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It’s been all over ESPN and we still have no idea what’s going to happen. What will the decision be? What team will he be playing for? No, were not talking about Lebron anymore, now its Carmelo Anthony. With the trade deadline approaching, many teams are trying to shift around players and make a run in the playoffs. All trade talks outside of Carmelo Anthony seem irrelevant at this point. However, the question still remains. What uniform will Melo be wearing at the end of the year?
Up until a few days ago, the trade rumors seemed final. Carmelo was going to be involved in a three-team trade which would land him as the newest member of the New York Knicks. The Knicks were going to send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota and the Timberwolves would send Corey Brewer and a first round draft pick to Denver. Denver would also receive Wilson Chandler from the Knicks. Putting Carmelo alongside Amare Stoudamire and Raymond Felton sounded like a favorable mix for the Knicks, but now there are other options.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard the Los Angeles Lakers have now reached out and shown interest in the Denver Nuggets star. The trade would be a straight up deal sending Andrew Bynum to Denver and Carmelo to the Lakers. This trade has brought up a lot of controversy. Would the Lakers really be willing to give up one of their best big men who they have spent incredible amounts of time and money on? Bynum is only 23 years old and has potential to be the building block of L.A after Kobe Bryant retires. Why would the Lakers try to change a team that has won back to back NBA finals? But then again, how deadly would it be to have two of the league’s top 10 scorers on the court at the same time?
The Lakers have also shown interest in Charlotte Bobcats small forward Gerald Wallace. Wallace is one of the top players on the Bobcats and puts up 15 points and 8 rebounds a night. Rumor has it that this trade would send Ron Artest to the Bobcats in return for Wallace. This would mean the Lakers new starting lineup would consist of Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Gerald Wallace (or Lamar Odom), and Paul Gasol. Those players have potential to make a great team but it is also possible that it’s too late for them to mesh. We saw how difficult it was for the Miami Heat to play together with Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh all on the court at once. Could this same issue arise if these trades do in fact occur?
After watching the 2010 NBA finals it was clear why the Celtics couldn’t hang with the Lakers. This reason was simple: rebounds. The Celtics desperately needed Kendrick Perkins in Game 7 because they were dominated in the paint and did not put a body on the Lakers big men. The Lakers out rebounded the Celtics 53-40 in the game and dominated them on the offensive glass 23-8. Paul Gasol and Kobe Bryant combined for 32 rebounds themselves. The Celtics decided to fix this issue in the offseason by signing Shaquille O’neal and Jermaine O’neal. Boston now has plenty of big men and can compete with the Lakers big men. So what happens if the Lakers do in fact get rid of one of them? Will the tides turn and the Celtics dominate the paint? Will the combination of Carmelo and Kobe be too much?
Boston has built up one of the best defenses in the league. If this trade follows through the Celtics will in fact meet the Lakers yet again in the NBA finals, but this time, Boston will prevail. The additions of Jermaine O’Neal and Shaq, alongside Kevin Garnett, Perkins, and Glen Davis (assuming all are healthy) will be to much to handle for the Lakers.
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