Obviously, this is a New Jersey Nets blog, however, the NAS crew absolutely love the NBA in general. So, every week, Sebastian, Mark, Devin, and myself will answer questions regarding the L.
1) The rumor goes that Carmelo Anthony won't sign the $65 million extension offer from the Denver Nuggets and become an unrestricted free agent next year. Of the rumored teams and teams that will have cap space, which is the best fit for Melo?
Sebastian: I am going to be biased here and say the Nets. The Nuggets just aren't going to give Carmelo away for expiring contracts like Eddy Curry (despite what Knicks fans will try to tell you). The Nets have the most tradeable young talent, and I can see the Nets sending over Devin Harris, Terrence Williams, and picks for Carmelo. This gives the Nets a real solid front court in Brook Lopez, Derrick Favors, and Carmelo Anthony. Not too shabby.
Mark: I'm going to let the NYC media influence me and say either the Knicks or the Nets. Unless Pat Riley found a way to create more cap room for talent in South Beach, both NY-area teams will have the cash on hand to make a big push for 'Melo and as Brooklyn native, I can see him being sold on either franchise. That's why I think it's important for the Nets to become a functional franchise this season because as we learned this past summer, the all-stars aren't just looking for money... they want a good shot of winning it all.
Devin: I'd love to see him on the Nets, obviously, but I doubt he comes to Newark. Personally, I think it's between New York and Denver. He's spent his entire career there and he doesn't seem like the kind of guy to just skip town like that, but if he was going anywhere it would be to the Garden with Amare and potentially Chris Paul.
DV: If the Denver Nuggets go the trade route, I'd say the New Jersey Nets because they'll probably want Melo out of the conference and the Nets have some solid supply to meet the Nuggets' demand. If it's a free agency situation, the Knicks because they'll have the money after Eddy Curry comes off the books. With the Knicks, Melo would get to play in a high-scoring offense again and have a high-caliber (albeit with an injury history) big man in Amare Stoudemire and a very good point guard in Raymond Felton. Melo would fit right in.... MORE →