Report: Lakers, Nuggets Have Spoken About Possible Carmelo Anthony Deal

DENVER - APRIL 08: Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets drives to the basket past Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during NBA action at the Pepsi Center on April 8, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Lakers 98-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Over at ESPN, Chris Broussard has a report, based on unnamed "league sources," to the effect that the Lakers and Denver Nuggets have had preliminary talks over a possible trade of Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony. Here, distilled for you into handy bullet points, are the key disclosures in the piece:

  • A straight-up swap of Bynum for Melo meets the CBA trade rules, but if there is a deal, there could be more players involved to allow Denver to shed additional salary.
  • Denver doesn't want Ron Artest and would not insist on Lamar Odom.
  • The Lakers would likely require Melo to sign a three-year, $65 million extension as a condition of the trade.
  • The Lakers' front office is divided about the wisdom of the proposed deal. Phil Jackson, according to one of the sources, would like to see how the rest of the Grammy trip unfolds before making such a dramatic move.

Insert obligatory finger-wagging about anonymously sourced trade rumors here.

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