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Posted on: September 25, 2010 6:55 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 6:58 pm
 

Denver dragging its feet on Carmelo deal?

Posted by Royce Young

The deal is on the table. Or at least reportedly it is. And by the sounds of it, everyone is good with it. Even Carmelo Anthony.

Except for some reason, the Nuggets are taking their time. According to Sam Amick of FanHouse and Adrian Wojanrowski of Yahoo!, the Nuggets are putting the deal in jeopardy because they're dragging their feet.

Nets new general manager Billy King is growing impatient and according to Amick's report, may just say forget it. Quite a thing to do just because a team is taking a little extra time deciding on whether or not to pull the trigger on trading their franchise player, but hey, nobody messes with Billy King. Nobody.

Amick also tweeted that goodwill is fading fast between the Nuggets and the other three teams involved in the talks. He says the Nets, Jazz and Bobcats aren't thrilled with the way things are being handled. I guess that happens when you're working in a new owner, new general manager and new consultants to those people.

Wojnarowski mentioned that the holdup for the Nuggets stems from them hoping for a better deal. According to sources, Wojnarowski said Denver hoped to work a deal for maybe Blake Griffin and still is holding hope for Joakim Noah.

As it stands now, the Nuggets would received Derrick Favors, Andrei Kirilenko and two first-round picks in the current proposed deal. Not a shabby deal by any means, but you can't blame them for wanting more for Carmelo.

However, if Denver takes too much time, the teams involved may pull the plug, leaving the Nuggets to find another suitor. And with other teams like the Clippers and Bulls saying their young talent is off the table (Griffin and Noah), Denver could have a hard time finding a deal as good as the current one. It's possible because there's still a lot of time and Anthony is clearly a hot commodity, but the current deal brings Denver everything they supposedly want.

The Nuggets have had their hand forced in this situation from the beginning. And the deeper it goes, the more leverage they lose.
Posted on: September 24, 2010 11:04 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2010 4:08 pm
 

The Melo Trade Update: Deal may expand

Four-team trade may expand to five teams by end of weekend, Denver considering holding out for better deal, and Nets want Augustin.

  Okay, so it's been one of those whackadoodle days where nothing has happened for a while and then lots and lots of stuff happens in a very short amount of time. Let me explain. No, that would take too much time. Let me sum up .

  • Most notably, KB says the Nets at some point looked down at their roster , saw that they'd be starting Jordan Farmar and Jordan Farmar alone at point guard, then started making noise about also wanting Charlotte's D.J. Augustin included. That's how these things go, where D.J. Augustin suddenly becomes a sticking point.
  • The Bobcats obviously are reticent to give Augustin up, especially because the deal for them would essentially become Boris Diaw (who has a player option for 2011-2012) and Augustin for Devin Harris. Harris is clearly a significant upgrade at a position they desperately need help at, but that's a lot of assets to give up for a player who's not an elite team.
  • If the Bobcats stick to their guns and the Nets still need a point guard, there's the possibility of a fifth team being added, making this the most ridiculous trade of the year, or at least a strong candidate.
  • Marc Spears of Yahoo! reports that the Nuggets have given Melo a 48-hour deadline dependent upon the teams reaching a deal in principle for Anthony to accept the three-year $65 million extension.
We'll keep you updated throughout the weekend. Eventually, we project this will be a 30-team trade that involves every player in the league outside of Kobe Bryant and the Miami Triad.


Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:32 am
 

Preseason Primer: Utah Jazz

Posted by Matt Moore
 
Losing your second best player to free agency should be the kind of thing that sets your franchise back coniderably (don't tell the Suns). But the Utah Jazz, the model of consistency in the NBA since Jerry Sloan took over back in the Paleozoic Era, they just keep plugging right along. Making smart, well-reasoned decisions have led them to replacing Carlos Boozer with Al Jefferson. The question is if they can pick up where they left off. And that's where we begin the latest of our Preseason Primers with the Utah Jazz.

Training camp site: Salt Lake City, Utah

Training camp starts: September 28th

Key additions: Al Jefferson (trade), Raja Bell (free agency), Francisco Elson (free agency)

Key subtractions: Carlos Boozer (free agency), Kyle Korver (free agency), Wesley Matthews (free agency), Kosta Koufos (traded)

Likely starting lineup: Deron Williams (PG), C.J. Miles (SG), Andrei Kirilenko (SF), Al Jefferson (PF), Mehmet Okur (C)

Player to watch: Paul Millsap. Al Jefferson was brought in to replace Carlos Boozer, after Paul Millsap was given a huge new contract to replace Boozer. Now that Jefferson has arrived, Millsap finds himself in one of two positions entering camp. He either needs to battle on the glass and play "big" enough to prove he can play in tandem with Jefferson, or he needs to detonate to a degree where Sloan has a legitimate quandray on his hands between the two. Under the right circumstances, either is possible, though neither is likely.


Chemistry quiz: This really all comes down to Jefferson. Deron Williams is still the floor general, and many of the Jazz players have been there for years. Jefferson faces tremendous pressure not only to make an impact immediately, but to work in tandem with Deron Williams and commit himself to Sloan's defensive principles. The Jazz aren't exactly a superstar-centric team, and Jefferson has to prove he can fit that model from the get-go.


Camp battles: Outside of the aforementioned Millsap-Jefferson rumble, shooting guard should be lively. Raja Bell has had enough time off to be completely healthy, but he's got a lot of miles on those wheels. C.J. Miles has a fresher set of treads, but he's also maddeningly inconsistent.

Injury issues:
Deron Williams was severely banged up at the end of last season, so keeping him in the best health possible is top priority. Mehmet Okur may or may not be available by start of the season, so that will be the biggest injury to keep an eye on. The Jazz have been banged up in general over the past few years, and that's before you factor in the knee problems of Al Jefferson. Keep the tape handy, trainer man.

Biggest strength: Versatility. The Jazz have the ability to get up the floor, to slow it down when need be, to work out of the post to an improved degree, and to hit from the perimeter. They play solid defense and can compete with anyone. Those elements shouldn't shift much with the new additions.

Glaring weakness: Cohesiveness. The Jazz have mostly had positive runs over the past six years, but the lows tend to be really low. Jerry Sloan will need to work with what is now a younger team to develop consistency. Additionally, while the Jazz have been very good, they've lacked a ceiling of great. That's the level they need to get to if they want to contend in the West.
 
 
 
 
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