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Melo Update No. 10,560: Still looking at Denver

Posted on: February 9, 2011 4:40 pm
 
Carmelo Anthony swears he'll seriously consider re-signing with Denver if he isn't traded before the deadline. We roll our eyes. 
Posted by Matt Moore

You have to give them this: If the Denver Nuggets really are just manipulating media stories to get more out of the New York Knicks' trade offer for Carmelo Anthony, they're being very thorough about it. One day after reports surfaced of what would be a relatively ludicrous deal involving the Los Angeles Lakers, today word is coming out very strongly, from Anthony himself, that he may not leave Denver at all. 

Yahoo! Sports reports that after practice, Anthony said that he would "take a real hard look" at signing the extension with Denver which would end all of this speculation, keeping him in Denver for the foreseeable future. This is on the heels of a Denver Post report saying the Nuggets may consider keeping Melo the rest of the season and seeing how the playoffs go.

Of course, this is the same extension that's been on the table since July. The Nuggets weren't exaclty subtle early on with their intention to lock up Melo quickly with a max offer. He's gotten it. The deal's not going to sweeten itself. It is the most it can be, and if he were really interested in it, you'd think he might have realized at some point it was what he wanted. 

Anthony also says he hadn't heard of the Lakers rumor until today, which is about as ridiculous as it gets. There's simply no way his agent didn't inform him of said talks immediately. Anthony's just playing his part in all this, acting ignorant of all the rumors while being the sole reason for all the distraction. For whatever reason, he's reasserting himself as possibly staying in Denver, when he could have made that decision this whole time.  This reeks of CAA trying to apply pressure to a calm, cool, and collected Donnie Walsh who knows that he won't have to surrender the farm to get Carmelo Anthony, and that there's no reason to do so just to accomodate Anthony's wish earlier. 

Maybe Anthony really is having second thoughts. Maybe he is that spooked about a possible CBA lockdown on salaries and wants to assure himself his future now. Or maybe this is yet another ploy in a series of ploys to manipulate the situation into just what he wants. Anthony would be reversing everything that's been indicated before now. It would be settling for a second-tier team in a non-major market just because of loyalty. And those are great reasons to stay somewhere. But that hasn't exactly been Melo's M.O. When the subject of LeBron James' 2010 free agency first arose nearly three years ago, most people said it was overblown, that nothing big would happen, that he'd stay in Cleveland. Now look where we are. Melo is committed to doing the best thing for himself and his brand. It's hard to see him electing to stay in Denver as part of that plan.
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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 10:14 am
 

Melo Update No. 10,560: Still looking at Denver

"Melo IS NOT A FREE AGENT! He can opt out of the last year of his contract with the Nuggets where he is scheduled to get 18.5 million next season. "

@Fakeazz:  You killed your whole point in back to back sentences.  He's not a free agent? By opting out of his contract, he becomes a free agent, able to sign with any team he wants, probably a 5 year max deal.  Will it be a slightly less max contract because of the CBA? Possibly, but if he goes to a major market (NY?), he will more than make up for it in endorsements/advertisements/marketi

ng.  Also, he grew up a Knicks fan.  Yeah, he's coming. Laughing



Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Melo Update No. 10,560: Still looking at Denver

Camelo Anthony has NO LEVERAGE! All you people who listen to every trade rumor need to understand this!

The bottom line in all of this is the EIGHTY MILLION Anthony will miss out if he doesn't sign an extenstion with Denver. Contrary to what people believe, Melo IS NOT A FREE AGENT! He can opt out of the last year of his contract with the Nuggets where he is scheduled to get 18.5 million next season. And if he signs the 3 year 65 million dollar extension, he will make 80 million dollars in the next 4 seasons.

In the current collective bargaining agreement, teams cannot pay Melo as much as the Nuggets can with the contract extension. And with the uncertainty of the upcoming collective bargaining agreement, Melo stand to lose a TON OF MONEY if he doesn't sign an extension with Denver.

But again, HE IS NOT A FREE AGENT!!!!

So Melo has no leverage if he wants to get paid. He will either sign the extension and stay in Denver or sign the extension and get traded wherever the Nuggets get the best trade offer from. It won't be the Knicks just because he says he wants to play there. If only it were that simple for him. Whoever has the best trade offer will be where Melo plays next, whether that's with the Lakers, Bulls, Mavericks, Nets or Knicks is yet to be determined.




Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Melo Update No. 10,560: Still looking at Denver

No news as usual ... YAWN




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Melo Update No. 10,560: Still looking at Denver

"Translation?  I want to make Denver think I might sign an extention with them so they don't trade me and I will go to the Knicks without them having to give up very much."
Hahaha, I just fell of my chair! you are dreaming!!! Melo and his agent Want out of Denver by the ALL star break.  They are not stupid, they want their extra 25 million that they know they wont get in the new CBA.  Melo's agent will do everything he can to get Melo out and get him an extension before the year is over, If I'm Denver i call their bluff!...Either way I win, if he leaves I have 70 million off the books to build a better team and few teams will be under the cap like Denver will be so they will have first shot at all the free agents.  If he stays because he and his agent are not going to allow 25 million of their loot disappear then Denver declares victory in the battle. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Melo Update No. 10,560: Still looking at Denver

If Denver  keep him to the end of the year, because this is a completely different situation then Cleveland.  First Lebron didn't have to think about losing 25-30 million because of the new CBA and 2nd because of the Salary cap issue and Denver has a ton of Money coming off the books!
 Hold on to Melo get in to the playoffs, at least make some playoff and then make Melo chose...if he wants to be a free agent, go be a free agent if he wants join the Knicks go join the Knicks. Just make sure he understands you wont be giving him any sign and trade options to NY in the off season just so that he can get more money. They should  say Business is Business Melo, you want to screw us we will do the same to you...you're welcome to go at end of the year...smart money says he does not leave 20 mil on the table. he can always sign a 3 year extension with the Nuggets and then whine for a trade again in 18 months. 

If he does leave, no big deal look at the contracts coming off the books for Denver. Melo 18 mil, Martin 16mil, Billups 14 mil, JR Smith 6mil, Nene player option 11.6mil, 2 other players combined for 2.5 mil...That's an incredible 70 million!!! off Denver's books next year.

They can sign pretty much sign every Big Free agent. Perkins at Center, The Beast Zach Randolph at Power Forward, or David West, sign Carl Laundry at Small Forward Jamal Crawford or Jason Richardson at Shooting guard...If I'm Denver I have so much money coming off the books that I can actually put together a better team in the off season then they have now.





Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Melo Update No. 10,560: Still looking at Denver

Breaking up a team that went to the conference finals only two years ago doesn't make sense.  In some ways the Nuggets may be even better than when they met the Lakers in 2009.  Ty Lawson is the best backup point guard the Nuggets have had in quite some time, maybe since Robert Pack.  Nene has improved substantially and Aaron Afflalo is better player than Dahntay Jones ever was.  The chemistry hasn't been as good to this point, but the talent on the Nuggets is stellar.  Regardless of all the criticism, Carmelo is a top 5 player in this league and there is huge population that doesn't recognize him as such.  The Nuggets are unlikely to acquire another player anywhere near as valuable either through a couple of draft picks or through a trade.  If Melo doesn't come back, the Nuggets are screwed either way no matter what comes to Denver in a trade so they may as well get one last playoff run with Carmelo and stop acting like idiots who want to send Anthony this way or that begging for a smaller payroll or some draft picks.  The Nuggets jack up draft picks, just ask Nikoloz Tskitishvili.  They also know what a small payroll looks like.  They lost 71 games in the 1997-'98 season with total losers whole all drove around in Lincoln Navigators and played games in front of mostly empty arenas. 

Let us enjoy a few more months with Melo.  Take Carmelo off the trade block and let us keep 71 loss seaons out of our minds.  All publicity is not good publicity and letting these ridiculous rumors continue to circulate is absurd.  Bynum for Carmelo straight up?  Sure if I'm the Lakers I'm happy to stop being the team that has to worry about Andrew Bynum blowing out his knee and then not wanting to get surgery over the summer, but why would the Nuggets want to inherit that?  The only thing worse is the trade for Channing Frye.  If we wanted a 6' 11"  pansy jump shooter we could have kept Raef LaFrentz around all these years.  Whatever happens, at least Denver isn't Cleveland...GO BRONCOS!




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Melo Update No. 10,560: Still looking at Denver

Maybe Anthony really is having second thoughts.

Maybe the Cavaliers will go on an unprecidented winning streak, make the playoffs, and knock the Heat & LeBron out, giving the whole city some deserved retribution too.
Right?



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Melo Update No. 10,560: Still looking at Denver

Yahoo! Sports reports that after practice, Anthony  at signing the extension with Denver
Translation?  I want to make Denver think I might sign an extention with them so they don't trade me and I will go to the Knicks without them having to give up very much.

I don't  care anymore.  The inmates have taken over the asylum.  
LeBron screwed Cleveland
Melo's gonna screw Denver
And in 2 years (if it takes that long)  Chris Paul is going to screw NOLA.
WELCOME TO THE NEW NBA. 


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