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Top 3 Teams in Play for Carmelo Anthony

Despite the fact that the New York Knicks “were” the favorable destination for 2011’s top free agent in Carmelo Anthony it looks as though the Nuggets aren’t interested in becoming trading partners. As Sam Amico reported via Twitter this past Saturday the Nuggets will try to trade Carmelo to three teams: Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, and the New Jersey Nets.

Which team will I pick?

There’s no doubt in my mind that Melo will in fact be traded before this year’s trade deadline. For one Carmelo has pretty much painted a clear picture to the Nuggets organization that he doesn’t have much interest in signing an extension. For two Carmelo continuously speaks to the media discussing his future plans in which he recently just expressed his interest in possibly joining the Houston Rockets.

But the third and final reason has to deal with the team that currently holds the rights to their franchise player, the Denver Nuggets.  Don’t forget they have their own agenda, their own goals, their own future to look forward too, as does Anthony. I can assure you the Denver Nuggets will take notes and examine what just happened to Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers with “The Decision”. There’s no way Anthony will depart from Denver without the Nuggets receiving some valuable compensation.

While Anthony may in fact have his own preferences of teams, the Nuggets also have their own. In which case brings up a very interesting story to follow: How will the Nuggets successfully pull off a blockbuster trade to their liking?

It begins with narrowing down the teams you’re interested in doing business with and they’ve already established that in the Timberwolves, Kings, and Nets. It’s been noted all offseason long that the Denver Nuggets have been out searching for a young power forward to replace their current aging and overpaid power forwards in Nene Hilario and Kenyon Martin. Each of the three teams mentioned as Denver’s favorite trading partners can offer the ideal young power forward the Nuggets have been searching for.

Love could be the piece to bring Melo to Minny.

In Minnesota it’s Kevin Love, a young post man currently a member of the young Team USA team participating in Turkey. Love’s a player who has expressed mixed emotions upon being a member of the Timberwolves. Most recently told reporters at Team USA camp that he felt “unappreciated” by the Timberwolves organization.

Meanwhile in Sacramento, the Kings have put themselves in a great position to be attractive trading partners by having successful draft nights the past few years. They have an oversized load of young post players that show tons of potential. With the variety of different big men they’re able to offer, there’s no question they’ve got the best chance of landing Carmelo Anthony.

In New Jersey, it comes down to the vision and decision-making of new owner Mikhail Prokhorov. After Prokhorov struck out on reeling in a big name star in this year’s historic free agency, he may become impatient, and make an over-the-top offer for Anthony’s services. If he does that I can promise you he’ll be doing the Nuggets some favors (pun intended).

So let’s review each of the Nuggets’ preferred trading partners and evaluate the talent they’re willing to offer in return for Denver’s superstar. It’s important to consider that it’s not likely ANY of these trades go down without Carmelo accepting a rarely used (in mid-season) what’s called an extend-and-trade.

Each of the three teams listed will want assurance that they’re not trading young big man for a “rent-a-player”. In most trade circumstances, the NBA is not like Major League Baseball where you give away a top prospect in exchange for a star you’re unlikely to resign (cough…Brewers…cough). With that in mind, Anthony will basically have an artificial no trade clause. So in the end, can the Nuggets REALLY pull a trade off with one of the following teams? Let’s examine:

Minnesota Timberwolves: While Sacramento is clearly the favorite for Carmelo Anthony in terms of the Nuggets’ preferences, let’s not forget that for Wolves GM David Kahn it may not be tough throwing him into a deal. With the additions of Anthony Tolliver, Michael Beasley, and Darko Milicic this offseason, it’s likely Love won’t even be returning next season. The Timberwolves can offer a below average package for Anthony most likely sending Kevin Love, Corey Brewer, and probably a future first round pick that can be sweetened if Kahn makes it not lottery protected.

Favors could be the big man to bring New Jersey a big piece.

New Jersey Nets: As mentioned above, if Prokhorov does get desperate, the Nets may have a nice shot at landing Melo. Not only can they off a variety of young pieces, but New Jersey is a place that Carmelo may have interest in signing and staying long term. While the Russian man may gamble & goes all in with his young talented chips, the question that arises is if Denver is willing to gamble as well. The Nets have already come out and said they’re not willing to add Brook Lopez into any kind of deal for Anthony. So even if it sounds outrageous the Nuggets would have to acquire Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Terrence Williams, and maybe more. If a deal anywhere close to this nature, consider it a done deal, and it could be realistic “IF” (a big “if”) Carmelo agrees to do a extend and trade scenario.

Cousins is one guy who will not be included in any deal for Melo.

