

@Matt

Get rid of a bench? You do realize that the Magic have, arguably, the deepest team in the NBA. Giving up Bass, Gortat, and Pietrus would be nothing in theory, given that Richardson would slide to a reserve role and fill in Pietrus' vacated spot. The only player that would need to be "replaced" in theory would be Gortat, but that's a problem you deal with if the time comes.

And no, Anthony does not shoot the ball 30 to 40 times a night.

@Jayson

Having Gortat is a luxury but if a trade like this ever comes along, he's the type of player that you can use as trade bait.

Jayson
Jayson

@Matt
I have to disagree with you about Bass. I think he's a good player in a broad sense (and therefore valuable to other teams), but I think that Anderson is the guy who will stick here. We will have to get rid of Bass at some point, and we wont get any better value than Anthony.

I would still be weary of a trade though. I think Anthony is a tremendous scorer, but he hasn't shown the kind of efficiency throughout his time in the league that would make me think that he was worth the world. I would definitely go for the deal if we sent them Bass, Carter, and Pietrus. I would not part with Gortat at this point, unless we got a somewhat workable backup center (even if a downgrade). I think that Gortat is tremendously undervalued. With the foul trouble that Dwight often gets in, having a backup C that is starter caliber is more than a luxury; its a necessity.

Matt
Matt

I think everyone is smoking something if you think its a good trade to get rid of our bench for a man that obviously makes a lot of points but he also shoots the ball 30 to 40 times a night. Keep the bench the way it is. Mark my words Brandon Bass is going to be a baller this year.

Kenny
Kenny

So wait... All we have to do is give up 2 bench players to get him? If we get melo and all we gave up was Pietrus, Gortat and Bass I will be the happiest Magic fan. I would miss Pietrus he has the ability to catch fire and not miss all night, but I like Melo way more. I doubt this will get pulled off though. Maybe we can throw them those three and a first round draft pick? I think thats fair compensation.

Adolfo
Adolfo

Hey Eddy, Will be worth to rip off our roster to get Carmelo? Who of our guys could be in a potential trade?

Brad
Brad

I'm hoping they do something. I don't feel confident in this roster right now.

jax502
jax502

As much as I love Gortat and Peaches...I would love to see this trade happen. This seems more realistic than the Chris Paul one. Oh well, here we go again! :)