Ken Berger of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Nets have put a plan into motion to acquire several assets that the Nuggets have asked for in a potential blockbuster trade for Carmelo Anthony.
The first step, is the three-team trade they officially completed Wednesday. The Nets get 2 first-round picks (1 from the Rockets and 1 from the Lakers). NJ sent Terrence Williams to the Rockets and Joe Smith to the Lakers, for those picks and LA sent G Sasha Vujacic (Mr. Maria Sharapova) back to the Nets.
The Nets now have their own first-round picks in the next two drafts — one of which could be traded to Denver — plus Golden State’s 2012 first-rounder, Houston’s lottery-protected 2012 first-round pick and a 2011 first-rounder from the Lakers. The plan is to include all of the above in a blockbuster proposal to Denver for Anthony.
The Nets’ new assets, combined with 2010 No. 3 pick Derrick Favors and power forward Troy Murphy, would put New Jersey in the driver’s seat in the Melo sweepstakes. Berger also states that New Jersey might be working other angles like: (1) get another young player Denver covets and/or (2) add an established player whose presence on the Nets would make the prospect of signing an extension with New Jersey more attractive to Anthony.
Getting ‘Melo to agree to an extension after the (supposed) trade is not going to be easy for NJ, although they might have another small advantage going for them. The Nets are moving to Brooklyn in time for the 2012-13 season and that is Anthony’s place of birth.
It’s going to be REALLY interesting to see what unfolds in the coming months….