MELO DRAMA

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/13/11 11:01 am EST

It’s a sound business strategy, whenever there’s a big swapping of assets on the horizon, to find a way to interject yourself into of the proceedings, act a as sort of middle man, and feast on the scraps.

(I don’t know anything about business.  I think I saw this in a magazine.)

The Nets, Nuggets and Pistons have such a deal on the horizon.  As has been widely reported, this deal has been agreed to in principle by all three teams and the only thing holding it up is Melo’s refusal to agree to an extension with the Nets.  While the Knicks remain his top choice (a combination of proximity to his wife, Lala Vasquez’s, career and the possibility of forming his own big three with Stoudamire and Paul are reportedly the draw of Gotham) the Nets can clearly offer the Nuggets a better deal, and once management emphasizes to Melo that its NJ or nowhere (unless the Knicks make an incredible final offer, but what do they have though that matches Favors?) he will, I imagine, take the money and the first plane to Jersey rather than sign his extension under the new, and less generous, CBA.  Long story short, we’re assuming the Nets deal, in some form, is a go.

But before the paperwork on this deal hits the League offices, it’s worth considering ways the Sixers can elbow their way in. 

 

As it stand now here is the 3-team deal that would send Melo to the NJN:

Nuggets Acquire Pistons Acquire Nets Acquire
Derrick Favors Troy Murphy Carmelo Anthony
Devin Harris Johan Petro Chauncey Billups
Anthony Morrow 2nd rd pick (Nets) Rip Hamilton
Quinton Ross    
Ben Uzoh    
Stephen Grahm    
(2) 1st round pick    

 

Whether the trade pans out for the Nets and Nuggets will be left to the history books to decide, but it’s clear from the jump that this is a great deal for the Pistons.  Not only did Dumars belatedly devise a way to get Melo, Chauncey and Rip together (albeit for a different team, sorry Detroit.  Hey, at least Darko’s having an All-Star caliber season –oh wait, that’s also for a different team.  Well, you’ve still got…the Lions.  Hmm.  Well, sports might not be your forte, but there are plenty of more important things, like job security.  You still live in at the epicenter of the American auto industry, where there are always sure to be plenty of well-paying union jobs.  I never watch the news, buts that’s still true, right?) he dumped the 32-and-fading-fast Rip Hamilton’s albatross of a contract and picked up Troy Murphy in the bargain.

Troy Murphy, you say, he sucks.  Well, while it’s true that Troy Murphy sort of sucks right now, it’s also true that in the recent past (like every other season of his career) he hasn’t sucked and is thus likely, given his age, to return to pre-suck form (You know Kevin Love?  You know how everybody is losing their shit over Kevin Love because he’s leading the League in rebounding and shooting 44% from three?  In 2008-09 Troy Murphy averaged 11.8 rebounds a game and shot 45% from three.  So he’s, you know, pretty good).  And even a return to form doesn’t happen, HE’S ON AN EXPIRING DEAL!

Even if he absolutely blows for the rest of the year, the Pistons can sign him to a bargain basement deal (with a not-infintesimal possibility of eventually getting great production) or just let him walk and enjoy a 20% clearance in payroll.

Anyway, here’s how the Sixers can worm their way into this one…

Nuggets Acquire Pistons Acquire Nets Acquire Sixers Acquire
Derrick Favors Troy Murphy Carmelo Anthony Nene Hilario
Devin Harris Johan Petro Chauncey Billups Kenyon Martin
Anthony Morrow 2nd rd pick (Nets) Rip Hamilton  
Quinton Ross      
Ben Uzoh      
Stephen Grahm      
(2) 1st round pick      
Elton Brand      
Andre Iguodala      

 

And abracadabra, the 7-6 dump their two biggest deals (one bad, but looking better, one good, but looking worse) and acquire in return a productive, defensively oriented center on the right side of 30 and an expiring deal.  Consider the house cleaned.

The Nuggets on the other hand, get, in Iguodala, a guy they’ve reportedly coveted who can, along with Derrick Favors, act as the new co-face of their franchise, and a veteran “war-horse” who can keep them competitive-ish while Favors and the youngins mature.

Or the Sixers can swoop in and cut Detroit out of the deal entirely.  How?

Nuggets Acquire Nets Acquire Sixers Acquire
Derrick Favors Carmelo Anthony Nene Hilario
Devin Harris Chauncey Billups Troy Murhpy
Anthony Morrow Elton Brand Kris Humphries
Quinton Ross Jodie Meeks Johan Petro
Ben Uzoh    
Stephen Grahm    
(2) 1st round pick    
Andre Iguodala    

 

Remember all that stuff I said about Troy Murphy two graphs ago?  Well, now the Sixers are in “heads we win, tails we tie” position with the Great White Hope.  They also still get Nene, plus they add to that a 25-year old comer who’s getting 9.2 rebounds a night in limited minutes (Humphries). Their frontcourt immediately goes from bottom five in the league to to about average. And they make Elton Brand disappear.

The only assets they have to part with are Iguodala, who the fans base is fed up with and who is blocking the development of Evan Turner, and Jodie Meeks, who is, charitably, about 35-45 percent as good as we’ve convinced ourselves he is.

If the Nuggets and/or Nets aren’t amendable to that deal, we can give this one a shot…

Nuggets Acquire Nets Acquire Sixers Acquire
Derrick Favors Carmelo Anthony Chauncey Billups
Devin Harris Andre Iguodala Troy Murhpy
Anthony Morrow Elton Brand Kris Humphries
Quinton Ross   Johan Petro
Ben Uzoh    
Stephen Grahm    
(2) 1st round pick    

 

This is probably the best deal for the Nets and Nuggets.  For NJN, an Anthony, Iguodala, Brand core should be preferable to their almost-2005 Pistons core, while the Nuggets get the exact same deal they’ve already (reportedly) agreed to.

The 7-6 get the potentially potent Humhpries/Murphy frontcourt combo at no risk for the remainder of the season, dump a toxic deal, and bring in a rock-solid veteran that Jrue (still 20) Holiday can learn from.  If they’re concerned that adding Billups would stunt rather than accelerate Jrue’s development, they can easily flip him to a contender.

Or, they could just pitch this deal…

Nuggets Acquire Nets Acquire Sixers Acquire
Derrick Favors Carmelo Anthony Nene Hilario
Devin Harris Andre Iguodala Troy Murhpy
Anthony Morrow Elton Brand Kris Humphries
Quinton Ross   Johan Petro
Ben Uzoh    
Stephen Grahm    
(2) 1st round pick    
Mo Speights    

 

Same deal as last time, except we swap out Billups for Nene, and throw the Nuggets Mo Speights for their trouble.

We’ll see what happens.  At the end of the day, there are three questions you have to ask yourself when evaluating the proposals of a speculative post like this.

1.) Do these trade scenarios all (to varying degrees) better position the Sixers to eventually compete for championships?

(Yes)

2.) Are any of these scenarios likely to happen?

(No)

3.) Did the author call out of work today under the pretense of a snow-exacerbated car problem so he could drink beer and think about this stuff?  Also should he take more seriously his girlfriends argument that he has a drinking problem?

(…)


 
 
 

One Response to “MELO DRAMA”

  1. C-Money
    13. January 2011 at 16:22

    why would the sixers help a atlantic division rival get better only to get cap space in return. Cap space that might end up being useless depending on what happens with the CBA.

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