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Carmelo Anthony's list now stands at 4 or more?

Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 11:52 pm
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony offers an update on his potential landing spots. Posted by Ben Golliver. carmelo-anthony

Carmelo Anthony wants to be in New York City, but it's not that simple. After New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled his offer for Anthony off the table recently, the Denver Nuggets were left to assess the options for their All-Star forward: trade him to the Knicks with an extension, trade him to a team on a rental-only basis, or ride it out for the rest of the season and pray that he somehow decides to stick around.

Lost in that decision-making process, just a bit, was that Anthony was left to re-assess his options after New Jersey pulled out too. In a weird way, the Nets actually helped Anthony's chances of landing in New York more quickly, as their ridiculously high bid necessarily raised New York's offer for Anthony, hopefully to a level that would meet Denver's standards for an agreeable trade. Without New Jersey, the Knicks are free to offer pennies on the dollar and/or wait until the summer, which serves to keep Anthony in place in a stressful, difficult environment where he's getting booed regularly.

The solution? Create a new market. The Denver Post reports that Anthony agreed that there are now four teams in contention for his services.
I Asked: Are the options strictly New Jersey, New York, Chicago, Denver?
Melo said, “Yeah. But I really can’t say it’s just those, because I don’t really know (what could happen).”
Yahoo! Sports reported the current state of some of those options.
One of Anthony’s agents, William Wesley, is still working the Bulls, sources said, and New York president Donnie Walsh wisely continues to show restraint in talks with Denver.
And as one NBA executive close to the Denver and New Jersey front offices insisted on Tuesday: “I’ve seen better acting in soap operas than [Mikhail] Prokhorov’s performance. The Nets will be back in this thing, but they’ll be back in on their terms – not Denver’s.”
Chicago has never felt like a truly plausible location for Anthony. The Bulls simply have too much to lose, aren't desperate enough and have a solid franchise player in place with a coach whose philosophy is helping to maximize his effectiveness. They're a piece away, sure, but inefficient scoring and big rebounding numbers from the three position aren't exactly the greatest need areas for a team with a ball-dominating point guard and a solid frontline.

Similarly, Chicago, while a huge market with an excellent NBA history, isn't exactly "back east." It's, therefore, a compromise from Anthony's perspective, just as New Jersey would have been. It's a different kind of compromise -- choosing winning over location rather than location over winning -- but it's a compromise nonetheless.

Denver's inclusion on the list simply feels like posturing to get the Knicks to kick up their offer. The fans have turned on him, it's apparently not the right market or city, and the Nuggets would need an overhaul to become a championship contender even if he stays. The only way the Knicks lose here is if somehow, someway, Anthony decides, against all odds, to re-sign in Denver. Otherwise, the most likely scenario is that Anthony is a Knick this summer, costing them nothing but cap space. It reads like an idle threat.

So while Anthony says his list is at least four teams long and could be longer, it stills feels like we're in the same place: New York and New Jersey. Whether the Nets rebuy back into the trade talks and whether the Knicks will up their offer simply to get a quick resolution to the situation seem like the next big questions to be answered.

Since: Dec 27, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:52 pm

Carmelo Anthony's list now stands at 4 or more?

Melo-drama ha ha that's good, and pefect. He wants everyone to kiss his feet and tell him how he's so much better than Jordan was. He barely rebounds or plays defense and takes horrible fall away jumpers with two guys in his face, instead of moving and working for a high percentage shot. He comes up the court most of the time like Jabbar in his last season. It's not all his fault though, Karl doesn't demand fundamentals from his players. Boxing out, stopping a player penetrating, running the floor for easy baskets. It's so painful to watch. The Nugs look like a Rec. center team playing a pick-up game. Billups is the only starter trying to do it right, mostly on his own.

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:33 pm

Anyone buying this?

This is obviously just the nuggets trying to spread some rumors through the media to up the offer from the knicks.
Its obvious melo isint going to sign anywhere but new york and I and quite sick of it all to be quite honest.

Hey Ujiri, u need to give it up bud. Call a loss a loss and have a run with melo the rest of the season or trade him to the knicks for a couple of grinders. your hands are tied so give it a break.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:18 pm

Carmelo Anthony's list now stands at 4 or more?

and in the very worse case senerio, he's drumming up more interest which will only help Denver re-aquire bette assests for him, instead of leaving them high and try like LeBron. Its secretly a class move.

Have to disagree with this...I don't question Anthony's effort on the court but I don't think its "secretly a class move" designed to help the Nuggets get better assets for Anthony.  He is just a professional athlete who (1) takes pride in his performance and (2) realizes that if he started playing crappy there would be less teams willing to shell out players, draft picks and big dollars in a contract to sign Anthony.  Playing well serves to benefit Anthony's future, not the Nuggets (at least not directly).  In fact, Anthony's refusal to even talk to the Nets about the sign and trade with Denver (after Denver gave permission to do so) to me shows Anthony is much more concerned about playing where he wants, not what is going to get Denver "better assets".  I'm not saying I necessarily have a huge problem with that, its his life and there is always the possiblity of a career ending injury or something tomorrow, but don't cast Anthony going out and doing the job he's paid millions of dollars to do as being some kind of a noble act designed to help Denver get the best trade possible -- Anthony already killed that trade by not talking to the Nets.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:05 pm

Carmelo Anthony's list now stands at 4 or more?

