When he's not coordinating our coverage of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State sports — and dealing with photo assignments, credential requests and a million other details — The Oklahoman's assistant sports editor Ryan Sharp is developing quite an obsession with the NBA.

I know this because I sit right across from him, which is where I was today when ESPN reported the Los Angeles Lakers are exploring a trade with Denver for Carmelo Anthony. Which prompted Ryan to ask, "Could this clear the way for the Nuggets to trade Nene to the Thunder for Jeff Green?"

Great question. Important question.

Check the logic: The Nuggets would likely ask for Lakers 24-year-old center Andrew Bynum. The Nuggets would then have an incentive to deal Nene and his $11 million-a-year contract. Deal him for Green and they'd get a small forward replacement for Carmelo and a glue player who might help their rebuilding efforts dodge lottery land.

In Nene, the Thunder would gain a 29-year-old center who is better offensively (15.3 points, 64.4 field-goal percentage) than defensively. His 7.3 rebounds are a tad light for a 7-footer. But he's an athletic post presence with 39 playoff games under his belt.

It also gives Oklahoma City the South American Berry Tramel has long coveted. If OKC would have done the Anderson Varejao deal ESPN's Marc Stein wrote about last month, I'm pretty sure Berry would have asked to be reassigned to the Thunder beat.

On a slightly more serious note: The deal also works under the salary cap if the Thunder includes Mo Peterson's expiring deal. Nene has an $11 million player option for next season that he most likely would exercise.

On a much more serious note: Would the Thunder seriously consider trading Jeff Green? OKC risks losing him as a restricted free agent this summer if another team offers him a deal it won't match. I know there are fans in Oklahoma City who say let him go, who would do the Nene deal every day and twice on Sunday. I'm not one of them because I watch these games and see the value Green brings.