Monthly Archives: September 2010

Rudy Fernandez ridiculousness

So, I was reading an article earlier that quoted Rudy Fernandez, specifically that he says that ‘it’s time to rest a little before going back to work’. Of course, there is no telling where Rudy may be heading to get back to that work he needs to do, as he’s pretty keen to get away from Portland and the Blazers seem quite happy to ship him to Boston, Chicago or wherever.

The whole deal with Rudy Fernandez ridiculous. For me, I see it as a marginal player overestimating his own abilities and getting frustrated with his role and wanting out. Sorry Rudy, it doesn’t work like that. You signed your contract. You are employed by that organisation and are thus obligated to do what they ask of you. It is not the Trailblazers fault that you suddenly rate yourself as some sort of awesome ball-handling point-guard (which you’re not) and the next coming of Manu Ginobili. Just because you think you have more to offer than just shooting doesn’t mean you go around demanding trades.

Anyway, the Blazers seem like they’d be quite happy without Rudy around anymore, signing Wes Matthews and discussing possible deals with a few teams. The one trade rumour I noticed was Rudy to New York for Wilson Chandler (the Knicks wisely turned down a Rudy for Anthony Randolph and a first-rounder). Apparently, though, Portland has no interest in Wilson Chandler. Why? Chandler is six-eight, two-twenty, can play guard or forward, shoots a solid percentage, rebounds the ball and can block shots occasionally. Most of all, he seems to be a good guy and has never complained about his role, minutes, shots etcetera. The only thing against him, I guess, would be his arrest for marijuana possession (during the off-season) – and is that really such a big deal? I have no idea why Portland can’t see Chandler splitting minutes with Wes Matthews backing up Brandon Roy and Nic Batum.

Oh, and Portland wants a first-round draft pick in return for Rudy, too. Crazy.

Let’s recap. Rudy gets the idea he’s far better than he actually is and wants out, hoping for an increased role elsewhere. Meanwhile, Portland can’t get a deal done because, despite disagreeing with Rudy about how good he is, are asking too much in return because they presumably think he is worth more than he actually is. Um, what? It makes no sense.

Portland, do a deal and get rid of Rudy. Trade him for Chandler. Don’t insist on a first-rounder. Be a deep, talented and successful basketball team this season. Now that makes sense.

Trading Carmelo

It would seem that the Denver Nuggets may have to deal Carmelo Anthony. They don’t want to, of course; why would any team trade a top-10 player in this league? But since offering ‘Melo a three-year, $65 million extension back in late June, he has been reluctant to sign. It seems that he is concerned about the team’s direction and competitiveness, with Kenyon Martin and Chris Anderson to miss the start of the season with injuries and now Nene pulling out of the worlds. Plus Coach Karl is no guarantee to be on the bench the entire season as he recovers from cancer.

The rumours of ‘Melo being traded started way back, back when Amar’e was going around telling everyone he’d be able to bring Anthony and Chris Paul to New York with him. Chris Paul (apparently) wanted out of New Orleans and ‘Melo was to be a free agent next summer. Of course it would happen. Then, during a toast at ‘Melo’s New York wedding, Chris Paul himself suggested that they’d ‘form their own Big 3’. Then, there was the Nuggets ownership change and new front office put in place – meaning former J.R. Smith fan Mark Warkentien was gone as GM and Smith was instantly on the block. Now, this may be good or bad. It’s bad from a competitive standpoint, but good on the keeping ‘Melo standpoint – there has been talk of ‘Melo and J.R. not getting along.

So anyway, what we can get from all this silliness is that the Nuggets might trade ‘Melo – although incoming GM Masai Ujiri is going to do his best to convince him to stick around (there’s probably 65 million reasons to stay in Denver, I’d think).

Therefore, if it comes to a point where they do indeed trade Anthony, what would be some possible deals they could make? Let’s have a look:

Houston receives: Carmelo Anthony

Denver receives: Shane Battier, Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill

Houston made the list of teams that are contender to swing a trade for ‘Melo. It’s probably because they have a good mix of draft picks, young talent and expiring deals. This trade works for mine because Houston get to have a go at seeing how far a Yao/K-Mart/’Melo-led team can take them, while Denver enjoys salary relief and a talented young player. If Denver insisted, I’m sure Houston would consider including Aaron Brooks in the deal rather than Jordan Hill, or the Nuggets may even prefer Patrick Patterson. And of course, whatever draft picks either team needs to include for the deal to go down.

Golden State receives: Carmelo Anthony

Denver receives: Monta Ellis, Dan Gadzuric

Apparently Golden State made that list too, so here’s a deal that can work for both teams. The Warriors add Carmelo to Steph Curry and David Lee to form a pretty talented core, while getting away from Monta; who, with Curry around, is definitely expendable. From the Nuggets perspective, they get a quality young guard who can score a bunch and can even play some pretty good defence, along with an expiring deal with Gadzuric.

New Jersey receives: Carmelo Anthony

Denver receives: Troy Murphy, Terrence Williams

The Yahoo article suggested that the Clippers and the Nets are the most likely teams to get Carmelo. New Jersey certainly has assets to make a play for him – Troy Murphy and his expiring along with Terrence Williams and his immense potential. This trade instantly makes New Jersey a million times better than they were last season, with Anthony teaming with Brook Lopez and Devin Harris to form what would easily be a playoff contender (but not necessarily championship material). For Denver, they get a big man that can fill-in for K-Mart and Birdman while they’re out as well as a rather large contract that expires at seasons end; and an extremely talented young man in Terrence Williams who can form a solid young(ish) core with Ty Lawson and Nene.

So they’re my ideas for trades Denver could make if they have to. I’m not the only guy with trade ideas, however. Sekou Smith at NBA.com suggested a Josh Smith/Jamal Crawford-Carmelo Anthony/J.R. Smith swap after Jamal’s comments earlier in the week.

Thanks for reading, and as always, feel free to let me know your thoughts. Cheers.