The Carmelo Anthony situation remains completely unresolved. Some reports have a three-team trade between the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets very close to being completed.
Others have the New York Knicks still in contention to land the star, with the idea that they’re Anthony’s preferable destination. But the Knicks haven’t progressed nearly as far as the Nets have in working out a trade with Denver, and it’s unclear if they can provide both the assets and savings that New Jersey can.
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Melo, in talking to ESPN, indicates that he still hasn’t really thought about a contract extension to play his next 4 1/2 seasons in Newark and Brooklyn, but that he has envisioned the possibility of helping the Nets open up the Barclays Center, just a few minutes from Red Hook, where he spent the early years of his life.
Anthony is obviously the focus of the three-team trade that the Nets are trying to pull off, but New Jersey would also be getting upgrades in their backcourt, with the additions of Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton. It’s been seven years since those two won a championship together and they’re 34 and 32 years old respectively. But they’re both proven winners.
In fact, since the 2003-04 season (when Anthony, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade entered the league) no NBA player has won more games (including postseason) than Billups.
Billups’ teams are 394-178 (.689) in the regular season and 71-48 (.597) in the postseason over the last 7 1/2 seasons.
Since he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2000, Billups’ teams have never won less than 47 games, and he’s got a 50-win streak going back to the ’01-02 season, almost as long as the Mavs (’00-01) and Spurs (’97-98 if you don’t count the lockout-shortened ’98-99 season).
Hamilton arrived in Detroit at the same time Billups did, but missed more games and obviously wasn’t traded before things started going downhill. So he ranks 18th with 385 wins since ’03-04. Anthony ranks 33rd with 343.
Either way, it will be tough for Billups to keep his streak going. The Nuggets are currently on pace for only 47 wins this season, while the Nets are on pace for 21.