I don't think this is going to happen, whatever say the media or the Lakers. Nuggets owner wants to save money and rebuild with young cheap players. That's why Denver FO has asked everyone for 3 things:
1- Salary cap relief
2- Young prospects
3- First round picks
Lakers can't offer 2 out of 3. Bynum is a young solid player but also overpayed and injury prone. I don't see the Nuggets eating his contract.
Melo would go to LA. No doubt he would be welcome and be the man for year's to come. Kobe's assists are up big and he is on the trip dub verge nightly.
That means he understands he isn't what he used to be and Melo coming in helps that team for the next 3-4 years win titles then Melo is the main guy in his prime of 29-31. I think we should be looking over our shoulder on this one and need to get this thing done NOW!
Melo to LA would be smart on LA's part. Kobe is aging, turning 33 and they will need a star there to replace him; he will be 37 when his contract is up.
Bynum is a risk! Health issues, still raw, needs to refine his game.... Huge risk to be the center piece of the trade for your Franchise guy; especially after what they went through with Kmart!
L.A. doesn't make me nervous, Teams like Dallas or Houston make me nervous. Cuban has made it clear he would take the risk with Melo and make a trade with Denver. Not sure what Dallas gives up... but the tadem of Dirk, Melo, Kidd and Tyson chandler!!! Man, that might make Melo change his mind and winds up parking his ass in Dallas... Houston has draft picks and young talent they could give up... It's a risk but I trully believe in the end, if Melo's resolve is tested with the possibility of leaving money on the table tdo to the new CBA just to sign with NY....... That is a leap of faith! I think he ends up resigning with whomever he is traded to unless it's Cleveland or Toronto....
That's why if Walsh wants Melo, they need to sweeten the pot. If you are the Knicks and want him you can not leave it to the off season and fate, you just can't too many outside factors that you can't control that will be working against you!
Get a new owner!!!
As interesting as hell as it would be to see Kobe and Melo suit up on the same team, I can't see it. This was leaked from Denver to get New York to try and up the offer or get New Jersey back into the talks.
Although I do believe the Lakers have considered this and discussed a deal with Denver because of Kobe aging, and Bynum not living up to his yet to be fulfilled potential. Kobe still has 2 years left at a high level before I see him fall completely off mainly because off his work ethic. With that in mind Melo would be the top dog for his prime years of 28 y.o.+ keeping L.A. in it for several more years, especially if the Dwight Howard rumors or even feasable then their window for titles would open right back up.
I doubt the lakers would want to trade bynum,he's one of their best defensive players and why would they trade him if the lakers are playing bad because of their defense?
So, they trade Bynum. Their D goes down by a factor of X.
But their offense goes up by a factor of X + 1
The latter scenario helps their team the most. Even if their current weakness becomes more weak.
What's funny is that Chris Broussard is continuing to report this without mentioning that this was something they lightly touched on way back in the summer. Denver or someone is using this to get more out of the knicks. Doesn't matter anyway because i'm sure Walsh, Dantoni or Dolan have people in the league who can tell them how serious this report is.
I doubt the Lakers would trade Bynum for Melo when they'd have a very unhappy Artest who would most likely get benched for Melo.
I'm also positive that the Nuggets won't want to get near Artest and his contract. Considering the Lakers need a good Center to keep the wear and tear off Gasol. Nene might be possible, but then the trade gets a whole lot more complicated with the salaries and Lakers having to give up even more.
Nugs are getting more desperate the closer the trade deadline looms. Should make for fun reading.
Melo also gives a good low post offensive option at the three and he can play proper D as well. His rebounds are decent and to me the Lakers get another star and have 3 stars with an amazing 6th man. That to me spells dominance.
I do however think that Denver will use this as leverage for us to give them two of the three people we want to keep and that is fine. With two stars and NY as a huge draw and maybe we can make it to the second round solid role players will take notice and want to play for us.