Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors Shift To West Coast, Lakers

02/08/2011 01:07 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A surprising new team has reportedly entered the fold in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes.

ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Tuesday that the Denver Nuggets have had discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers about a trade that would involve center Andrew Bynum and likely more players.

Broussard says that the proposed deal with LA , as it stands now, would not necessarily require a third team. A straight-up-deal involving Anthony and Bynum would technically work financially under the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement, but the Nuggets would likely also ask for expiring contracts from the Lakers in exchange for more players.

Yesterday, Broussard broke news about discussions between the Nuggets, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New York Knicks--who have long been considered favorites to land Anthony--about a deal that would send Anthony to New York.

Today, Broussard says the deal is still alive, but has been complicated by concerns over the Knicks forward Wilson Chandler, who would be a key part of that deal.

Anthony has been the subject of trade rumors since he declined to sign a 3-year, $65 million extension with the Nuggets last summer.

Last month, Lakers star Kobe Bryant called Nuggets fans "Idiots" for booing Anthony.


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