Like it or not at the end of the season Carmelo will have fulfilled his contract. Just like Denver has a choice to resign him, he has a choice of not resigning. When he didn't sign the deal Denver is the one who panic and made it public. I agree Chicago can use him, but they are not desperate, and they have D-Rose.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 10:41 am

Carmelo Anthony's list now stands at 4 or more?

I, like many people in CO, relocated here from someplace else.  I did this because I wanted to enjoy a better lifestyle based on my preferences.  (Little did I know just how much I would love it here - Colorado IS where every day is like being on vacation!)

I grew up in Upstate NY, (Syracuse Univ. country), and even though I went to another college, I pull for the 'cuse.  Therefore I am inclined to like Melo all the more.  I would love to see the Nuggets win a championship and draw attention to this great city.  Denver, however, is simply not a basketball town.  I cannot begrudge him for wanting to live where he is most comfortable.  He demonstrated four years ago that he is not solely motivated by money.  While I understand how some feel that he has disrespected the city and its fans, he has become a bit of a pawn to those that want to sensationalize every story.  (It helps sell newspapers and drives internet traffic, after all.)

I see a young man that is very skilled in one area and that has needed to mature in other areas.  Meanwhile, I admire his efforts to stay focused on his responsibilities and contractual obligations.  When this is all finished, I believe that he should be seen as the anti-LeBron.  He operates in a high-pressure high-profile role, and he is doing admirably well to try to remain focused on helping the Nuggets win.

Another way of stating this is that my college, (Cornell), was an NCAA darling last year.  Our coach then signed with another college. Rather than heap opprobrium on him for choosing to make lifestyle changes, we thanked him for his contributions to the Big Red.  He deserves our thanks, and while Nuggets fans may not be ready for that - yet - Melo is not the villain here.

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 10:37 am

What about Philly?

Big enough market, Doug Collins to control, add Carmelo and Harrington for Iguadola, Kapono and SOngalia(expiring deals) and a first!

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 10:33 am

Where is everybody else?

COuldn't Wasshington make a move for Melo if he wants to return East, considering he is from Baltimore(despite his being born in NYC)

Check this out, wouldn't it help both teams!


Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 10:24 am

Carmelo Anthony's list now stands at 4 or more?

Can I ask what is wrong with your front office?  While Carmelo is the star, this front office has added Kenyon Martin(former number 1 pick) Chauncey Billups, drafted Nene, Ty Lawson, and been to a conference finals!  Every front office makes draft day evaluations that suck, ask Detroit(who should've taken Melo)
I'm sure Wolves, CLippers, Wizards, and Cavs fans really sympathize for your "team of Darkos"

Since: Oct 24, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:18 am

Carmelo Anthony's list now stands at 4 or more?

Carmello ain't a bad guy.  He's just paying for Lebron's sins.  Carmello wants to follow his dream of playing in New York.  It's not about the money and I can respect that.  I do have a problem with the new front office.  At Nugget games these guys are more interested in thier blackberries than the action on the court.  They have been the main attraction for too long and now it seems as if they are backed in the corner.  These boys showed thier hand way too early and are getting eatin alive by the more experienced executives of the NBA. 

I have two scenarios of how this plays out.  Both have the same future result.  The Nuggets are going rebuild for a few years.  Back to the celler with the warriors, kings, and clips. 

1.  Trade Carmello at a discounted price and recieve one good player and a couple of high draft picks.  This is effectively throwing in the towel on the season.  We will make the playoffs and lose in the first round. 

2.  Keep Carmello and go for it.  This will be the last year the Nuggets have a sniff at the championship for awhile.  Anthony, Nene, and Billups, and Karl are all gone after this year.  These are the same guys who played in the western Conference championship two years ago.  The trade talks go away, and the team adopts a "last ride' mentallity.  

Either way, the nuggs are going to suck for quite some time after this year.  What good does a bunch of first round picks do us?  With our front office, we would just have a team full of Darkos. 

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:09 am

Carmelo Anthony's list now stands at 4 or more?

As much as you As much as you want to hate Anthony, and there is plenty that makes him look like another prima donna NBA player who wants to be "recruited".. ie, having many franchises kissing his butt and telling him how great he is. But he's never shown a lack of effort while playing for Denver, and in the very worse case senerio, he's drumming up more interest which will only help Denver re-aquire bette assests for him, instead of leaving them high and try like LeBron. Its secretly a class move.

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