Do you think the recent talk of a Lakers and Nuggets trade for Carmelo Anthony for a package involving Andrew Bynum is just a prod to get more out of the Knicks?
If the Nuggets trade for Bynum and a combo of players, it will essentially make any transaction with the Lakers a cap clearing excercise (an example). It appears the two teams, the Nuggets and Lakers, can match salaries in a trade. But the Lakers draft pick if any is given would be near the end of the draft. Also what would the Lakers give up to obtain an early round draft pick to swing a deal for Anthony? Most of the rest of their roster is aging or role players on large scale contracts that would well be avoided by other teams considering the possible dynamics of a new CBA.
The transaction would not result in the acquisition of young talent on manueverable rookie scale contracts. Could a talented yet medical question with Bynum’s contract be flipped instantly for additional pieces down the line. Bynum has another two years on his contract, one of them being a team option for the Lakers or Nuggets. He has a history of knee injuries and those should be of major concern to the Nuggets. So, I’ll ask again are the Nuggets bluffing?
Just look at the build up in the past purported Nuggets transactions. Nuggets General Manager Masai Ujiri is looking for a combination of young talent on manueverable rookie scale contracts or tradeable salaries plus a draft pick or two.