We really don't know yet.
Melo is a max player and he's worth every penny. He's a top 10 player in the NBA.
Melo's a better player. But Danny's an all star, a hard worker and wants to be here. Melo, is in with the Lebron/Wade clique.
I'd rather have Danny.
I've watched dozens of games with Carmelo, and I don't think he's a much better player than Danny. He's better, but not by much.
Carmelo has more options inside the arc to score, but Danny's better the further away from the rim you get on offense. On defense I give Danny the edge by a little, but when he wants to play defense, that edge can get larger. They're very similar players in the end results, but each have different ways of getting the job done.
That said, I'll take the guy who wants to be here and will make several million dollars a year less for the small talent difference.
I don't think Melo is as good as people make him out to be. Really I don't see much difference between Melo and Granger. Even if Melo is clearly a better player, I don't think his contract would be worth the slight improvement. Having Granger not only makes it easier to re-sign our young players, but would also make it easier to sign someone who would be a much more significant upgrade at PF than Melo would be at SF.
They really just aren't all that similar. Danny cannot create his own offense, Melo can. I can't stress enough how big a difference this is.
Melo is a better ball handler, a better passer, has a post game, rebounds better, and I don't really get the claims that Danny is better on defense, Danny blocks a few shots, but he hasn't played defense in 2-3 years.
If it included a max/long term contract to ensure Melo was retained, ABSOLUTELY. It's not even close, a trade like that would no doubt require more from the Pacer's end.
I'd take Melo without thinking twice. I love Danny, but Melo's simply the better player.
Hasn't Melo been caught with weed a couple of times? Seems like I also remember reading something about questionable character, too.
Maybe I have him confused with someone else.
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Melo is a tough customer. He is right between Lebron and Danny.
Yes, I'd do this trade only if Melo signs a long term extension. I really love Danny's game but IMHO Melo is the more talented player. Think if we could get a line up like this:
I think that could be a pretty nasty line-up in the east.
My fear is Carmelo's character, not his talent. It's obvious he's more talented then Danny, but I like Danny's attitude and maturity level way more. I wonder if Carmelo would be able to mesh with the guys on the team.
If melo would resign then yes.
Not only is he the better player but it would attract better players to Indy because melo is a top talent in the league.
People won't come here to play with Danny.
I wouldn't do it.
1. Significantly more dollars for Carmello once he re-signed, meaning far fewer dollars available to obtain help for him.
2. This team still needs improvement at several postions in order to become a contender. The difference between Carmello and Granger is "x", but the difference between what we have and what we need at SG and PF is "x+y". In other words, we have other positions that require far more improvement for us to contend than what we gain in going form Granger to Carmello. We have a pretty darn good wing in Granger, let's concentrate on improving other positions. Otherwise, you become better because you now have Carmello, but you still have your work cut out for you because we still fall far short at SG and PF.
Melo has had Billups, Martin, Birdman, and other talent around him. Granger hasnt really had much to work with esp a pg.
Would rather have Granger at 11M, than Melo at 16M. plus now that Granger has a pg, and other talent around him, I think he will improve overall as a player. Less energy exerted on the offensive end, and defenses not being able to focus on him only. I dont think Melo is that much better.
Melo's is a bonafide NBA superstar. Yes, I believe he's in the class of LeBron,Kobe Wade, Chris Paul and whoever else you want to put in that group. The NBA is a superstar driven deal. I like DG as much as the next guy, but if you have the chance to upgrade, you do it. However, it's a moot point because there's no reason why Carmello would sign an extension in Indiana if he's not going to sign one in Denver.
IMO Carmelo is a level below Kobe, Lebron, Wade, etc. Would I trade them straight up? Probably, but I don't think it makes the Pacers much better.