Since Denver and New Jersey need a third team involved in any trade involving Melo, Indiana would seem to be an excellent third partner. Larry Bird is in a make or break year as GM, and needs to make a bold move. Here is the scenario:
Melo, JR Smith
New Jersey Trades:
New Jersey Gets:
Melo, JR Smith and TJ Ford
TJ Ford and Mike Dunleavy
Devin Harris and Travis Outlaw
This works on the RealGM Trade Checker - #5699926
Denver gets two solid big men and versatile small forward in Dunleavy (Dunleavy and Murphy have expiring contracts). Jersey gets their star in Melo (who will sign the extension because he gets to live in NY and stay with his homey JR), and some outside shooting/scoring with JR Smith. Indiana unloads TJ Ford and gets a solid PG in Harris and scoring forward in Outlaw. Bird saves his job!
We will have to wait until December 15 to do the deal due to Outlaw, but this seems like a no-brainer for all 3 teams. Let's get this done!