Chauncey Billups has said he would want to bought-out if he was traded.

And the MeloDrama Continues


Is Melo-era nearing end.

What seemed nearly impossible seven months ago has gradually grown into a dark cloud over the Denver Nuggets team, as Carmelo Anthony’s final days seem to be numbered in Denver.

As once again the MeloDrama has legs and it is turning ugly and deadly as fans witnessed Sunday night when the Nuggets  lost to the New Orleans Hornets for their third straight loss.

The original trade that was being discussed in late September (and was rumored close), had the Nuggets dealing Anthony to the New Jersey Nets in a four-way trade centered around Devin Harris going to the Charlotte Bobcats, Boris Diaw going to the Utah Jazz and Andrei Kirilenko and Derrick Favors going to Denver.

Now the rumored deal has grown to 13 players and three teams (Denver, New Jersey and the Detroit Pistons), with Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton added into the discussion – Billups has stated he would want a buyout if dealt. But the deal seems to be held up by the Nuggets once again as Anthony’s agent Leon Rose was pushing for the deal to be done.  The trade would look like this:

DENVER

TRADE: Anthony, Billups, Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams
RECEIVE: Derrick Favors, Stephen Graham, Harris, Anthony Morrow, Quinton Ross and Ben Uzoh, 2 first round picks

WHAT WORKS FOR DENVER: First of all, the Nuggets finally get themselves out from under the MeloDrama and the franchise jump starts the rebuilding process for the franchise with a young big in Favors as well as some future picks. They also add a former All-Star point guard (Harris) and a sharpshooter in Morrow, who has a very reasonable contract. The Nuggets would also save nearly $10 million and if rumors are true and Billups gets his buyout, he will return to Denver to finish his career.

WHAT DOESN’T WORK FOR DENVER: The Nuggets would lose the best player in franchise history and will more than likely take a shot in the win-loss column and  miss the playoffs for the first time in seven years. They also lose their leader (Billups), who is also the hometown hero.
The Nuggets team would be in disarray, they would have two quality point guards (Harris and Lawson), who each lack range on their jumper. They would have four players on its roster (Morrow, Udoz, Arron Afflalo and JR Smith) who will lineup at shooting guard and also could battle for minutes at small forward as well. Gary Forbes and Graham would be the only true small forward on the roster. The Nuggets would have to decide what to do at power forward, whether to give Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington minutes over Favors or start the rebuilding process early. The only position that probably wouldn’t be affected would be center, where Nene and Chris Andersen minutes would more than likely remain the same. Unless more trades are in the future it would a tough team to watch this season, but small price to pay for the stability of the team’s future. It also would probably mean the end of the George Karl-era (and potentially mean Mike Brown is the future coach of the Nuggets).

PROJECTED LINEUP:
C-Nene/Andersen/Favors
PF-K-Mart/Al/Favors/Renaldo Balkman
SF-AAA/JR/Forbes/Graham
SG-Morrow/JR/Ross/Udoz
PG-Harris/Lawson (Billups too if he returns after the buyout)

Rip Hamilton would join Anthony in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY

TRADE: Favors, Graham, Harris, Morrow, Troy Murphy, Johan Petro, Ross and Uzoh
RECEIVE: Anthony, Billups, Carter, Hamilton and Williams

WHAT WORKS FOR NEW JERSEY: They add a top-10 player and arguably the best scorers in the League and also a group of players that know how to win in the League. Anthony would push the Nets into the playoff talks and would thrive with a big man like Brook Lopez. Hamilton wouldn’t be a bad sidekick. While he is 32,  he still is a good midrange shooter and solid defender. He is also one of two players currently the NBA that has one at the college (1999 with Connecticut and was also the Outstanding player) and at the professional level (Detroit in 2004). And if Billups decides to join the Nets, they could be a dangerous team in the playoffs. While the Nets are probably a ways from being at the Heat or Celtics level, adding Anthony would help the squad potentially land Deron Williams or Chris Paul in the future.

WHAT DOESN’T WORK FOR NEW JERSEY: It doesn’t make much sense for the Nets to make the deal if Billups doesn’t come. They also would lack an ideal starter at point guard and would be forced to start Farmar. And if Billups does come it doesn’t seem like the right fit to surround Anthony around two elder statesman. And Hamilton’s contract (to go along with Travis Outlaw’s contract) would hurt the Nets chances of landing Paul or Williams. They also would be down to 10 players, two less than what teams usually carry for each game. But again small price to pay to land one of the best players in the League.

PROJECTED LINEUP:
C-Lopez/Williams
PF-Humphries/Outlaw
SF-Anthony/James
SG-Hamilton/Sasha
PG-(Billups)/Farmar/AC

DETROIT

TRADE: Hamilton
RECEIVE: Murphy and Petro

WHAT WORKS FOR DETROIT: They get themselves out from under Hamilton’s contract and get a double-double player in return in Murphy and a young center in Petro.

WHAT DOESN’T WORK FOR DETROIT: While the Pistons will miss Hamilton’s scoring, the only downfall for the Pistons is bringing on Petro’s contract. But Petro’s contract isn’t really that bad.

PROJECTED LINEUP:
C-Ben Wallace/Petro/Greg Monroe/Chris Wilcox
PF-Murphy/Charlie Villanueva/Jonas Jerebko/Jason Maxiell
SF-Tayshaun Prince/Austin Daye/Dajuan Summers*
SG-Tracy McGrady/Ben Gordon
PG-Rodney Stuckey/Will Bynum/Terrico White*

*-may be in trade

Tags: Anthony Carter Anthony Morrow Arron Afflalo Ben Uzoh Carmelo Anthony Chauncey Billups Chris Andersen Chris Paul Denver Nuggets Deron Williams Derrick Favors Detroit Pistons Devin Harris George Karl Johan Petro JR Smith Mike Brown Nene New Jersey Nets Quinton Ross Richard Hamilton Shelden Williams Stephen Graham Troy Murphy

  • James Bruno

    There is zero percent chance the Nets actually buy out Billups contract even if Chauncey demands it. He has no leverage other than retiring and he wont do that while he can still play at a high level and is owed 30 Million. Buying Billups out defeats the purpose of Melo to Nets trade as it has reported he wants a good veteran PG in order to sign an extension. Jordan Farmar is not that and the Nets aren’t handing over the reins to him him and Ben Uzoh. Yuck!

  • Zach

    Agree with James, it would be sweet if they did buy out his contact but why would they then they are just going to get Melo. All I know is I hope this gets over soon, I was at the game last night and everyone was booing Melo. I have my TV Everywhere APP from DISH Network set to NBA TV today just in case it does go down today. Thanks to the snow I couldn’t get here to DISH soon enough to grab the remote for the TV, but I won’t miss a thing with the TV Everywhere app.

  • madness

    I wouldn’t say zero percent chance, but there is a likelihood they do. Especially if he doesn’t want to play for them, and that is what baffles me – why push to trade for a player that doesn’t want to play for your team? It doesn’t make sense.
    Another thing that doesn’t make sense, now, is the Nuggets dealing Harris – that would leave the team with just one PG. And it also doesn’t make sense for the Nuggets to keep K-Mart and JR. If you trade Melo, you better trade JR and buyout K-Mart. And if they buyout K-Mart maybe he might go help the Nets, which makes sense to me.

  • nikeguyy12

    just trade him 2 the lakers for andrew bynum sum draft picks and ron artest.