Carmelo Anthony reported to the Denver Nuggets on Monday, but former Nets -- and current Bucks -- guard Chris Douglas-Roberts believes that New Jersey needs to find a way to acquire Anthony.
Details of a complex four-team trade that would send Anthony to the Nets surfaced late last week, with New Jersey rumored to be surrendering 2010 No. 3 overall pick Derrick Favors, former all-star point guard and University of Wisconsin standout Devin Harris, as well as multiple future first-round picks.
With Douglas-Roberts enduring the difficult 12-win season with the Nets in 2009-10, the new Milwaukee Bucks guard believes his former team should do whatever it takes to get the three-time All-Star to New Jersey.
"I think Carmelo is definitely worth it," he said of including Favors, Harris and other valuable assets in a possible trade. "If you’re an organization and you’re struggling a little bit, you have to go find someone like a Carmelo Anthony. If you can get him, by all means get him."
Douglas-Roberts was drafted by the Nets 40th overall in 2008 and played two seasons there before being traded to Milwaukee in June in exchange for a 2012 second-round pick.
Part of the hold-up in the proposed deal is whether Anthony would agree to sign the three-year extension with New Jersey that he has been declining to sign all summer with Denver.
Douglas-Roberts isn’t sure if he’d still sign off on the deal if Anthony declined to sign the extension.
"If I was the GM," he began, before pausing, "I don’t know. I’m not really into the Nets like that. Maybe, maybe."