Could Melo be Houston-bound?

Arron Afflalo and Nene have given the Nuggets some hope this season.

Back in September we looked into if the Houston Rockets had the assets to get Carmelo Anthony and while it seemed very unlikely at the time, a lot has changed in the previous four months.

For one, is the emergence of the Rockets’ shooting guard Kevin Martin. After three injury-proned seasons, K-Mart Jr. has been nearly unstoppable for the underachieving Rockets. In 33 games, Martin has averaged 23 points while shooting .447 from the field, .426 behind the arc and .896 charity stripe.

He has been the lone bright spot for the Rockets this season, which have seen their franchise player go down with yet another injury and has come out of the gates slow to start the season (losing 12 of their first 14 games).

Right now the only downfall to Martin’s game is his defense, but offensively he has been a mix between Reggie Miller and Rip Hamilton. And while he is a favorite of Rockets’ coach Rick Adelman (who also drafted the seventh-year guard out of Western Kentucky), there is no doubt Adelman would rather build his team around Anthony than Martin and it would be tough to see the offensive gurus (who are also defensive liabilities) being successful together.

Also the emergence of Nuggets’ Arron Afflalo and Nene have shown the Nuggets can still be competitive without Anthony. Neither have shown they can be go-to scorers, but both have proven to be complimentary players.

Martin alone won’t get a deal done, but he could be the center piece for the Nuggets (who would prefer not to rebuild). A deal built around Martin, Shane Battier and rookie Patrick Patterson could be enticing for Denver, but it would more than likely mean the Nuggets wouldn’t get draft picks in return. However, if the team would attach JR Smith in the trade they might be able pry a draft pick away from Houston.

While it is a long shot, but the Nuggets runs into a jam they could turn to the Rockets.

Topics: Arron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, JR Smith, Kevin Martin, Nene, Patrick Patterson, Rick Adelman, Shane Battier

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  • Zach

    I do not think that Melo is Houston bound. I am like 70% sure that we will trade him. The 30% is hoping that he takes a page from Tulo and Cargos book and stays in Denver. Tonights game will be good, I am working at DISH but will have it on (Channel 410) with a nice HD picture.

  • madness

    I agree, but I think Melo has a different agenda than Tulo or CarGo.
    The Houston’s trade, is rather enticing for me because the Nuggets would land a border-line star (K-Mart), a solid veteran with expiring contract (Battier), a young prospect (Patterson) and a draft pick. Everything that they are asking for. Doubt they will be better after the trade, but definitely enticing.