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Inside the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations

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Inside the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Carmelo Anthony is just another athlete in a long list who has gone public with his wishes to join a new team and didnt exactly helping his current team make a deal or get any value from him on his way out.

Anthony finally stopped being a jerk and accepted a trade to the Knicks Monday night, ending the trade saga and finally allowing Denver to move on.

Maybe Anthony wasnt just being a jerk though. Maybe all of the offers were so enticing he simply couldnt decide! A Wicked Good Sports insider was able to get the inside scoop on some of the offers floating around out there before Carmelo finally ended up with the Knicks:
TRADE OFFER 1
To New Jersey Nets: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncy Billups, Free Ski passes for everyone!
To Denver Nuggets: Four first round picks, Devin Harris, Jay-z, The Situation, Snookie
PROS:
- Carmelo no longer has to be constantly bored and cold in Denver
- Two most annoying cast members of that terrible Jersey Shore show will hopefully freeze to death in the Denver wilderness

- The Nets may move to Brooklyn and Anthony would reportedly super duper love that.

CONS:
- Sucks for Jay-z because no one in Denver has heard of rap music
- The Nets, much like Denver, never really win anything. Ever. At all.
- Carmelo is closer to New York and will be over covered every day by ESPN

- With the audition of some members of the Jersey Shore cast, the percentage of Colorado residents with STDs will go up by 30 in just one week

TRADE OFFER 2
To New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony, John Elway
To Denver Nuggets Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, A-Rod, Mike DAntonis mustache
PROS:
- Spoiled brat Carmel Anthony gets to go to his preferred destination
- John Elway can throw wicked spirals all the way down the court for the worlds longest alley-oops.

- A-rod get can back on steroids and no one will notice because no one cares about anything that goes on in Colorado
CONS:
- For the Knicks, they totally lose out on this deal because DAntonis mustache is pretty epic.

- ESPN would show even less hockey highlights as they document Carmelos every pass, dunk and shot because hes playing in New York now.

TRADE OFFER 3
To Charlotte Bobcats: Carmelo Anthony, Peter Forsberg, Tim Tebow
To Denver Nuggets: Michael Jordan (as an owner, not a player), Dale Earnhardt Jr, Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson
PROS:
- Peter Forsberg can do his retiring, unretiring, retiring gig in another sport
- Tim Tebow might get caught with some Nascar groupies and his wholesome boy act will be shattered for good

- Dale Earnhardt Jr can start his basketball career and finally play a real sport. If he gets glued to the bench, he already has lots of practice sitting down. Nascar sucks.
- Carmelo Anthony can paint numbers on the side of his car and when he gets pulled over for speeding he can just tell local cops he got lost on his way to the race track

CONS:
- Michael Jordan will run another pro team into the ground
- Carmelo Anthony only has one first name and may not fit in with the Bobby Joe and Susie May two first name fans.
- It is still Charlotte.
- It is probably way too hot to wear those head bands Carmelo is so fond of.

Maybe Charlotte would have been the best option for the rest of us.

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WATCH: Celtics vs. Heat

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Celtics-Heat preview: Will Celts be drained by emotional win in Dallas?

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Celtics-Heat preview: Will Celts be drained by emotional win in Dallas?

The Boston Celtics remain a team whose collective talents are far more valuable than their individual abilities.

But there are going to be nights when someone has to shoulder a larger burden of the team in order to win. More often than not, that “one” will likely be No. 11, Kyrie Irving. 

We saw in Dallas what can happen when Irving feels he has little choice but to put the team on his back and carry them to victory. 

The Celtics were desperate for a spark against the Mavericks and found it in Irving, who scored 47 points in leading the Celtics to a come-from-behind 110-102 overtime win. 

It remains to be seen if the Celtics will require a similar Herculean effort tonight when they take the Miami Heat with a chance to extend their winning streak to 17 straight. 

This team isn’t one to dwell on success in the past, even if the past was just 24 hours ago. But there’s no getting around how what happened on Monday night might impact what we see against the Heat. 

Boston expended a tremendous amount of energy in rallying from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter at Dallas, the kind of effort that may be difficult to replicate against a Miami team that you can count on to play hard from the opening tip to the final horn. 

Irving’s performance was one of the rare instances this season when Boston clearly could not have won without their top scorer having a big game. 

“When we needed it most, he made big shot after big shot,” said Al Horford. “He had such good rhythm, I was thinking, ‘just let him keep it going.’ He just kept being aggressive, taking really good shots. He recognized he needed to be extra aggressive, especially at the end and score the ball for us.”

Scoring could potentially be at a premium against Miami which allows 102.5 points per game which ranks ninth in the league in fewest points allowed. Also, the Heat will test Boston’s perimeter defenders. Miami comes into tonight’s game averaging 11.1 made 3-pointers per game which ranks ninth in the NBA. 

The Heat are led by Goran Dragic who is averaging team highs in scoring (18.3 points) and assists (4.7) this season. 

These two squared off earlier this season in Miami with the Celtics coming away with a 96-90 win as Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum led the way with 24 and 20 points, respectively. In that game, the Heat were without starting center Hassan Whiteside, who will be in the lineup tonight as the Heat try to bounce back after losing three of its last four games.

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