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So where do we stand with Carmelo Anthony?

Posted on: August 30, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2010 12:33 pm
Posted by Royce Young

News about Carmelo Anthony's potential departure from Denver started coming out about a month ago. First it was Ken Berger's report saying Melo wanted to play in New York. Then Ric Bucher of ESPN informed the world that Melo was pretty much a lock to be moved. Everything cooled a bit, but then Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! came along to shake the tree once again.

All signs (and news) points to Anthony leaving Denver. But that doesn't mean that new general manager Masai Ujiri isn't going to try and pull a Dell Demps and salvage the relationship. Nuggets executive Josh Kroenke already had a meeting with Melo, but Wojnarowski reported it didn't go that great. Now Ujiri will meet with Anthony and try and convince him of the Nuggets plan. This goes against Wojnarowski's report that said Denver was basically finished talking to Anthony. But then again, it might just be a front by the Nuggets to put on the appearance that they're desperately trying to keep Melo.

"I love Melo," Ujiri told The Denver Post . "I grew up in this league with Melo, kind of. It was my first years in the league, and I watched him grow. The Denver Nuggets want to keep Melo, and that's our priority. Carmelo is the Denver Nuggets, he's the city of Denver. He's done so well on this team. So we're going to deal with the issue full force."

Ujiri will have to sell Anthony on the chance to win. He can't convince him that he can maximize marketing in Denver. He can't convince him that his profile will rise. He can't convince him that his wife will get to be closer to bright lights. He can't convince him of a lot of things. But he does have the ability to tell Anthony that the Nuggets are good enough to win now and that he has plan to     make them better. But Melo doesn't want to test free agency because he'll likely lose millions because of the new CBA and if he had interest in staying with Denver, he'd have signed that three-year extension weeks ago.

So it comes to down to Ujiri's pitch and if that doesn't work, then it's off to finding a suitor. Whether that's now or later, the Nuggets have the most leverage by making a move sooner than later. And one interesting thing to go with this: As John Hollinger of ESPN mentioned, if Denver trades Anthony, there's really no point in them hanging on to Chauncey Billups in his last year of a contract either. Which of course makes this whole thing so much more intriguing.

A lot of teams are popping up as destinations for Anthony, with some making a lot more sense than others. Sam Amico of reports that three teams lead the pack for the Nuggets right now and that's the Timberwolves, Kings and Nets. But the biggest key in a deal for any team willing to give away assets to get Anthony is if he's willing to sign an immediate extension with his new team. And other than the Nets, those teams haven't really been a prime location for Anthony, if we're to believe the multiple reports out about where he prefers to sign.

Right now, the Rockets, Knicks, Magic, Hornets, Clippers, Bobcats, Timberwolves, Kings, Nets and Warriors have all been mentioned. In other words, basically one-third of the league. And of course, there's always the possibility that Anthony will stay with Denver. I think the serious contenders here are the Rockets, Magic, Knicks, Clippers and Nets. But that's just my own personal inclination.

While the Bobcats have the Jordan connection, the Warriors have nice assets to offer, the Wolves have picks, the Hornets have the draw of Chris Paul and the Kings have, well, I'm not really sure, I think you can eliminate them all. Anthony is going to go somewhere he's happy with and I can't see one of those destinations making sense for him, especially with all the hassle he's going through getting out of Denver.

Anthony is almost assuredly headed out of the Rockies. But that's not stopping Ujiri from trying to salvage the situation at the eleventh hour. It's unlikely he can convince Anthony to stay, but you definitely can't blame him for the effort.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 6:06 pm

So where do we stand with Carmelo Anthony?

Interesting read. I agree that Carmelo is not Lebron. He was never seen as the savior that would single handedly bring multiple championships to the city. There will be no "Decision". He is not as awful a human being, though he has had his share of troubles in Denver. Denver will not be as devastated as Cleveland when he leaves. That's for certain.

You have to admit that there are some disturbing links to James, though. They came into the league together. They played on Team USA together. They travel in the same circles. They both have strong connections to Chris Paul (who is clearly trying to get himself into a three superstar situation). They both seem to have one eye off the basketball court.

Kobe staying in LA is not comparable to Carmelo staying in Denver. The Lakers are the marquee franchise in the NBA playing in Hollywood. The Nuggets are th Nuggets. I don't doubt that Carmelo would stay if he were playing for the Lakers.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:49 pm

So where do we stand with Carmelo Anthony?

I respect the commentary, but I would suggest the following as recommended reading:

The rumblings of leaving town seem similar, but I think Melo's relationship with the team and Coach Karl is much better than LeBron's.  I think Melo's outlook on life is better than LeBrons.  We obviously really know so little about these stars, but I don't think we will have "The Decision" on a live Prime Time broadcast.  Denver also won't be as broken hearted as Cleveland if he leaves.  This is a football town anyway and we've actually won NFL and NHL titles here, not to mention a National Championship in NCAA football right down the road in Boulder.