Sacramento Kings: Much like the Nets, the Kings also have a ton of potential pieces. But make no mistake, the Kings may be able to offer more variety of bigs, but there’s no way they’ll be willing to include DeMarcus Cousins in any trade talk. It’s clear newly acquired Samuel Dalembert will play a big role along with Jason Thompson, Donte Greene, Carl Landry, Omri Casspi and Hassan Whiteside being potential guys sent in the proposal. The Kings would love the idea of a Tyreke-Melo-Cousins trio heading towards the future. And the Nuggets may have enough interest in Dalembert’s huge expiring contract , along with Carl Landry’s. Also, don’t rule out Omri Casspi and Kings rookie Hassan Whiteside. Casspi can fill the starting small forward position and Whiteside is a young Marcus Camby in the making (Camby won 2007 Defensive Player of the Year with Denver).

This is obviously all speculation and nobody knows what may happen this upcoming season in the high country. But I’m willing to bet NOTHING HAPPENS until at least December 15th which other newly signed free agents become available for trade. That gives plenty of other teams possibilities to get involved and who knows, maybe even the Nuggets’ preferred three teams will get together to and work out a three team trade of some sort.

Until then, take this situation for what it’s worth, embrace the hype, the hoopla, and the rumors.

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Ross Geiger’s 2010-2011 All-Rookie First Team

Wall will be well rounded on the nightly stat sheet

PG: John Wall, Washington Wizards

Believe it or not, as good as John Wall is, his numbers will suffer much like the “Miami Heat syndrome”. With both Kirk Hinrich and Gilbert Arenas on board, his numbers across the board may suffer but that’s perfectly okay. Having two solid, veteran guards around the top pick will help develop his overall game and they should help relieve some of the pressure.

’10-’11 Projections: 17.5 ppg, 5 apg, 4 rpg

Could earn a opening night starting nod

SG: Paul George, Indiana Pacers

After watching the Pacers play in Orlando Summer League, I got to say I thought Lance Stephenson would start, but since then a variety of different things took place. The Pacers acquired Darren Collision, Brandon Rush was suspended 5 games, and the biggest issue was of course Stephenson getting in trouble with the law. After digesting all that took place in the course of just one month, it looks as though Paul George will have a nice opportunity to earn the starting shooting guard spot to start off the season. If George does in fact beat out Dahntay Jones for the starting role, expect to see George put up a fairly decent line. The biggest concern with George is retaining some consistency game-to-game he struggled to keep his shooting touch throughout Summer League, but that’s common among many rookies. If he does in fact earn a 1st Team honor at the end of the season, his numbers won’t overly impress you but his value to his team’s success could play a big factor if the Pacers make noise next season.

’10-’11 Projections: 9.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.5 apg

Wolves must make room for Johnson to join the starting lineup

SF: Wesley Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves

Even with the offseason addition of Martell Webster and Michael Beasley, the Wolves will find time for their top pick in Wesley Johnson. Say so long and farewall to former Wolves lotto-pick Corey Brewer, he’ll remain on the trading block until someone bites. Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t be surprised if David Kahn ends up packaging Kevin Love along with Brewer. Earlier this summer Love told the media he didn’t feel appreciated in Minnesota and he may continue to feel that way if Beasley turns his career around with the Timberwolves. Look for Kurt Rambis to move Beasley to the power forward position, allowing Johnson to operate in the starting small forward role.

’10-’11 Projections: 11.5 pgg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 apg

Monroe will shine in Detroit, could be the overall team difference maker

PF: Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons

Quite possibly my pick for the 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year, Why? There’s no doubt Greg Monroe will be in the Pistons’ starting five next season. Preferably at the power forward spot, but with Charlie Villanueva on board, it may force Monroe to move to the center. But nonetheless, Monroe was very impressive in Las Vegas Summer League and looks to be a NBA-ready force that can make big contributions during his rookie season. If Monroe can live up to my words, the Pistons might not be so bad after all.

’10-’11 Projections: 14.5 ppg, 7 rpg, 4.5 apg

Cousins will answer all questions on the floor, no need to ask him any

C: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

Although the Kings frontcourt is filled with talent, DeMarcus Cousins is the cream of the crop. His size, strength, talent, and potential are unmatched in the post. Much like Tyreke Evans, Cousins should find success as the newest member of the Sacramento Kings. Definitely will be in the Rookie of the Year discussion at the end of the season.

’10-’11 Projections: 16 ppg, 6 rpg, 1 apg

This is Part 3 of Ross Geiger’s 7-part Blog Series covering the NBA’s most prominent young players. Be sure to be on the lookout for Part 2 that’s coming soon! In the mean time, follow Ross Geiger on Twitter: @RossGeiger.

