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Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 4:11 pm
 
The Lakers and Nuggets have achieved some traction with recent trade discussions involving Andrew Bynum and Carmelo Anthony, two people with knowledge of the talks told CBSSports.com Tuesday. 

Bynum-for-Anthony would be the obvious centerpiece in the proposed deal, but numerous other pieces that would have to be involved make it "very, very difficult to get this done," said one of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss team business. 

The Lakers' early success in piquing the Nuggets' interest in Bynum represents a subtle shift in Denver's trade strategy. One of the people familiar with the talks said Nuggets officials have recently expressed a renewed desire to bring back a "star player" along with multiple draft picks in a trade for Anthony. A scenario involving the Knicks, Anthony's No. 1 choice in a trade, would not yield a star but would save the Nuggets significant money and provide cap relief to rebuild. 

UPDATE: ESPN The Magazine first reported the preliminary discussions between the Lakers and Nuggets Tuesday. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak declined to comment on the level of the team's involvement with the Nuggets, and spokesman John Black said the team doesn't comment on "trade rumors."

A third person connected to the situation said he found it "suspicious" that the Bynum-Anthony scenario would become public so soon after it was publicly revealed that the Knicks have found a willing participant in the Timberwolves to contribute to a three-team scenario that would send Anthony to New York. That person said he received some signals early last week that the Lakers and Nuggets were at least considering entering into Bynum-Anthony discussions.

"Someone is trying to scare New York," the person said.
 
Although Anthony's representatives with Creative Artists Agency have recently stepped up their efforts to circulate Melo's long-held preference for a trade to New York, those close to the three-time All-Star believe there is no question he would sign a three-year, $65 million extension as part of a trade to the Lakers. Such a scenario would give Anthony everything he wants -- top-dollar in an extension, the big-market allure that comes with the Lakers' Hollywood surroundings, and the inside track to his first championship. 

But such a complicated trade is much bigger than Anthony's desires. Sources say the Nuggets would insist on the Lakers recruiting a third team that could provide attractive first-round picks. From the Lakers' perspective, they also would be looking for a backcourt upgrade in the deal -- and sources say Chauncey Billups could fit that bill as a short-term replacement for struggling Derek Fisher

Also, despite his denials, sources say Ron Artest has, in fact, privately discussed wanting to be traded -- and Lakers officials have been eager to take him up on it, with no realistic takers given the nearly $22 million he is owed over the next three seasons. Including Artest in the framework of a Bynum-Melo deal is highly unlikely, given that Denver would balk at taking on his contract and any third team willing to surrender valuable picks wouldn't want it, either. 

UPDATE: In addition, a league source told CBSSports.com Tuesday that he put little credence in reports that Artest could be headed to the Bobcats for either Gerald Wallace or Stephen Jackson. When Artest signed with the Lakers two summers ago, the notion of him going to Charlotte was posed to part-owner Michael Jordan and GM Rod Higgins, who indicated he wasn't the right "fit" for the organization. Also, sources say Artest has been advised of no serious talks that would lead to him being traded -- something the Lakers, who are aware of how Artest's play could be affected by trade rumors, would be sure to do if they were close to trading him.

For these reasons and plenty of others, a Lakers-Nuggets deal centered around Bynum and Anthony is "a long way from being made," one of the sources said. 

But if the discussions gained momentum, the Lakers would be giving up their most valuable advantage -- front-court size -- for a player whose scoring talents mirror those of Kobe Bryant. But of all the stars on the 2008 Olympic gold-medal team, Bryant and Anthony were the two who grew closest in Beijing. It's one thing to co-exist on the national team, and quite another on an NBA team with obvious championship ambitions. But at least Bryant and Anthony would have a solid relationship and mutual respect as their foundation. 

And look at it this way: Bryant is still playing at a high level, but he can't do this forever. The opportunity to cash in a valuable asset like Bynum for a player who could not only team up with Bryant and win a title now, but replace him in the future, is too good to pass up. 

But as has been the case in every Melo trade scenario, the wild card is Denver. Are Nuggets officials willing to send their superstar to a conference rival, only to watch him torture their souls for years? Is a potential star center with suspect knees the best they can do for Anthony? These are among the many questions this tantalizing scenario presents -- and as usual with Anthony, there are more questions than answers.
Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:11 am
 

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

State of grace...I agree with you in many ways but Mike D'antoni doesn't believe in defense.  He is a run and gun type of guy and defense is secondary to him.  I guarantee he is begging the GM of the Knicks to make this move.  Carmelo Anthony would thrive in New York.  I don't think they will ever win a championship because of that reason.  The same way his Suns teams struggle in the playoffs due to not being able to get stops late in games but does Melo fit the style of play in New York?  absolutely.  He would win a MVP there I believe.  But you are right.  The Knicks need to get tougher on the interior but just not in the philosphy of D'antoni.



Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:04 am
 

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

As a Knick fan, I hope Melo goes somewhere other than NY. The Knicks can already score but we need better interior defense. Melo doesn't solve that problem. He needs the ball to be in his hands to be effective and that would cause friction with Amare. In 2-3 years, there is a good chance Gallo or Chandler will be solid 20 PPG scorers themsevles and Fields is the ultimate glue guy. In short, Melo doesn't make the Knicks better at all but definitely helps Dolan sell out the Garden every night (which is Dolan's biggest concern). I'm also confused why Melo won't go to the Nets. He would be the King of Brooklyn and his wife would still be able to enjoy the Manhattan scene. He'd be paired with Lopez for a lethal inside out combination and the Nets owner is fully committed to making the Nets a winner.




Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:54 am
 

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

This is pretty much B.S. to give the writers something to talk about and maybe get N.Y. to give Denver abit more for 'Melo. One way or another, he's playing with Amare next year...



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:44 am
 

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

if hes listening..hes gonna tell his bi***es who run around with guns to come after me.wow..people with guns are tough..actually..they are cowards who hide behind the weapon..like tough cops who hide behind the badge....i better be careful..a cop might try and frame me now..thats what they do..i'm gonna be a jew and sue their asses in about 2 months..they are giving a misdemeanor to someone who committed same crime as me..a2 drug felony, but are dropping him to misdemeanor, while i went to prison..this will be big news..look for it.he's not snitching, and were both a2 felonies..different drugs..i cant wait..i'm gonna get my 15 minutes of fame..props to all those who have started the war and struck back already



Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:05 am
 

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

i love my knicks!!!ive never hated on the lakers,,even though,ron artest is an ass..lol...lol...who would get set upon in the real world!!! i wouldnt bat an eye if i heard kanye was found dead!!!hes a racist...and hates white people!!iggnorant peice of trash......just imagine ,if kanye,,{i think his music is terrible}....didnt have music!!!hed be on the corner,,,selling crack,,,or playing pimp...with the lowlife crackheads  he rolls with!!MAN!!!! I WOULD LOVE TO RUN INTO HIM!!!I WOULD CHOKE HIM OUT IN ABOUT 20 SECONDS!!!{LOL LOL  ....HEY MAYBE HES READING THIS!!!!HEY YOU NEVER KNOW!!!LOL LOL LOL MMA5158!!!!!!......1 



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:06 am
 

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

you rest your case..you're clearly comparing apples and oranges and missing the point..carmelo and his people have been saying over and over he wants to be close to home...east coast...you dont understand geography, english, ebonics, or common sense..he wants to be a knick..its a dream of his since childhood and now can..you think lakers can fit him in?...wow..ignorance..you hear one thing while he says another clearly...amazing how this is still going...i am not laughing at you..i pity you because spelling I.Q. is difficult for you, and you have a problem understanding simple english..like east coast, closer to home, dream to play for knicks...your statement said it all..key word.."sayed"..it's said..so strap that helmet on so you can get on the little yellow school bus..and wipe your chin..when knicks have him, which might not be until next year, if there is basketball then, you will be talking about all the titles you won in past..which is very impressive...despite ignorance of L.A..city of kobe the adulterer and wife beater..lamar, the man who married another man..khloe's hands are bigger than his and her chin could crack walnuts open..nice adams apple..artest..the tough man who without a gun is a bit^^..and kanye west as their biggest fan..the biggest racist on the planet.a true nagger(people who annoy you)..who hires bodyguards to hide behind and then talks crap against swift, britney, whites...tough against women...say something about brock lesnar kanye..or better yet, go back to africa with your scarf and pick ticks off your offspring..oooh..oooh..ohh.aaah..aa

ah..aaah..feel free to respond...or leave the truth alone..country is divided by racism that was abolished but then blacks still kept going..all blacks arent bad..same as whited..but kobe, artest, magic, kanye...love L.A.   carmelo will be in new york..i'm fed up with new racism and poor america...i'll do it my way



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:06 am
 

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

Have you been paying attention to this season at all?!?  What part of Melo wanting to be a Knick don't you understand?  Melo's not going to sign any extension to play for Orlando.  I'd say that was a pretty good chink in your proposal.  Further, in your three-team deal, that "makes sense for all concerned", what does Denver make out with, since Bynum is the cog that gets Denver in play and you're giving him to Orlando in your deal?



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2011 4:51 am
 

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

He's probably a Laker hater who doesn't know anything about the league.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 4:12 am
 

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

Gotta love these Bergertales.   What is Berger gonna do when Carmelo is finally traded.



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:29 am
 

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

I am a Knicks fan and I do not want to see the Knicks give up any future draft picks or current players unless its Eddie Curry and his expiring contract.He is the last of Mr. Thompson's mistakes.  The Knicks already have shown that they can score at will in most games and thus do not need to get Mello but should use their draft picks or any trade ideas to get better on defense. Players who can score and play defense in DiAntonio's high scoring offensive scheme. And if the Knicks still want Mello let them wait a year and he will sign with the Knicks anyway and NY won't have to give up anything to get a player who can score but can't play defense at all. I just want the Knicks to get a little better on defense,thats it and Mello is not the answer right now.


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