Tuesday , Feb , 05 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Denver Nuggets Should Think Carefully Before Acquiring Ron Artest Or Sam Cassell

Yet, despite their success trade rumors are flying. The media has linked Ron Artest and Sam Cassell to the Nuggets like TMZ links actors to a certain California socialite. So why is Denver contemplating change? What effect would Ron-Ron and/or Gollum have in The Mile High City? …

Denver Nuggets Should Think Carefully Before Acquiring Ron Artest Or Sam Cassell

My AM Take: If it isn’t broke don’t fix it. The Denver Nuggets should remember this saying before changing their team with a major trade.

After all, the Nuggets are shining with a 29-18 record. And last night, second-capo Allen Iverson twice nailed clutch OT jumpers to seal a win against the upstart Portland Trail Blazers.

Yet, despite their success trade rumors are flying. The media has linked Ron Artest and Sam Cassell to the Nuggets like TMZ links actors to a certain California socialite.

So why is Denver contemplating change? What effect would Ron-Ron and/or Gollum have in The Mile High City?

Quite often, major trades –like the Lakers’ acquisition of Pau Gasol- force other teams to consider making their own blockbuster move. It’s referred to as the domino theory. An initial trade leads to other trades. Right now, the Nuggets –like the rest of the NBA- are reacting to the Gasol deal. They’re trying to determine if this is the first of many trades to come.

Perception is also important. To appease fans, Denver’s front office must appear like they’re trying to improve. So in a sense, recent trade rumors are positive because they reassure the team’s fans.

On paper, Artest and Cassell could help the Nuggets. Both are talented. But both have explosive personalities that can destroy any team-let alone a squad full of head strong talent.

How much swagger is too much? The Nuggets already have Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, and Marcus Camby. Is there room for Artest? Can a mellower George Karl still manage Cassell?  

Perhaps, Denver should stick with what they have. It’s not broke. And it doesn’t need fixing.

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