The Denver Nuggets have had an offer sheet to Carmelo Anthony to sign a three-year, $65 million dollar extension. The organization learned from the other franchises this summer that if they believe they are not going to be able to keep their superstar, they should look to trade him and begin to build for the future.
It is obvious that Anthony is going to wait until the end of this season to decide whether or not he will leave Colorado. With this uncertainty, rumors have been flying everywhere that Anthony might be traded to the Knicks, Bulls, or the Rockets to name a few. These rumors have been denied that they are not looking to trade their franchise player and hope to resign him.
However, as that contract continues to sit on the general manager's desk, they continue to worry if they are going to lose Anthony for nothing. Because of this, it is now known that they are looking at possible trades for their superstar.
We have found out through rumors this summer that Anthony would like to go to the Knicks or the Bulls. Their have been other rumors saying that he may want to go to a smaller market team that have a young nucleus of talent. One of those teams that he mentioned was the Minnesota Timberwolves.
When I heard this about a month ago, I thought there was no way on God's green earth that Anthony would play in Minneapolis. Once I thought about it, however, it made perfect sense.
David Kahn recently wrote an article to the fans in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune explaining all the questionable decisions he has made during his tenure as the Timberwolves President. He also explained that this team is a superstar away from seriously contending. How could a 15-win team be one player away from playing teams such as the Lakers, Magic, and Heat?
I personally believe that the Timberwolves took a huge step this summer with their draft picks and Trades. Currently we are looking at this starting lineup:
PG: J. Flynn
SG: W. Johnson
SF: M. Beasley
PF: K. Love
C. D. Milicic
Along with a lot of potential on the bench, this team could seriously win 30 games next season. They have the supporting cast, but they need that superstar to push them into the playoffs. Thirty wins will mean another top-10 pick in 2011 draft. So, do we continue to wait for these players to establish themselves? Where can we find this superstar?
The answer is Carmelo Anthony.
Here would be my proposed trade to the Nuggets...
- Carmelo Anthony (sign and trade)
- Three first round picks in 2011 (Timberwolves pick with the additional two first round picks from Utah Jazz trade this summer)
- Corey Brewer
This would move Michael Beasley to the bench. We have not seen Beasley's full potential yet, but he would learn a lot playing behind Anthony. They could both possibly play together in late game situations, creating mismatches for the opposing team.
In addition, this move would reassure Ricky Rubio that this team is serious about contending. The Timberwolves would instantly make the playoffs in the west this year, and would look to contend for an NBA Championship when Rubio makes his way to the United States.
Does this trade seem unlikely? Of course it does, especially since Minnesota and Denver are in the same division. If Kahn believes that he does not have a superstar on his current team right now, this is the perfect opportunity to get his star.
I think Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, and Kevin Love all have a chance to become all-stars. Adding the sixth best player in the NBA (according to my personal opinion) would help this team rebuild a lot faster than Minnesota fans have anticipated.