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Portland tried to land CP3 in a Carmelo mega-deal

Posted on: October 14, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 12:09 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Remember that one time Chris Paul was almost traded? And remember that one time where Carmelo Anthony was/is going to be traded? Well it all almost came together in one huge, super-duper mega-deal.

Al Iannazzone of The Bergen Record reveals a trade that was in the discussion phase that would've shaken the NBA tree around a good bit. How's this sound: The Blazers tried to include the Hornets in a deal that would've sent Chris Paul to Portland, Devin Harris, Kris Humphries and a couple Blazers to the Hornets, Derrick Favors to Denver and Andre Miller to the Nets.

And a wipe of the forehead. Now that, would've been a trade.

Iannazzone mentions that the trade really wasn't ever that close, but boy, that's one to talk about. And it's easy to see why it didn't really go anywhere. The two teams giving up their stars weren't really being compensated, well, at all. Harris is a nice guard, but Humphries and some Blazer scrubs? Unless the unnamed Blazers were Nicolas Batum, Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, I don't see how New Orleans feels good about that trade. And all Denver would've received was Favors? I'm sure picks were involved in there too, but still.

The Nets though, my goodness. Not only do they land Carmelo, but Andre Miller. Quite a haul. And if Portland isn't giving up anything that substantial, putting Chris Paul in Andre Miller's spot means the Blazers are like actual contenders or something.

Again, easy to see why this never picked up a ton of steam though.

Underneath all that in Iannazzone's story though is the fact that New Jersey is still pushing hard for Anthony, but isn't going to be able to get much done as long as Favors isn't producing. The rookie power forward went 0-for-5 and had zero points and five rebounds in 23 minutes in Wednesday’s 91-81 preseason loss to Houston. That made three bad outings for Favors in four preseason games, two of which were watched in person by a Nuggets scout.

Right now, Denver has the leverage and Favors was supposed to be the prize for them in dealing Anthony to New Jersey. But if he doesn't look like a capable starting NBA power forward, it'll be back to the drawing table for the Nets. The Nuggets are still in a position where they can track down the best deal. Until Denver starts feeling some pressure from the Carmelo camp, the Nuggets can take their time.
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Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 2:32 pm

Portland tried to land CP3 in a Carmelo mega-deal

Brandon Roy needs the ball 2 much for any PG to really be a factor in the offense, they have too many guards right now, if they were smart they would unload some of their guards right now and maybe have time for someone for like Favors to develop.  Right now, Bayless is wasting away on the bench in Portland. 

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:46 pm

Portland tried to land CP3 in a Carmelo mega-deal

all Denver would end up with was Favors? I see why it didn't go through. The Nuggets are full of uncertainty this melo thing is hanging over their heads. Going to be interesting to see how things are end of feb. For a season preview of the nuggets season check out:


Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2010 4:57 pm

Portland tried to land CP3 in a Carmelo mega-deal

Not only is it late, but it says the deal was never even close to going through.  Why waste my time with this people?

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 4:48 pm

Um - is there a point to this parody?

It does not appear, Royce, that you have any new information to add to this rumor. What you do offer is a diss of Portland players which indicates your undervaluing and perhaps ignorance of the respective  PERs and the reality of the buyers' market for superstars being traded - they never fetch fair value.

Brandon Roy alone would be equivalent to Chris Paul. Not going to happen. Greg Oden is either bust or star and until he proves durable is not going to be a chip in the trade game. Nicolas Batum is also untouchable in Portland. This young player is far more valuable to Portland than elsewhere as he is a more athletic Bruce Bowen type - a defender with an offensive game. Devin Harris, Jerryd Bayless and another young star along with a first round draft pick would also offer a good value to New Orleans. They are going to have to trade Paul soon or lose any value at all. He is already realizing that the promises made this summer to return to conference contenders has no possibilty of acheivement in the next few years. NO needs to begin rebuilding now as does Denver. Take the young assets and draft picks and start afresh while you can. New Jersey and Portland represent solid destinations for these two players as both want to win and 'Melo wants to win in New York while Portland has a wealth of young assets to trade. Bayless is a dynamic scorer at the rim and Harris is a very solid point guard who can step in immediately and run the team.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2010 12:12 pm

Portland tried to land Chris Paul in super trade

If anyone handed in an assignment this late they would surely receive a failing grade.  This story would have barely been news when the negotiating was going  I'd rather read about how the local high school football teams are doing....there is news out there about some research and find some then write about it!!!!!

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