The Denver Nuggets are reportedly in talks with the New Jersey Nets that includes one of the premiere players in the league. The rumored deal is that Denver will send Carmelo Anthony and Marcus Camby to the New Jersey for Richard Jefferson, Marcus Williams, and the soul of retired* Keith Van Horn. How does this all fit, and what is Denver getting themselves into. They Nets have the #10 pick in the upcoming draft while the Nuggets sit at #20. Early speculations said the deal may have been a lot different had the Nets landed a Top 5 pick. Looking at this there are a couple key things to keep in mind: First look at the stats.
Carmelo Anthony: SF Age 23
2008: 36.4 Min, 49% FG, 35% 3PT, 78% FT, 7.4 Rebounds, 3.4 Asts, 25.7 PTS
Marcus Camby: C Age 34
2008: 34.9 Min, 45% FG, 70.8% FT, 13.1 Rebounds, 3.6 BLKS, 3 Asts, 9.1 PTS
Richard Jefferson: SF Age 27
2008: 39.0 Min, 46.6%FG, 79.8% FT, 4.2 Rebounds, 3.1 Asts, 22.6 PTS
Marcus Williams: PG Age 22
2008: 16.2 Min, 37.9% FG, 78.7% FT, 1.9 Rebounds, 2.6 Asts, 5.9 PTS
Take those for what you will. The obvious is that everyone realizes that Carmelo Anthony is a superstar, but he is also a very young superstar. It is not a ridiculous argument that he could be considered in the Top 10 or 15 players in the NBA right now. I have love for Wildcat Jefferson, and he is a guy I would love to have on my team, but it is all about how they are going to fit into the squad. As far as Williams and Camby are concerned you are trading an aging Center for a young and inexperienced back up point guard. Granted the Nuggets won 50 games this year, which apparently is not good enough these days in the West, but there has always been the tension of two superstars on a single team. I feel as though Jefferson will fit in well with Allen Iverson, and would make up for the scoring that you would be missing without Melo there. On the other side of the trade you are sending Melo to another two superstar situation where Vince Carter does not have the track record of sharing the spotlight. We all know he tanked games to get out of Toronto/ Add a player like Carmelo who in my opinion has a similar ego/attitude and I think that could cause some huge problems for the Nets. Now I may be way off here, but let me know who you think is getting the better end of this deal if it goes through?