First, let me preface this easy in a manner similar to the one I use with almost every other FanPost I write: I composed the following throughout two of my classes so if there are any typos, tense errors or gaps in thought I apologize for them in advance.
I'm sure many of you are familiar with what I wrote nearly three weeks ago -- I detailed my "belief" that Carmelo Anthony would ultimately end up in a Nets jersey. I contended that the Nets had gained control of negotiations because they had publicly pulled out of trade discussions and because they had something the Nuggets didn't -- outside-options. I illustrated my sentiment that the Nets would be able to give up significantly less than had previously been reported because they were in a position of power. I'm quoting "belief" because I didn't believe it the second it I typed it, I thought it sounded good, I surmised that it was logical, but I didn't buy it. I didn't -- and still don't -- see Carmelo Anthony ever dawning a Nets jersey, it just seems too inconceivable. Is he really going to leave the Nuggets (who have a pretty good roster) to sign an extension and play a year in Jersey. I just don't see it.
Having said that (Curb fans), a lot of being a fan is about indulging in unrealistic and fictitious scenarios which keep us entertained. So -- going under the assumption that the Melo would sign an extension with the Nets -- here are my thoughts.
Bargaining power results from the amount (and the quality) of outside-options that each side has, the Nets are still in a position of power because they have alternatives. The Nuggets do not. Since the report that the Nets and Nuggets had resumed trade discussions no details of a proposed deal have been released. To me, that's good news. Although there are some exceptions (as with everything in life), for the most part, deals that are played out in the public eye tend not to be completed OR look marginally different when they're completed.
The Nets have to remember -- and I'm sure King is on top of it, he's smarter than me -- that they're competing against a deal comprised of Wilson Chandler (who becomes a restricted free-agent after the season), Danillo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Anthony Randolph and Plaxico Burress (aka Eddy Curry). Obviously there's a possibility that the Knicks would up their offer if they consider the Nets to be a serious opponent in their quest to bring Anthony to NY, if that occurs then they would probably be willing to budge on Felton, but other than that they don't have much to offer. The Mavericks could also sneak into the picture if Cuban becomes willing to trade Rorique Beaubois, however their potential package (pause) isn't a very favorable one.
The Nuggets will want to obtain a package similar to the one that they were (reportedly) being offered before Proky's "I'm a Boss" moment. That's simple bargaining theory. They'll have trouble accepting a deal comprised of significantly less than they could have previously had, but tough ****. King has to put his foot down and I have confidence that he will. So, without further ado, here are the four trades that I think the Nets should entertain (obviously each of them can be tweaked slightly and reconfigured, but for the most part this is the outline of deals that the Nets should do without involving other teams):
Nets Receive: Carmelo Anthony
Nets Receive: Carmelo Anthony
Nets Receive: Carmelo Anthony, Al Harrington, Sheldon Williams
Nuggets Receive: Derrick Favors, Damion James, Travis Outlaw, Warriors' 2012 First-Round Pick, Lakers' 2011 First-Round Pick and Troy Murphy's contract
Nets Receive: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Aaron Afflalo
Nuggets Receive: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Damion James, Rockets' 2012 First Round-Pick and Troy Murphy's contract
I'm a little hesitant about the fourth trade, but I wouldn't be against the any of the other three. I'm also against trading Morrow unless the Nuggets would send back Afflalo (it should be noted that he's in the last year of his deal). So, what do we think?