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Offers starting to pop up for Carmelo

Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:40 pm
Posted by Royce Young

There's no telling how many times Masai Ujiri's phone has already rang. Some were probably congratulatory calls on his new position with the Nuggets, but I'm guessing 95 percent of them have included the words "Carmelo Anthony," "trade" and "we'll offer."

And according to John Rothstein of the MSG Network, the Bulls have already inquired offering up a package that includes Taj Gibson and Luol Deng. That doesn't mean that is the offer, but it means that the Bulls are reportedly offering a deal that includes those two players. Rothstein also reported that the Nets have made a few calls, but any trade discussions with Denver aren't including Brook Lopez. Smart move there by the Nets.

Those are just two of the teams reportedly interested in Anthony though. We've heard the Kings, the Warriors, the Hornets, the Timberwolves, the Knicks, the Magic and the Rockets all pop up as well along with the Nets and Bulls.

What's interesting about any offer that comes in to the Denver front office is figuring out what the Nuggets are aftet? Is it talent? Is it assets? Is it picks? It's pretyy well agreed upon that Denver won't get equal return on Anthony, but just because you trade a star doesn't mean you can't come out sunny on the other side.

Jeremy Wagner of Roundball Mining Company put together an interest list of offers from fellow team bloggers. He ranked them and interestingly, both offers from the Nets' bloggers didn't include Lopez and Wagner didn't like the offers. Devin Harris, Terrence Williams and some picks isn't doing much for a Nuggets fan and it's likely not doing much for Ujiri either.

Ujiri reportedly will meet with Anthony soon and told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! that he wants Anthony to be a Nugget. But Ujiri also said that the door hasn't closed on the possibility of trading. Of course Ujiri would prefer not to trade Carmelo because replacing the face of your franchise is almost impossible to do in a trade, but sometimes your hand is forced. And in this situation, that appears to be the case. The phone calls are going to keep coming for Ujiri, and not very many will involve much congratulations.

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:48 pm

Offers starting to pop up for Carmelo

How much can a team afford to offer if they are not certain Melo will sign an extension?  Unless the Nuggets trade Melo to a team he wants to go to and will sign an extension - all other teams are only getting a short term player.  Only a contender who thinks Melo can put them over the top this season should make an offer.  This is why it will be very hard to get good value.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 7:01 pm

Offers starting to pop up for Carmelo

Well that's interesting Carmelo Anthony don't all those teams that want you suck?...except for the Magic.  The Knicks stink.  The Timberwolves are terrible.  The Rockets have potential, but Houston as a city is not a great place to end up.  The Hornets have issues.  CP3 should rather come here than bring Melo to him.  The Bulls are a good squad, but the Nuggets should axe that.  Taj Gibson and Luol Deng?  That's a ham sandwich and a bag of chips.  The Warriors and Kings?  Wrong part of California and records on the wrong side of .500.  What do the Magic have to give for value?  Vince Carter?  The guy said he was giving up dunking then got old blown out knees and really has pretty much given up dunking against his will...  Why take Jameer Nelson when you've got Ty Lawson.  I saw Gortat in the finals 2 years ago and he was good....where did he go during last year's playoffs?  And the Magic won't even have good draft picks.  The Nets...uh yeah, you guys were flirting with 10 wins.  The 2002-2003 Nuggets think that records stinks.  Not only can the Nuggets not do better and get anywhere near matching value....Melo would really struggle to get matching value for what he has in Denver too.  Let's say he did go to NYC with CP3 in tow.  Are the Knicks really better than the Celtics, Heat, or Magic in that scenario or even the Bulls for that matter?  The Knicks are very likely the 4th best team in the East in that scenario and the Nuggets are already a top 4 team in the now easier West even with losing George Karl's coaching leadership for months.

Until Andris Biedrins and his sweet free throw shooting is on the table... NO DEAL!!!!

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