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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 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 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.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:26 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

I don’t know if anyone has brought this up, but If this deal goes down with Lakers, how will the Nuggets incorporate Bynum with Nene already at center?

I don't think its a problem.  Nene is really a power forward playing out of position and doing a solid job at it.  If they get Bynum they move Nene back to PF.  Isn't Nene a pending free agent also?

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:25 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

@JPhillips173: Although you are almost definitely right about the shorter season, I for one don't mind the amount of games... I just wish they werent all on cable networks. I feel like most cable/satellite subcribers have the notion that everyone has cable or satellite. The fact is, if all of the Jazz's games were on bigger networks, I would watch almost all of them, but since I don't have FSN or ESPN I'm totally ignored other than maybe one highlight game on Sunday, if I'm lucky. But that just goes back to your point: they can't air that many games on a network because, well, there's just too many teams with too many games. I believe that it would make much more sense to condense the season schedule, keep it out of the NFL's months, and focus more on the playoffs, like you said.
 As for cutting teams, I'm not sure that's a very good idea. Think of all the people that WOULD care if they cut them out. I know some of the teams are failing miserably, but there's probably better ways to remedy that. I'm thinkin along the lines of changing the draft from a lottery to basically "your team did the worst, you pick first". Look at Cleveland. They NEED first pick to start rebuilding next year. That might not be enough but it's a start... And there's a chance they won't get it because it's somewhat random! That's not cool at all. Another thing they could do is make the salary cap mandatory, none of this crap about a "soft cap". The Lakers and Celtics have been abusing the loophole for years, and if the players want to play for those teams, they can suck it up and get paid a few milllion less per year, otherwise go play for someone who can "afford" to keep you on their roster. This would also help them avoid all the lockout discussions that are threatening to destroy what little fanbase the NBA has left. It might also encourage the players to worry more about the game than their contracts. They make it seem like they're struggling to pay rent or something. Makes me sick! 

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:58 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

I don’t know if anyone has brought this up, but If this deal goes down with Lakers, how will the Nuggets incorporate Bynum with Nene already at center?

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:37 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

I think the Nuggets should trade melo to milwaukee for redd and salmons. But it doesnt matter bc Sterns will only let him go to a big market team since he is a greedy old basterd, he cant get richer if he goes to a low market team. melo will end up in NY bottom line. If they trade for Bynum that are retarded bc that guy will never last a full season and his next knee injury will be his last. Screw the lakers and Sterns!!

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:31 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

more utter nonsense, trade makes no sense, while the Lakers have looked vulnerable over the last few months, the fact of the matter is they have already proven they can beat the Celtics as presently constituted, if you say what about Perkins, I say what about a healthy Bynum, that aside the Nuggets would be stupid to invest thier future in a guy with a big salary, who is hurt all the time, while weakening their chances to compete by trading a top 7 player within the same conference. Not knocking Bynum, who is a rare player for his size and skill but to make him the focal point of your offense would be a huge mistake, that's assuming the Lakers would even trade him, which IMO they wouldn't, chalk it up to good radio fodder for a few days nothing more. I would think Melo, would want to go to a place where he can be the final piece to put a team over the top, like the Knicks, like the Bulls, not chase a team, who has already won 5 titles, plus the Triangle they run out in LA would not maximize Melo's strengths anyway. I don't think him and Koby would be a good mix and I don't think they would be that much better at least intially.

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:29 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

Why would Denver even consider this?? Trade your star player to an in conferance rival?? makes legit sense, I hope it happens, the Nuggets won't ever beat th Lakers

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:28 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

There is no way this edition of BergerTales comes true either. This guy is a troll and should be fired, tarred and feathered!

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:08 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

Mr. Stern,

Your have diluted your product so much most people will only watch if 1 of 5-6 teams are playing or it's the Conf championship or Finals. Even your players are doing a suedo contraction by all demanding to be on the same teams.

You have 30 teams & each play 84 games a season. You need to cut it to 20 teams, as there is obviously not enough talent for 30 teams(i.e. Cavs, kings, t-wolves, Toronto, Washington). Alot of your teams can't fill their seats even in large Metro areas (i.e Nets, 76ers, Hornets, Hawks, Pacers). So there is your 10 teams right there, and i barely spent 3 minutes researching this.

  Attendance Records


As far as the games, the season is so long it is impossible in this day & age to follow a team. Not that you can't get access to the games, but who wants to watch anything 3-4 times a week? American Idol couldn't even do that in their hay-day. Not to mention the season runs for 7 months. Hard to have a climactic ending to anything that takes 7 months to do. You know how you get excited about the Finals in todays NBA? You don't watch until April, which im sure your already aware of. I'd like to see it cut to 36 games over 4 months. That's 9 games a month or 2.25 a week. Have most NBA teams play at least one of there weekly games on a Sat or Sun so working people can see them, with the other 1.25 games scheduled during the week. Start the season the weekend after the superbowl & play through to the 2-3 week of June, or right before schools get out for summer break.

This is how you keep people interested in your product, sell out season tickets with multiple year waiting list, get huge TV deals, etc.. (see the NFL).

You give people just enough to keep them wanting more, with the promise of more to come if they tune in. You don't play so many games for so much of the year that it becomes like the local news, so boring youd rather watch make believe. You don't have a season so long that guys take games off(mentally) all the time like they were skipping a shootaround. You don't have so many teams that half the leauge has little to no shot of contention like a B-leauge or something.

You want to Die a long withering death like MLB, or do you want to conquer the other half of the year that NFL isn't on? You choose.

A fan long removed, but holding out hope.

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:04 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

I agree, Celtic fans need to shut up. Also in the 2009 finals LA was without Bynum AND Ariza. I'm just waiting for one of the "Big 3" in Boston to have a season ending/serious injury. LA needs to get rid of Bynum before he has a really serious injury, if that happens: forget it. He's made of glass.
If the Lakers don't get Anthony then get rid of Ron. If they do trade with the Bobcats for Gerald Wallace or Stephen Jackson. Wallace may help, Jackson can score but he may just create problems. Also they need an upgrade at PG. Fisher is a good veteran leader and can hit some clutch shots in the playoffs, but he's just too old and doesnt really contribute.
Even though Coach Jackson doesnt care for rookies: he should give Ebanks and Caracter more playing time.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:33 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

LOL Perkins would have made absolutely no difference, IM sick and tired of all you Celtics fans crying over the "What if we had Perkins" scenario, people forget Bynum played in the finals on one knee so what if the Lakers had a healthy Andrew Bynum for the entire Finals? I dont think the Celtics would have pushed the lakers to 7 games if Bynum was healthy.

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