While hoops fans were busy talking about the Bobcats surprising win over the Celtics last night, the upcoming showdown between Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard, and the #lastimethecavswon fun on Twitter, news broke that could change the entire landscape of the NBA season.
That news? A potential Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers deal.
The Lakers’ package would be built around center Andrew Bynum. Denver has no interest in Ron Artest and isn’t particularly interested in Lamar Odom either, sources said. A straight-up deal of Bynum for Anthony works financially, but there could be other players involved since Denver would look to shed more salary if possible.
Well, now isn’t that something. And while that is something, I simply cannot see this happening.
On the surface, we could look at it and say “why would Denver want to trade their All-Star scorer for a guy that is constantly injured and has bad knees?” And that’s a good point.
However, if you look at it from the other angle, the Lakers without a big center clogging up the middle are not the same team. Sure, they would add another dynamic scorer. Sure, they would still have Pau Gasol. But they just aren’t the same team in the frontcourt. Not at all.
Lamar Odom would likely slide to the four, with Gasol at the five. Odom has been great for LA, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not the force that Bynum is inside when healthy. Bynum just presents so many problems for opposing big men, which is what the Lakers will need against the teams they’ll be squaring off against in the playoffs.
On the other hand, the injuries are a huge concern, would completely shy me away from the deal if I’m in the Nuggets’ front office. If all you’re going to get is Bynum in return for Carmelo, and then Bynum goes out with another season-ending knee injury, your team is in trouble. Big trouble.
So in all honesty, it doesn’t sound like this trade will materialize. It really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for either side to do this, unless of course there are more unknown pieces involved, or a third team that would bring more to the table.
Would I like to see a Carmelo/Kobe partnership? Sure I would. But I just think there are better alternatives out there for both teams. The ideal landing spot for Carmelo is still the Knicks. No question about it. That’s where he wants to be, and he’ll have a complimentary inside guy in Amare Stoudemire.
But for now, let the trade rumors continue as we approach one of the most intriguing trade deadlines in recent memory.