Posted by Royce Young
On this week's NBA Drive, Ken Berger and Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record join the show to talk extensively about the Johan Petro sweepstakes. And they also discuss that Carmelo Anthony stuff a little too.
Iannazzone makes the interesting point that with $65 million on the table might be enough to sway Carmelo to go ahead and sign an extension with the Nets if the Knicks decide not to trade for him. If Melo waits until free agency, he'll have to take less than that.
However, Berger mentions that the idea of Melo signing an extension with New Jersey is a bit of a leap of faith for the Nets if they go through with the deal. That's the leverage that Anthony has. He can sign that extension with whoever he likes. Also, Berger elaborates on how the Knicks are kind of laying in the weeds waiting on the dust to clear before they make a move.
The ball still sits in Denver's court though. "There's a timing issue," Berger says. "How long can the team go on with all this chaos hanging over it and how and when can the Denver Nuggets get the best possible deal for Carmelo Anthony."