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Melo deal in holding pattern

Posted on: September 25, 2010 8:49 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2010 1:51 am
In the 24 hours since Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri and executive Josh Kroenke left New York City, where face-to-face negotiations with Nets officials rapidly transformed the Carmelo Anthony saga into a game of who blinks first, the discussions have stalled, according to officials familiar with the situation.

Two people with knowledge of the negotiations described them Saturday as stagnant, with a third person going so far as to say talks were "still developing." Anthony himself, watching the UCLA-Texas game from his Los Angeles home, was said to be telling friends simply that there was nothing new to report.

No news is ever good news with a trade this big and complicated, with stakes this high. And it appears that Denver's strategy to accelerate Anthony's trade demand into a full-blown poker game, with an unofficial deadline of Monday, could be jeopardizing the potential blockbuster that would send Anthony to the Nets.

"With every day that passes," said one executive not actively pursuing Anthony, "the bigger deals fall apart."

The talks were not there yet Saturday, with one source describing the slow-dancing tactic from Denver simply as "part of getting a deal done." But even management sources who've been confident from the beginning that Anthony would sign off on a trade to New Jersey recognize how many other things could go wrong in a trade of this magnitude.

As things stood Saturday, the Nuggets were still getting No. 3 pick Derrick Favors from the Nets and Andrei Kirilenko from the Jazz. Devin Harris would go from the Nets to the Bobcats, who would send Boris Diaw to Utah. New Jersey also would send two first-round picks to Denver -- its own and Golden State's protected first-round pick in 2012 -- and Quinton Ross to the Jazz. Charlotte continued to balk at sending point guard D.J. Augustin to the Nets, and New Jersey officials were seeking to expand the deal in the pursuit of a point guard to replace Harris.

Multiple executives monitoring the Melo developments believe that publicizing the four-team trade talks was an effort on Denver's part to solicit better offers from other teams. However, the list of teams believing they have a shot at getting Anthony to agree to an extension is short; he's made clear from the beginning that his first choice is New York, with Chicago, the Nets and possibly the Clippers also having a chance.

One team clearly not on Anthony's list, Cleveland, deserves to be mentioned nonetheless because sources indicate that Anderson Varejao is among the players Denver has targeted as an acceptable replacement asset for Anthony. The others are Kirilenko, Andre Iguodala and Gerald Wallace, a person with knowledge of the team's strategy said.

The anticipated avalanche of offers, however, did not appear to be forming Saturday. One team with an outside shot at getting Melo's approval was described by sources as "not trying." Also, an executive on the periphery of the talks described Denver's negotiating stance as "delusional."

Anthony's first choice, the Knicks, have the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and young players to offer, but lack the first-round picks Denver is seeking. However, team president Donnie Walsh is said to be in no frenzy to acquire an attractive first-rounder. Sources say Walsh is playing his own game of poker and is unwilling to jeopardize the progress he's made in rebuilding the Knicks' roster and cap position -- a monumental task over the past 2 1-2 years. He also knows that if Anthony wants to come to New York badly enough, he can arrange that as a free agent after the season.

The team with arguably the most attractive first-round pick to offer -- the Clippers, who own a 2011 first-rounder from Minnesota that is unprotected in 2012 -- were nowhere near the Melo talks Saturday, sources said.

While sources who predicted that completing the structure of the deal would be more difficult than getting Anthony's approval to re-sign with the Nets were validated with Saturday's developments, a significant roadblock on the Anthony front still exists. With Favors being sent to Denver in the proposed deal, leaving center Brook Lopez as the only potential All-Star on the roster besides Anthony, the soon-to-be-ex-Nugget was said to be "worried about going there by himself," according to one executive familiar with the situation.

Thus, a significant aspect of what Anthony is mulling is whether Chris Paul -- a fellow client of Creative Artists Agency's Leon Rose-William Wesley tandem -- would be willing to join him there. Anthony, however, would have to wait until 2012 when Paul can become a free agent. That would coincide with the Nets' move to Brooklyn, but a lot can -- and will -- happen between now and then: a new collective bargaining agreement, possibly a lockout, and two seasons for Anthony in Newark, which is only a few miles from the Seventh Avenue entrance to Madison Square Garden but is really light years away.




Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2011 5:31 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

Bulls draft picks will not be high enough compared to Nets'.  Also, Knicks can involve a 3rd or 4th team to take Anthony Randolph for a high first round pick and send it to Denver.  Eddie Curry has an expiring contract that is a good trading chip.  Felton, Chandler, Gallinari and whoever not named Amare can be traded.  Felton can be sent to a 3rd team who needs a PG and Denver can receive something else they want in return.  I thought Felton can replace Billups in Denver but obviously the Nuggets think Ty Lawson is good enough for them.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 6:44 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

If the Nuggets are smart, & stop considering these other much worse deals, Melo will be on the Nets by Monday or Tuesday

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2010 11:24 am

Melo deal in holding pattern

Well if Denver is the one holding up this deal then so what.  If you are going to limit a team to so few trade partners then you are going to have to wait and possibly not go period.  If the major part of a deal is expiring contracts well guess what that is exactly what you have if you don't move him.  If you are going to rebuild your team anyway then only accept a trade that makes sense for your organization you obviously don't owe a player who is refusing to honor his contract for a poor if any reason at all.  Picks like all things are subjective!  A couple first round picks sound good but on many drafts no one drafted high turns out to be anything but journeyman players that can be picked up for mid level exceptions at the most.

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 4:25 am

Melo deal in holding pattern

Going to the Nets doesnt sound like a bad idea for Melo. They have a new arena coming. They have popular and rich owners. Melo's biggest concern has to be attracting another star player such as Chris Paul to join him. Aside from the Bulls which would be a perfect situation I think the Nets would be the perfect place to land. Too bad Melo probably doesnt trust the team enough to make things happen and provide a solid supporting cast.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 2:39 am

Melo deal in holding pattern

I could see him possibly signing a 1-2 year extension with the Nets or something like that, but I think the Nets are looking to lock him up for at least the next 4-5 years. That's why the deal will probably fall through. I don't think Melo wants to be the Nets franchise player, he may tolerate playing in Newark for a year or 2 max before wanting to go to the team that he really wants to join, the Knicks. But if you think about it, if Melo does join the Nets for a couple years.. what good is that? After the Nets give up all their best players and prospects in any deal for him he'll have only Brook Lopez to play with and that ain't gonna cut it, they probably won't even make it to the playoffs. The only way it would work is if Melo signed to at least 4 years and then toward the end of the contract the team might be ready to compete. Just don't think Melo wants to wait while the Nets rebuild again and spend 2-3 years to looking for a ton of pieces for him to team with. If Melo joins the Knicks, he's got Amare and Gallo, all the team would need to acquire is a good point guard and if they don't .. they still have Felton who isn't too shabby of a guard. That team would be ready to compete almost immediately or in very little time. Melo needs to just play out his term in Denver or at least half the season before departing, if he has any plans of forming a real team with the Knicks. That's where he can start a true legacy, not just as a player but as a team member on a legitimate team that he will be a big piece of the puzzle in the creation of. This could be the best Knicks team ever formed, its all in Melo's hands. Money shouldn't be a huge issue, playing for a big market team in the city of New York should get him plenty of side deals and endorsements which will make him filthy rich no matter what.

Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2010 2:06 am

Melo deal in holding pattern

Go Melo Go.  The streets of Denver will be much safer without you driving drunk on them!

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 12:25 am

Melo deal in holding pattern

"Anthony's first choice, the , have the expiring contract of " The Nuggets aren't dumb enough to take the hefty contract of Curry (expiring or not) for a superstar.  The best (& probably only) chance they have of a good return for Melo is doing this deal now

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 12:11 am

Melo deal in holding pattern

Thanks for setting it right.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 12:07 am

Melo deal in holding pattern

As  a Knicks fan, THIS IS THE BEST ARTICLE REGARADING ANTHONY THAT I'VE SEEN IN TWO DAYS!!!!  There are soooo many points made in this article that say, he aint going to Jersey, he's holding out for NEW YORK!!!  From the "if Anthony wants to come to New York badly enough, he can arrange that as a free agent after the season", from Dolan, to the trade posssibilities with the Clippers and Cavaliers, to the "worried about going there by himself" comments from Anthony, you have to believe if you're a Knicks fan!  BELIEVE NEW YORK, BELIEVE!!!

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 11:14 pm

Melo deal in holding pattern

Newark is a crime infested sh!thole that is a gazillion light-years away from the greatest city on earth. It's such a p!sshole even crackheads and hos are ashamed to say they live there. The 9/11 terrorists almost didn't do the attack when they mistakenly looked at Newark and thought someone else already beat them to it...

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