If I was the GM of the Denver Nuggets I’d be crying right now. Crying because my franchise player wants out, because he’s the main selling point for my marketing department, because their seems to be no way to make him happy at this altitude.
But I wouldn’t cry for long.
Once the tears dried I’d be picking up the nearest phone and send his sorry butt to LA… and not the good side of the Staples Center, but the terrible one with the racist owner.
Anthony at $17,149,243 matches up well with Griffin and Kaman at $17,157,280, toss in a couple of unprotected first round picks and you’ve got yourself a trade.
The benefits for Denver are…
– Kaman is a low level All Star and allows the Nuggets to move Nene who can’t seem to stay on the floor.
– Griffin, even with his history of injury, can be a solid contributor and more importantly can be sold to the fan base as a future All Star with franchise potential.
– With Griffin and Billups running the pick and roll and running up the score for Denver, the Nuggets would be free to move J.R. Smith for whatever 3 point threat they can get… perhaps Jason Kapono who’s $6,641,440 matches close enough with J.R.’s $6,757,851.
– Griffin and Kaman also allow Denver to move Martin out of town for whatever they can get… maybe a beach chair and some umbrellas.
– The satisfaction of seeing Melo suit up with one of the worst franchises in NBA history and knowing that you don’t need his approval to make it happen. Just knowing that he’s miserable, even if it only lasts one season, would turn my frown upside down.
So why would the Clippers agree to rent Anthony in exchange for an All Star center and an up and coming Power Forward…
– First and foremost, because they’re the Clippers and they often make bad decisions.
– Second, if it “accidentally” got leaked to the press that LA had the opportunity to land a proven franchise player for an untested, knee problem and a fruit basket, post player… and they didn’t take it. Well that might just make the 9 Clippers fans that are still in existence a little angry.
– The team they’d have really wouldn’t be that much worse then what they have now. The Clippers would have an energized Baron Davis, something the league hasn’t seen for years, and Carmelo on the break… with Ryan Gomes, Brian Cook, and fill-in scrubs TBA.
– Renting Anthony, even just for a year, is better for the Clippers bottom line then 10 years of Griffin and Kaman barely making the 9th spot and missing the playoff’s. The buzz that this would create is priceless!
– Giving up first round picks would be tough for LA, but if they traded them for Denver’s second rounders… maybe they might accidentally stumble on to someone like Manu… stranger things have happened.
Now TheLongTalk is willing to admit that this trade will never happen. Denver could never apply enough spin to this move to make it’s fans happy and LA can’t realistically cut the cord on Griffin without at least a half season of play.
But wouldn’t it be nice to see a year of Anthony’s championship window wasted on the Clippers? To see his heavy handed power play blow up in his face? To see Carmelo Anthony… the Bird to Lebron’s Magic, the person that was going to go blow-for-blow with The King for years to come and usher in a new era of NBA prosperity… in a Clippers uniform?
With a bit to much schadenfreude,
P.S. The Lakers should try to pick up Dampier for cheap.