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Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 4:11 pm
The Lakers and Nuggets have achieved some traction with recent trade discussions involving Andrew Bynum and Carmelo Anthony, two people with knowledge of the talks told Tuesday. 

Bynum-for-Anthony would be the obvious centerpiece in the proposed deal, but numerous other pieces that would have to be involved make it "very, very difficult to get this done," said one of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss team business. 

The Lakers' early success in piquing the Nuggets' interest in Bynum represents a subtle shift in Denver's trade strategy. One of the people familiar with the talks said Nuggets officials have recently expressed a renewed desire to bring back a "star player" along with multiple draft picks in a trade for Anthony. A scenario involving the Knicks, Anthony's No. 1 choice in a trade, would not yield a star but would save the Nuggets significant money and provide cap relief to rebuild. 

UPDATE: ESPN The Magazine first reported the preliminary discussions between the Lakers and Nuggets Tuesday. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak declined to comment on the level of the team's involvement with the Nuggets, and spokesman John Black said the team doesn't comment on "trade rumors."

A third person connected to the situation said he found it "suspicious" that the Bynum-Anthony scenario would become public so soon after it was publicly revealed that the Knicks have found a willing participant in the Timberwolves to contribute to a three-team scenario that would send Anthony to New York. That person said he received some signals early last week that the Lakers and Nuggets were at least considering entering into Bynum-Anthony discussions.

"Someone is trying to scare New York," the person said.
Although Anthony's representatives with Creative Artists Agency have recently stepped up their efforts to circulate Melo's long-held preference for a trade to New York, those close to the three-time All-Star believe there is no question he would sign a three-year, $65 million extension as part of a trade to the Lakers. Such a scenario would give Anthony everything he wants -- top-dollar in an extension, the big-market allure that comes with the Lakers' Hollywood surroundings, and the inside track to his first championship. 

But such a complicated trade is much bigger than Anthony's desires. Sources say the Nuggets would insist on the Lakers recruiting a third team that could provide attractive first-round picks. From the Lakers' perspective, they also would be looking for a backcourt upgrade in the deal -- and sources say Chauncey Billups could fit that bill as a short-term replacement for struggling Derek Fisher

Also, despite his denials, sources say Ron Artest has, in fact, privately discussed wanting to be traded -- and Lakers officials have been eager to take him up on it, with no realistic takers given the nearly $22 million he is owed over the next three seasons. Including Artest in the framework of a Bynum-Melo deal is highly unlikely, given that Denver would balk at taking on his contract and any third team willing to surrender valuable picks wouldn't want it, either. 

UPDATE: In addition, a league source told Tuesday that he put little credence in reports that Artest could be headed to the Bobcats for either Gerald Wallace or Stephen Jackson. When Artest signed with the Lakers two summers ago, the notion of him going to Charlotte was posed to part-owner Michael Jordan and GM Rod Higgins, who indicated he wasn't the right "fit" for the organization. Also, sources say Artest has been advised of no serious talks that would lead to him being traded -- something the Lakers, who are aware of how Artest's play could be affected by trade rumors, would be sure to do if they were close to trading him.

For these reasons and plenty of others, a Lakers-Nuggets deal centered around Bynum and Anthony is "a long way from being made," one of the sources said. 

But if the discussions gained momentum, the Lakers would be giving up their most valuable advantage -- front-court size -- for a player whose scoring talents mirror those of Kobe Bryant. But of all the stars on the 2008 Olympic gold-medal team, Bryant and Anthony were the two who grew closest in Beijing. It's one thing to co-exist on the national team, and quite another on an NBA team with obvious championship ambitions. But at least Bryant and Anthony would have a solid relationship and mutual respect as their foundation. 

And look at it this way: Bryant is still playing at a high level, but he can't do this forever. The opportunity to cash in a valuable asset like Bynum for a player who could not only team up with Bryant and win a title now, but replace him in the future, is too good to pass up. 

But as has been the case in every Melo trade scenario, the wild card is Denver. Are Nuggets officials willing to send their superstar to a conference rival, only to watch him torture their souls for years? Is a potential star center with suspect knees the best they can do for Anthony? These are among the many questions this tantalizing scenario presents -- and as usual with Anthony, there are more questions than answers.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:55 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

this is crap bynum sucks!!! he has greg olden knees.. honestly the denver nuggets are blowing there franchise up! they turned down the best trade of them all 2 first rounders devin harris derrick favors thats a incredible trade.. but denver kept askin for more and more.. then we get to this trade right honestly kobe bryant wouldnt be worth melo and kobe will score more points in next 2 years then bynum will his whole career. bynum is a 13 and 10 kinda guy for rest of his career if he can stay healthy now dwight howards thats a center bynums not. bynum was hyped when he was a teenager as he next shaq problem was his body grew too big by hormones they were giving him and his knees cant handle it why the fuck would u consider trading melo for that peice of trash!!!!! 2 years he wont even be in nba anymore .and he was on ripleys beleive it or not!!!!!!!! this kid was doomed for failure hes got patrick ewings knees with no true skills! they need to take up knicks offer with minnesota thats good deal u get first round picks and cap relief!!

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 1:19 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

East Coast gonna fall into the Atlantic creating threads with no idiots whatsoever!

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 1:16 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

very good comeback now i see why ur an allstar.............(srcsm)

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:25 am

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

Melo-Bynum not happenning. The Lakers would have to change and become small instead of playing Large which makes them unique. Kobe would have to run much much more if they become a small team with Melo. Kobe will not want that at this Stage of his Career . That is why I am saying No Deal. The Knicks package is weak but they are still in Drivers Seat becasue Melo wants to play there. I still think Deal gets done and I am hoping for deal by 24Th so we can win this Year. Lets be honest the Knicks Team as is is a 500 Team , if that.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:44 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

Hey Murley; you're kidding right? The one-dimensionable baby aspires to be a Laker and Phil will welcome him and his lack of defense to LA. Dude; I'm guessing that the closest you got to Anthony was waving @ him as he exited the tunnel in Sacramento. This whole non- story was bogus from the start inspired by the evil 4-letter and Broussard. You , my goofball sucker just got played, but you're not alone.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:18 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

Hey Booclown 1747; if you could actually read and understand someone's post, you would note that I NEVER mentioned Kobe's defense. The point of the post is that the Lakers don't need another shooter and that you; my ESPN disciple should actually think about some bogus  thread that the evil 4-letter puts out before you accept it as gospel. Dude; please come up with some original thoughts and not depend on the stiffs that reside in Bristol. Your own avatar would suggest your lack of originality, but don't come back unless what you spout is what YOU truly feel and not Steve Levy's or Ryan Rusilly's.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:13 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

@marleysdad...your dog is dead..youve been disillusioned ever since...east coast..listen to what he has said..while winning a ring is important, he wants to go home..story over..but it wont be..brett favre is coming back also..marleysdad told me so

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:33 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

RXmichal-  This Story originally leaked from Chris Broussard who works for ESPN, it has NOTHING to do with Berger or CBS moron.  Do your research before you spout off.

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:30 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

I'm interested in who the T-wolves would get as a part of the three team trade.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:59 pm

Sources: Melo-Bynum talks have some traction

and you are bob marleys dad also lol

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