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Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

Posted on: September 15, 2010 8:26 pm
 
One month after Carmelo Anthony’s high-powered team of advisers first began pressuring the Denver Nuggets to trade him, the superstar scorer has not wavered in his desire to be dealt, multiple sources told CBSSports.com.

“There’s no sign of reconsideration on Carmelo’s part, despite what [Denver] has publicly said,” said one of the people involved in the process.

The two sides remain locked in a stalemate over Anthony’s future while a three-year, $65 million extension offer sits untouched in front of him. While Nuggets officials – including influential adviser Bret Bearup and executive Josh Kroenke – continue to rebuff trade inquiries while hoping to repair the franchise’s relationship with Anthony, privately the team is beginning to examine which teams would have the most attractive combination of young players, draft picks and expiring contracts to complete a deal. And the team currently viewed by people close to the situation as having the most realistic chance of putting together a blockbuster, perhaps multi-team deal for Anthony is the New Jersey Nets.

“They’re working the hardest to get a deal done,” one of the sources said.

With No. 3 overall pick Derrick Favors, multiple extra draft picks, and Devin Harris, whose $8.98 million contract could be parlayed into a serviceable replacement for Anthony in a three-team trade, New Jersey has the makings of a package that would appeal to Nuggets officials, one of the people with knowledge of Denver’s strategy said. The key, according to the person, would be involving a third team to convert Harris into something the Nuggets would view as “decent replacement value” for Anthony.

That is where another team equipped with attractive assets could enter the picture, multiple sources said: the Philadelphia 76ers. New team president Rod Thorn and GM Ed Stefanski – who formerly worked together in New Jersey – could be central to constructing a deal that would compel the Nuggets to move Anthony rather than endure a season-long distraction that ends with Anthony leaving as a free agent after the season. The key pieces of the Philadelphia equation would be the expiring contracts of Jason Kapono ($6.64 million) and Willie Green ($3.98 million), a young talent such as Thaddeus Young, and Andre Iguodala, who is coming off a solid contribution to Team USA’s gold-medal performance at the FIBA World Championships. Some executives believe the Sixers would at least discuss including No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner if it meant getting Anthony, but that would defeat the purpose of going over the luxury tax to get Anthony in the first place.

Thorn drafted Favors, so that is one piece that is expected to be integral to the discussion once the Nuggets officially begin seeking trade packages for Anthony. The dropoff in talent from Anthony to Iguodala is considerable, but so is the savings; Iguodala is due $44 million over the next three seasons, compared to the $65 million Anthony would command. Two people familiar with Denver’s strategy confirmed the Nuggets would be intrigued by a deal centered around Iguodala. The Nets could sweeten any such offer with Golden State’s 2012 first-round pick and two extra second-round picks they own in the same draft.

A package sending Anthony to the Nets, Favors to Philadelphia and Iguodala to Denver is one way all of these moving parts could come together. But Thorn is said to have reservations about such a deal, which has yet to rise to the level of discussion among the teams.

The situation is complicated by the difficulty in putting enough assets in the deal to satisfy the Nuggets, who don’t want the first move of GM Masai Ujiri’s regime to be trading the team’s cornerstone. Even more crucial is the need for Anthony to indicate he’d be willing to sign an extension with the team that acquires him. It is believed that Anthony, a Brooklyn native whose wife, LaLa Vasquez, also is from there, would sign off on a deal to the Nets, who move to the New York City borough in two years. It is not clear how Anthony would feel about signing an extension with Philadelphia, a city that is halfway between his New York birthplace and the Washington, D.C., area where he grew up. The Sixers were not on Anthony’s initial list of preferred destinations, which included the Knicks, Magic, Bulls and Nets. Anthony, who is good friends with former Sixers star Allen Iverson, also is aware of how harshly Philadelphia treats its sports stars, a person with knowledge of his thinking said.

The Bulls are viewed by one source as “not a realistic candidate” due to the team’s unwillingness at this point to include Joakim Noah in the deal. The Bulls and Noah are currently negotiating an extension. The Knicks, Anthony’s first choice, are viewed by rival executives as not having enough assets to entice the Nuggets. New York has Eddy Curry’s $11.3 million expiring contract, promising big man Anthony Randolph, and swingman Wilson Chandler, but the team’s draft-pick cupboard is bare. Adding to the frustration among Nuggets officials, sources say, is that Anthony’s team has been slow to offer a comprehensive list of trade possibilities.

As the Nuggets walk the tightrope between getting value for Anthony and trying to compel him to reconsider and sign the extension, other factors are in play. Ujiri, a former Nuggets scout who was with the organization when Anthony was drafted, just lived through the nightmare of losing star Chris Bosh in Toronto. Ujiri was part of the management team that decided not to trade Bosh at the February 2010 trade deadline, and Bosh bolted to join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Miami. The Raptors got a trade exception and two first-round picks – small consolation for the loss of the team’s franchise player.

