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Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Posted on: February 18, 2011 5:10 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 12:00 am
Carmelo Anthony speaks at All-Star media availability, and affirms no meetings scheduled with Nets or Knicks. Melo says he's "ready for this whole thing to be over."
Posted by Matt Moore

In front of one of the largest media assemblies at All-Star Media availability, Carmelo Anthony faced the throng to speak about his current situation, while rumors fly as heavy as any in recent memory. Ken Berger of was there to capture Melo's quotes in our live feed

As he played the verbal tango with the media, Anthony made one thing clear: he's tired of all this. ""There's some things that I'm still thinking about in the back of my head. I'm ready for this whole thing to be over with," Melo said, as he reasserted that he had not scheduled meetings with either the Nets' or Knicks' representatives. His frustration with the situation was evident behind his usual (this season, anyway) cool, collected demeanor. "I'm mindboggled right now about this whole situation," he said. "I just want to get this thing over with right now. I wish there was just something, a legit offer on the table and the Nuggets can say, 'Let’s get it done.'"

He did say however that an extension with the Nets, the matter which is reportedly holding a nine-player deal in pending , is not off the table. ""That's something I'm going to have to think about," but he noted "there are a lot of things that come into play when dealing with that. The superstar was very clear that he wasn't going to get boxed into any decision, and that staying in Denver is still a possibility.

"I've told you guys this since day one, that's still an option," Melo said in regards to the possibility that he would re-sign with Denver. He reasserted that he's said that continuously since the summer, while of course omitting that he's also turned down the opportunity to sign that extension since July. However, he did say he hadn't talked with Denver in months about that possiblity. "I haven't had that conversation since November or December, it doesn't surprise me. It just tells me what they’re trying to do, obviously they're trying to get younger and save money over there. At the end of the day, it’s a business so they’ve got to make a business decision. And I've got to look at it as my career and as a business decision."
"I can't really sit here and say I want to go here or I want to go there," Melo said on his preference between New York and New Jersey, remaining coy while admitting that he was "pretty sure" the Nuggets were negotiating with N.J., giving a little weight to the reports of the past day while still feigning ignorance. Melo did say he was examining the possibility of being traded without an extension. "It’s a lot of situations that I look at. If the Nuggets came to me and said, 'This is a deal that we have, this is another deal that we have', I would have to look into that if my option is not to sign."

But the idea of being a "rental" as Melo referred to it, should he be traded without an extension, does not appeal to him. "Unless they’re trying to get car services and want to rent a car. I really don’t want to have to be a rental. I don’t feel like I'm a rental player. I don’t want to go somewhere and be a rental for two months and then have to deal with this all over again. I dont want to go there."

For all the talk that Melo is the one who can control his destiny, he says that Denver has just as much control over where he ends up. While he can tell the Nuggets where he wants to go, Anthony says it's still their job to figure out what's best for them. "They have to do what’s best for them and their organization, too. So at the end of the day, they can say, forget it, we have to take care of our organization, Melo. He did what he had to do here for eight years, but we have to do what we have to do, too."

Anthony said that the Knicks have a different situation from the Nuggets, because in Melo's mind, the Nuggets are looking to rebuild, while the Knicks are already ready to win. "Far as building, which the Nuggets are trying to obviously do in their near future they’re trying to start all over and build up – and don’t try to flip it on me – but New York already has something there. I think the city is looking forward to briging back great basketball and they’re looking forward to that. So if that’s my destination then that’s something that I can bring to that city."

So if Melo's so big on New York, what would he be looking for in a meeting with Knicks' owner James Dolan? "Just something that I want to look in Mr. Dolan’s eyes and see if he’s really interested in me coming to New York or see if Mr. Prokhorov is interested in me coming to Jersey. Whoever I deal with I want to have a sitdoown with. That’s just proper etiquitte."

Anthony made clear that New York and New Jersey aren't the only options, however. "I don’t think they're the only two teams that I can sit here and say, "Yo, I definitely want to be on those teams or nobody else." The Nuggets have to weigh their options. If it’s a deal with somebody else that’s legit then we all have to sit down and hash that out and talk about it. But time is ticking, man, and time is money."

The most revealing quote from Anthony was that he wanted to see a "legit" offer by the end of the weekend. He's through sitting back and being accepting of what has been happening. "Before I leave here I would love to have something on the table. I would love to have an offer, a legit offer on the table where they can sit down with me and say, 'Melo, this is what we have. Let’s try to figure it out.' But as of late there’s been a lot of things that have been going on in the media, deals in the media that haven't been legit."

"I would love to have something happen this weekend. I would love to have a legit offer to sit down and figure it out."

After six months, this thing may finally be coming to an end. At least Anthony understands the media and fans are tired of it as well.

"This has been  a long process for me, for my family, just for everybody, I'm pretty sure it’s been a long process for you guys too, to have to wake up in the morning and deal with the Melodrama."

Maybe this weekend is the breaking point for all this nonsense to end. 

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 10:22 am

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

And this is where you are backwards Rebel. The Timberwolves don't want Randolph if it means giving up a number one. He is not that good. That's why that deal never went down. Reports out of NYK are that Dantoni and Walsh do not want to trade for Anthony but Dolan is pushing it. Even Stoudemire has come out and said the Knicks are better without him.

