Thursday, February 24, 2011

What Hath the King Wrought? A Wave of Panicky NBA Trades

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Carmelo Anthony

One more day. NBA teams have less than 24 hours to take their franchises to Def-Con 1. Only until 3:00 ET Thursday afternoon to make sure they don't get LeBron-ified, to avoid becoming next season's Cleveland Cavaliers.

In hindsight, it appears that while "The Decision'' by LeBron James merely raked most NBA followers' last natural nerve, it scared team executives witless.

Maybe none of the trades completed and proposed as the deadline approaches will turn out to be as enormous overreactions as they appear now. Maybe Carmelo Anthony will be for the Knicks exactly as the Knicks expect him -- and, it seems, desperately needs him -- to be. It's possible, meanwhile, that the Nuggets, looking horrified by what they had to do to avoid Anthony walking away from them this summer, will be able to rebuild with the pieces from the three-way trade as it could have by simply dropping his contract off their books.

And maybe the Jazz really needed to part ways with Deron Williams as hastily as they did on Wednesday -- a season ahead of his potential free agency. And maybe the Nets' mortgaging of their future will help them realize their dream, whether it's escalating its arms race with the soon-to-be-borough-neighboring Knicks, or spending the resources they had saved up to throw at the Nuggets for Anthony, or satisfying their new owner's ego, or all of the above.

That's a lot of maybes.


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