Which is exactly what the Nuggets are trying to avoid, one way or another.
Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

It is to the point in the NBA, that something has to give. The players cannot dictate to what they must have if they are in the middle of an existing contract. The way the players are treated and wgat they are allowed to do is pretty sick. Nobody should be omnipotent from a signed deal. The owners must stop this nonsense and also stop guaranteed contracts. In te real world we must all produce to keep out jobs. In pro sports, once a player has signed a contract, he can get fat, lazy, become an addict, pout, anything and get paid. Not the American way. Honestly, whatever happens to Anthony is no big deal. What he does is shoot, shoot, and shoot again, no defense and very little rebounding. Luck to the Nets or whoever winds up with this guy.





Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2010 11:27 am
 

Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

and if we lose Noah then we will be a Center away...

Melos is a top 10 SCORER in the league, but with him and no Center we have NO DEFENSE. not from Rose, certainly not from Boozer and not from Melo. We can find points without Melo. But if we have no D and we just light up the scoreboard, what happens when you face a team like the Lakers who can score the rock AND stop the rock? You get blown out.

We need Noah more than a scorer. We will find points without Melo.



Since: Sep 3, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2010 11:16 am
 

Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

The Bulls missed out on Garnett then Kobe then Gasol then Wade & Lebron. We need Melo but the incompetent Bulls Gm will not get it done history say's.



Since: Sep 3, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2010 11:12 am
 

Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

The Bulls need scoring, As a Bulls fan I love Noah and his work ethic but the Bulls are an AllStar player away from contending they have to pull the trigger on this but probably won't.



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2010 11:12 am
 

Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

not for nothing but shaq won a title without kobe as well....I believe the next year....not knocking kobe cause he's the man...but I think it's safe to say at the time neither would have won a title without the other



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:58 am
 

Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

Well Chump-I agree the NBA IS A jOKE!
JUST HAPPENED TO READ THIS BECAUSE MY SIXERS WERE INVOLVED.

I DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BERGER OR BERGER BASHING, BUT I WILL SAY HE HAD ME VERY VERY CONFUSED FOR SEVERAL MINUTES BECAUSE HE SPOKE OF THE SIXERS GETTING MELO-SO I WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE HECK THE NETS HAD TO DO W/THIS DEAL. AFTER FINALLY DECIDING TO MOVE ON AND FINISH ARTICLE I FIGURED IT OUT! AT THE END.

BERGER FINALLY SAID WHAT THE DEAL WAS. AND IT WASN'T GETTING CARMELO ANTHONY!

THE SIXERS WERE GETTING DERICK FAVORS

UNLESS BERGER WAS TALKING ABOUT TWO SEPERATE DEALS-I CAN SEE HOW THERE IS BERGER BASHING IF THESE TYPE OF THINGS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME!!!

P.S.   I AM SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING HOW WE PHILLY FANS R SO RUFF ON OUR STARS!  A.I. IS A JOKE WHO WOULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL IF HE DIDN'T HAVE THE NBA AND MCNABB IS THE MOST INACTURATE PASSER IN THE LEAGUE WHO TAKES US TO 5-FIVE-FIVE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES-WINS ONE AND BLOWS THE SUPERBOWL GAME IN THE FIRST QUARTER WHEN WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN UP 17-0--THAN PUKS!
ALL THAT SAID I CAN ADMIT THAT R BOTH WINNERS W/ HUGE HEARTS ON THE PLAYING SURFACE!
THAT CAN ONLY GET U SO FAR. PEACE!













Since: Mar 1, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:51 am
 

Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

MELO and CP3 to the Knicks PLEASE!!!!!! I don't care how it gets done!! Dolan, sell your soul to the devil!!!



Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2010 8:59 am
 

Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

To the people saying the Bulls shouldn't trade Noah to get Carmello, ARE YOU CRAZY??? Yeah, the Bulls have done nice with Noah.. But Carmello Anthony is easy a Top 10 player in the league.. Kobe, Wade, Lebron, Howard, Durant, Paul, Deron Williams, Dirk, maybe Nash(age & back back), but thats it.. And you can debate whether the bottom half of that list, Paul, Deron Williams, Dirk are even better than Carmello.. Carmello can score 30 points a night and rebound his share. Noah is an undersized Center, who hustles and plays defense.. I know you need defense to win. But you also have to score more points than your opponent too!!! There is NO ONE on the Bulls, I wouldn't trade for Carmello but Derrick Rose.. Even the recently aquired, Carlos Boozer, would be gone if I could get Carmello..



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2010 8:52 am
 

Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

Silly of the Bulls and those who feel this way that a Noah for Anthony trade would not be a good one for the Bulls.  Anthony is clearly one of the top 10 players in the league for atleast the next 3 - 5 years, can't say that for Noah.  Put Anthony out there with Rose and a healthy Boozer and they have the making of a three-some to rival others in this league.  Noah's hustle, rebounding, and shot blocking could be made up but the legitimate scorer that Anthony is only would spread the floor and enhance the Bull's offensively.  Sometimes you have to give up something to get something.  They thought that way years ago when they could have had Garnett for Deng & a package.  Clearly when you can get a top 10 NBA talent for lessor talent, you go for it...



Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2010 8:37 am
 

Nets, Sixers add intrigue to Melo saga

Ditto!!


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