Just today I heard about the possible trade between the Denver Nuggets and the LA Lakers. The deal would essentially send Carmelo to LA and Bynum to Denver. Am I the only one that thinks this trade is bad for both teams?
From Denver’s standpoint, who would they have to replace Carmelo’s scoring from the perimeter? Aaron Afflalo has been having a career season( 12.9 pts per game), but other than that, JR Smith is inconsistent, Ty Lawson isn’t consistent and Chauncey Billups is getting long in the tooth at PG. The new look Denver team would also have an overabundance of money tied into their post play. Kenyon Martin, NeNe, Chris Anderson and Bynum would be a high-priced frontcourt that would not be able to produce as a whole enough to balance out the point production lost when/if Melo leaves. Denver would be a broken team.
On the Lakers side, their one big advantage is that no one in the NBA can match up with their 3 7 footers: Bynum, Odom and Gasol. If they were to trade Bynum, they would essentially be giving away their advantage. Another thing is that there isn’t any guarantee that Carmelo signs an extension with the Lakers. The Lakers may want to get him to agree to an extension before taking these talks further or else they would be trading a young big man for nothing essentially. Another bad thing to come from this trade would be that the Lakers would become a very soft basketball team. Gasol and Odom aren’t exactly the most physical players in the NBA and if they lose Bynum, the Lakers lose shot-blocking and intimidation in the post. Bynum may get injured, but he was injured the last two years and helped make them a championship contender. The year the Celtics beat the Lakers, one person was missing from their team: Andrew Bynum. The biggest factor that no one is talking about is that Kobe and Carmelo are both players that like to have the offense run through them. How would these guys co-exist in the scenario that they would have to give up more touches, especially Kobe, who already has to give up touches to Gasol? That could be a recipe for disaster.
I hope this terade doesn’t happen, but if it does, I look for the West to become more open. I bet the Thunder and the Spurs are praying this trade happens.