The three-way trade discussions involving the Minnesota Timberwolves facilitating Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony’s movement to the New York Knicks have a new wrinkle: the L.A. Lakers might be involved, according to a new report from ESPN’s Chris Broussard. Broussard says Los Angeles has had “preliminary discussions” with the Nuggets involving Anthony, and is willing to send productive, if injury prone, center Andrew Bynum to Denver.
Previously, the Timberwolves were rumored to send forward Corey Brewer and a future first-round draft choice to the Nuggets, with Anthony going to the Knicks and Minnesota receiving Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and young big man Anthony Randolph from New York. These discussions, say Broussard, are “very much alive” despite the Lakers’ interest in Anthony and another report saying the Timberwolves’ proposal is unlikely to happen.
Curry, 28, is more valuable for his expiring contract than his play. He’s not logged a single minute this season and has appeared in just 10 games since the 2008/09 season. Randolph, 21, is the more desirable player for Minnesota. On an affordable, rookie-scale contract for this season and next, the 21-year-old has career averages of 8.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocked shots.