Sources close to the Denver Nuggets say the team is in serious trade talks that would ship 26-year old Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets for first-round draft pick Derrick Favors.
Let's take a look and see how the trade would affect the Nets
Good: Obviously, 'Melo brings a dimension that New Jersey has been missing since Carter left for Orlando two years ago. His youth is a major plus, and he is truly a five tool player--when he wants to be. He has an uncanny ability to put the ball in the hoop from the perimeter or down on the low block and can be the go-to-guy that the Nets need down the stretch. His defense can be a little questionable but if Avery Johnson can convince him to play in all aspects of the game, he, Devin Harris and Brook Lopez have the oppurtunity to be one of the best threesomes across the league.
Bad: I'm really not a fan of trading Derrick Favors. He has a lot of potential and the Nets haven't had a sure power forward since Kenyon Martin left six years ago. Also, with Anthony's desire to play in New York looming, that is something that could affect his attitude for having to play in Newark for two years before the currently-named Nets move to Brooklyn. He has been known to become unhappy on a team that isa championship-caliber, and right now, this team is in the middle of the rebuilding stage.
Ruling: This really is a toss-up, and it looks like Anthony has a real chance of ending up in New Jersey in a sign-and-trade deal, but I'm going to say this isn't the right move for the Nets. Although it will satisfy fans needs and bring attendance up (hopefully), I'm standing by my statement yesterday that the Nets will be a better team if they hold on to Favors and let this team rebuild itself. The pieces are there, it will only take time for them to puzzle together.