So you have it, the reasons I said before to not make the trade and now hard evidence that would seriously upset the team and it's chemistry. I see disaster written all over this thing.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2011 4:08 am

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Again ghandi2 I can only Post the rumors I read. Minnesota rumored to want Randolph for number 1 Pick

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:54 pm
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Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 10:16 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

You are missing the point Rebel- What team is going to take Randolph and give a 1st rd pick to the Nuggets? Second- the Knicks may score 106 but they will give up 110. Last time I checked 110 is more than 106. The trade won't happen, and it is terrible for the Knicks.

Since: Mar 2, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:23 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Hey ferney, figures you'd be someone from the NE area talking about how Melo isn't that great a player just before he lands in NY. Let me guess, you're a Celtic fan an with that aging team i'd be concerned too. New flash though, Melo is coming East and when he does land in NY (whether its Brooklyn or at MSG) Boston is finished in East!

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:07 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Melo is aching ass. 

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:01 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Melo is the reason that this thing has dragged out as long as it has.   I hope Denver keeps him.  He is holding the franchise hostage.  They have an amazing deal from NJ and he doesn't want to go there.   Keep him Denver and let him lose millions on the free agent market when the new collective bargaining agreement kicks in.   Just what he deserves.  nothing more than a scorer who doesn't make anyone around him better

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:59 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Why does everyone continue to entertain the foolish storylines the Media and the Denver Nuggets construct? IF CARMELO WANTED TO BE ON ANY OTHER TEAM BUT THE KNICKS, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE ALREADY! This "breaking news" about the Nets and Nuggets agreeing on a tentative deal is not "new" news. This was a story a month ago. How did that pan out? Carmelo basically abusing the state of New Jersey, the Nets organization, and Prokholov. He has said in many different ways, that he wants to go HOME. Where is HOME? NEW YORK CITY! His family, friends, wife and child all live in NYC. He doesn't want to play for an organization where the only other piece will be Brook Lopez- is that the foundation he wants to join? The Denver Nuggets have a better situation than that- he might as well stay there, which gives him a better chance of winning a championship.

The Denver Nuggets management has handled this situation like amateurs. They have created a chaotic mess- trying to establish leverage out of thin air. This is the same management team who scheduled a WWE Monday Night Raw event on the same day of a Nuggets playoff game, because they thought their team wasn't going to make the playoffs- complete amateur hour.

The Nuggets are playing hardball, without any power. Everyone is speaking about this CBA situation, without knowing the facts. The NEW CBA agreement, at its worst, will not effect the "superstar" player; only the average player. Many executives in the league have came out and said "we did the math countless times... that no matter what happens with the CBA, Carmelo will get the same amount of money from the Knicks, whether he signs the extention via trade, or signs with the Knicks in the off season." This entire "Melo-drama" has been produced and directed by the Nuggets, fueled by their stubborness and greed. Why would the Knicks gut their team, just to trade for Carmelo? Why would Carmelo want the Knicks to gut their team and leave them with a similar team that Denver has?

Concerning the players involved in a potential trade: We are talking about Chandler, Fields, and Gallinari as if their skills/production at this present day is their highest peak of potential. HELLLLLOOOO!!!!! Gallo is 22 yrs old with a combined skill set that is rare in the NBA and the world. He is 6'11"; athletic; is a REAL 3pt threat; can create his own shot; gritty; tough; get to the free throw line; a mis-match for most defenders who play his position; gets to the basket/finishes strong, and most importantly plays very good Defense. This kid is just going to get better and better... Fields is a product of why players should stay in college all 4 years. He is a rookie, who has the basketball IQ of a 10 year veteran. He fills the box score and plays great D! His ceiling is way up there! And Chandler... he is just a pure athletic, fundamental, basketball player. He can score at any spot or situation on the court, and again, is a great defender. Additionally, Felton for Billups? Are you kidding me? This isnt 2001. Felton is 10 years younger and entering his prime. He isn't a product of the system like most fans suggest. He was a victim for playing in a Larry Brown offense, where EVERY Point Guard sacrifices their own game, for the offense. Also, the Point Guard is the QB of the team. You can't change QB's mid season (especially when the QB has never played in this offense), and expect this new PG to continue where the previous one left off.

The more I hear these stupid fans regurgitate their opinions, the happier I am that they are just fans. You dont sacrifice the future to win this year or the next. You give a little bit, so you can win for the next 10 years. It isn't about "what have you done for me lately"- that's the worst outlook you can have in any situation in life.

Carmelo should just "strong arm" the nuggets and end this drama by directly saying: "I am only signing an extention with the Knicks... work out a deal or I am going to the Knicks in the off season." Stop the indirect talk and just get it done. My opinion: The final deal that will get Carmelo to NY will be this: Chandler, Eddy Curry's Contract, 1st round pick, Corey Brewer, Andy Rautins Rookie expiring contract, and Azuibuikie's expiring contract. The Nuggets will be forced to accept any deal  because they do not want to risk losing Carmelo for nothing. They are playing chicken with the wrong President of Operations- Donnie Walsh will make the right decision.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:49 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Stoudemire = 28...Melo= 27...Chandler=10...Douglas=10....Bi

llups= 10...Centers= 10....Whole bench 10 that is good for 106 a game...Should be enough a Game

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:43 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Run it again with thr Rumored Trade....Gallarni-Felton-Fields and Randoplh going to third team for 1st round pick to give to Denver for Billups/Melo. I also believe curry goes to ..See what that shows if you can

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