You won't get anything near equal value if you trade Melo.  And just because LeBron went to the Heat shouldn't overshadow that things have gone the other way.  Kobe stayed in LA even when it looked like he wouldn't.  Tim Duncan stayed in San Antonio.  Carmelo might just stay in Denver.  Even if he doesn't, it would mean one more year of big crowds at Pepsi Center and taking one more playoff shot before the team is scrapped.

Also, the Nuggets draft history is awful.  We have one good draft a decade or so.  Melo and Mutumbo were no brainers.  Ty Lawson is gonna be a star if he stays healthy.  That's about it for a long long time going back.

Keep Melo and hope for the best.  Don't get too upset if he leaves.  That's what I suggest.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:52 pm

So where do we stand with Carmelo Anthony?

That's the same strategy that left Cleveland holding the bag. The Cavs had the best record in the league and the number one seed in the playoffs. Whatshisname still stuck it to them. Of course, we know now he was planning his exit for several years so you could question whether he even gave his full effort in the playoffs (since he was clearly the reason they exited prematurely). Obviously, winning would have made it even more difficult to justify leaving.

Carmelo has also likely been planning his exit from Denver for several years. The Nuggets have been a competitive, playoff team every year since he's been in town. They continue to make moves to try to upgrade the team. The roster is clearly better than all of the teams that are being mentioned as trade partners (except Orlando). He still won't sign a very generous extension offer. To me that says it's not just about winning, as much as they all say it is. Denver is a fantastic city and a great sports town but a typical NBA star of today (and their MTV wife) couldn't appreciate it the way they appreciate NY, Miami, LA, etc.

He's already gone. Trade him now and get what you can. This season will go from promising to miserable but the franchise can set itself up for a better future.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:19 pm

So where do we stand with Carmelo Anthony?

I don't think the Nuggets should even bother moving Carmelo Anthony.  Here's an idea of how to keep him, just don't move him this year and try to push to return to the Conference Finals against the Lakers.  The Nuggets were treated like free agent losers this summer and that's fine.  A lot of people don't like Al Harrington.  That's fine, but the Nuggets might be a surprise.  The guy can put up points and get rebounds and the Nuggets can use that.  People didn't like the Nuggets chances last year, but they were very competitive in the West until George Carl got sick and then they slumped to the number 4 seed.  If Carl is back, if the Nuggets stay healthy, and if a lot of other ifs come through, why can't the Nuggets compete? 

The big free agent moves were in the East.  If anything things out West got easier.  If the Nuggets go back to the playoffs and win two series and then most likely lose against an aging Lakers team why wouldn't Melo come back?  If it's about going to the Finals, I like his chances of waiting out Kobe's retirement and decline, and Phil Jackson is sure to go soon too, and seeking to fill the void left by the Lakers slowing down.  If Melo moves out East have fun trying to get into the finals past the Heat and Magic every year in New York.  Those teams are young and built for the long haul. 

Don't bother moving Melo now.  Make him play out his final season here.  If the first half is a disaster then move him before the trade deadline and you can still get value.  Melo is under contract to play in Denver.  Pack the Pepsi Center for at least one more year.  Take advantage of the talent.  Ty Lawson, Chauncey Billups, Aaron Afflolo, Carmelo and Nene are good players.  They can win a lot of games.  Roll the dice and if the Nuggets compete and win playoff games then chances are Melo stays.

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:30 am

So where do we stand with Carmelo Anthony?

Carmelo has a tough decision to make. If he leaves , he has to go to a team where he can win right now. If he stays the Nuggets have to build a team around him that can stop the Lakers from winning the West. Carmelo will have to think this one all the way out. I would sign for the next three years and lock uo the money. The team now is not back , they just fell apart in the playoffs. With some free agency help and more team play , they can be good in the west. To me it seems like soem player are running to the East to avoid Kobe and the Lakers. Just something to think about. Stay in Denver Carmelo and get your money and make the playoffs and do your thing.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:05 am

So where do we stand with Carmelo Anthony?

Hey Melo, come to Houston, weather is nice down here.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:50 pm

So where do we stand with Carmelo Anthony?

As a life long Denver sports fan all I can say about Melo is bye bye, see ya, nice knowing ya, it's been fun but it's never been real fun. I wasn't real found of him when he got drafted by the Nuggs but then I really did grow to like him. But, now I just want him out and out quickly. If Denver is going to have to rebuild they might as well do it with some one who wants to be there. Bad thing about the NBA though it looks like even though Denver is a great sports town unless you have 2 other superstars on the roster no one wants to be anywhere.

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