Carmelo in Philly?

If you call yourself a serious fan of a particular sports team, then it’s inevitable that at some point in time, you put on a fake GM hat and made some moves in your head. Whether you played around on ESPN’s trade machine during the offseason, or researched potential players that your team may draft, we’re all guilty of it. This offseason, I’ve kind of taken a step back in this department. The Sixers had very little money to use in free agency (Hence Tony Battie being our only free agent acquisition) and two horrible contracts in Brand and Iguodala that would be very difficult to move.

But a month ago, when the news broke that Carmelo Anthony wanted out of Denver, a small part of me got excited. There was a glimmer of hope that maybe Stefanski pulls off a blockbuster to save his job. The Sixers have the pieces acquire Melo if they were willing to part with some young talent, as well as their “Superstar,” Andre Iguodala. Naturally, there was barely a whisper of Philadelphia looking to make such a move, the talks died down, and it was believed that Melo would play out his final year in Denver then look to sign with a big market team, such as the New York Knicks. However, this morning, CBS sports writer Ken Berger broke a story that suggested the Sixers are interested in making a play for Carmelo. Berger’s proposed trade would look something like this; Jason Kapono, Willie Green, Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala for Carmelo Anthony. Kapono and Green come off the books after 2011, freeing about 10 million dollars in cap space. In Thaddeus, the Nuggets get a (no pun intended) young player who still hasn’t reached his potential. And as much as we hate on Iguodala, he is still a good #2 scorer and playmaker, and will hopefully bring the defensive intensity he showed this summer in Turkey back with him to the NBA next season. Assuming if this trade was to happen, Carmelo would sign a long term contract in Philadelphia and be patient for a year while he, Turner and Holiday learn how to mesh together. I’ve watched a lot of Carmelo over the last few years, and when he is on, he’s as unstoppable a scorer as there is in the NBA. Turner would be able to take a back seat, at least for now, while he gets more comfortable with the speed and intensity of playing in the NBA.

Being realistic, there is a very small chance Stefanski makes a move like this, or even that the Nuggets will agree to such a trade. But what do we think? Put on your fake GM hat and have some fun with this one…

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