David Kahn’s Ultimate Plan

Here at the OuttaTownClowns, we’re always try to do a variety of things within our posts. We like to provide our readers with professional content, expert opinion, and while doing so we try doing so while also making our posts fun. This post on David Kahn’s Ultimate Plan presents none of that, but the fun part.

Derrick Rose as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Courtesy of @NBA_Photos on Twitter.

With the help of @NBA_Photos on Twitter, the OuttaTownClowns might’ve just cracked the case on why David Kahn loves having 4 to 5 point guards in his possession at all times. Our guess is that maybe, just maybe David Kahn’s mind works much like a typical Fantasy Basketball participant’s mind may function.

As of press time David Kahn owns the rights to 4 point guards (Warning: number of point guards may have already increased) with Ricky Rubio, Jonny Flynn, Sebastian Telfair, and Delonte West. Factoring in @NBA_Photos picture of Derrick Rose in a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey, one’s got to assume, Kahn may attempt to one of those all-so-famous Fantasy Basketball moves, trading 3 point guards for 1 in return. So here’s the proposed deal to Chicago: Minnesota trades the rights to Ricky Rubio, Jonny Flynn, and Delonte West in exchange for Chicago’s own Derrick Rose.

While there’s a greater chance Darko Milicic becomes the league’s Most Valuable Player next season, we thought we’d help try to defend the “David Kahn State of Mind.”

From LeBron to…..Ramon?

By: Ross Geiger

It was reported at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and now it’s confirmed, the Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in two Minnesota Timberwolves players that are being shopped this offseason. While big man Kosta Koufos is one of the Cavs targets, the most notable is point guard Ramon Sessions.

You know... if you add 1 to LeBron's current number, took off 5 inches and about 80 pounds... Screw it, I can't even sugarcoat it for Cleveland. Ramon is not LeBron.

The former 56th pick of the 2007 NBA Draft turned heads his rookie season after being called up later on into the 2007-2008 NBA season. Against the Chicago Bulls on April 14, 2008 Sessions made franchise history with the Bucks scoring 20 points, dropping 24 dimes, and even snatched 8 rebounds.  His incredible night not only became the first “20-20” with points and assists in Bucks history but Sessions also set (and still holds) the rookie assists record for one game with 24.

In his second NBA season, Sessions looked to build upon his successful rookie season and took over the reigns as the starting point guard in Milwaukee after Mo Williams was traded to Cleveland. The highlight of Sessions’ second year came on February 7, 2009 as he put up 44 points against Allen Iverson and the Detroit Pistons in an overtime loss at home. Another notable game was against the Los Angeles Lakers in which Sessions recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Becoming a restricted free agent after the 2008-2009 NBA season, Sessions signed an offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves on 4 year, $16 million dollar deal. The Milwaukee Bucks declined to match the offer and Sessions officially became a member of the Timberwolves. Little did Sessions know, the Timberwolves would draft three point guards in last year’s upcoming draft in Ricky Rubio, Jonny Flynn, and Ty Lawson. Though Timberwolves General Manager David Kahn did trade away Ty Lawson, he held onto Jonny Flynn and the draft rights to Ricky Rubio.

Instantly it was clear that it would be hard for Ramon Sessions to be a piece of the Timberwolves’ future going forward. Fortunately for both Ramon

"I Heart PGs." -- David Kahn

Sessions and the Minnesota Timberwolves it looks as though his time in Minnesota is coming to end shortly. Not only did the Timberwolves sign free agent (and Sessions’ former backcourt partner in Milwaukee) Luke Ridnour but it looks as though the Wolves might have found a trading partner in the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As far potential trades go, I have no clue what could be included in a package deal between the two teams. One would have to assume if the Cavaliers acquire Ramon Sessions that could mean Mo Williams could also be moved soon as well. One deal that works and makes sense in my opinion is Minnesota sending Ramon Sessions and Corey Brewer to Cleveland in exchange for Anderson Varejao.

For the Cavs, adding Sessions gives them a young point guard to run with that also allows them to begin their trading options with Mo Williams and what they possibly could receive in return for his services. As far as Corey Brewer goes, he’s an expiring contract who would be given a opportunity to play that small forward position with the Cavs next season.

He was from Ohio, so I guess that is a valid reason to want him? Just kidding.

For the Timberwolves, they add Anderson Varejao, a high energy power forward who can help fill the hole with Al Jefferson leaving via trade with Utah. Being able to start Kevin Love and having the luxury to turn to Varejao off the bench gives Timberwolves Head Coach Kurt Rambis options next season.

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