Posted on: August 22, 2010 11:23 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 11:24 pm
Posted by Royce Young
For the past two weeks or so, any trade talk coming out of Denver has involved one Carmelo Anthony. But it appears one of his teammates may actually be the one to go first.
Chris Tomasson of Fanhouse reports that the Nuggets are looking to trade guard J.R. Smith, a player entering the final year of his $6 million contract. Smith has been part of trade rumors ever since he arrived in Denver from Chicago and before then, New Orleans, but mainly hung around because one of his biggest supporters was former general manager Mark Warkentein. Now that Warkentein is gone, Smith may be as well.
Smith is somewhat of a headcase player that has often had issues with coach George Karl, but it's hard to ignore his production off the bench. He's a player that can routinely explode for 25 points any given night and in 2008-09, finished second for Sixth Man of the Year. Last season he averaged 15.4 points per game, a career high. However, on the flip side Smith's field goal percentage dipped to 41.4 and he shot just 33.8 percent from 3.
The Nuggets would probably prefer to move him before the season starts, but are obviously looking to get some kind of return for Smith. He's obviously attractive to a contender as he has an expiring contract but mainly because he could make an excellent scoring piece off the bench.
While Denver has bigger problems in that the Nuggets still need a general manager to pull the string on this deal as well as the Anthony situation, Smith appears to be available.
Posted on: August 20, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2010 6:02 pm
Celebrity wife of Nuggets' star says New York is a possibility, and that MSG has a "different energy."
Posted by Matt Moore
Welcome to sports relevance, La La Vasquez. Carmelo Anthony's new wife told the New York Daily News that there is a "possibility" her husband winds up on the Knicks. Hey, no biggie. There's a possibility Carmelo winds up on FC Barcelona or Manchester United. So this doesn't really mean anything. It was what she went on to say that was relevant. From the NY Daily News :
There's a lot of talk about the Knicks, I mean, there's a lot of teams out there, he's a great player and I think collectively we just need to think about what makes sense for our family. But I would never say that being in New York is not an option, I'd be lying to you if I said that."OK, then.
So on the surface, it's nothing huge. But you are talking about the new wife of a player constantly discussed in trade talks talking glowingly about New York, where she makes her home, saying it has a "different energy." If we're tracking the winds of change towards and away from 'Melo leaving Denver, this doesn't blow favorably for the Nuggets. One of the widely speculated, and let me say that again, speculated reasons why Anthony would want a higher profile market for his talents has been Vasquez and her leanings towards the major entertainment centers, like New York.
The questions continue around what exactly New York could offer in a trade , and if they are unable to figure out a package, their odds drop dramatically. With most of the reports saying 'Melo wants an "extend-and-trade" where he signs a long-term extension before the new CBA and then a new team, New York may not get a chance to land him in free agency next summer. The looming CBA restructure and lockout progressively makes that scenario less likely. New York may be the preferred spot for his new bride, but the realities of the situation may prevent the newlyweds from making the Apple their home.
Unless Carmelo steps up his pressure on the team to trade him, that is.
Posted on: August 20, 2010 8:53 am
Edited on: August 20, 2010 8:54 am
Carmelo and LeBron's loyalty, Greg Oden's return timeline, and Grant Hill is a tambourine man.
Posted by Matt Moore
Troy Murphy is thrilled to be playing for the Nets. And he should enjoy this opportunity. For a full season. Because when his contract expires, he likely won't be able to enjoy the beautiful vistas of New Jersey unless it's on vacation.
No wonder everyone freaked out when Anderson Varejao was injured. The video of the injury was signficantly worse than the result. X-Rays and MRIs were negative, and he's day-to-day for Brazil. Odds are that won't make the Cavs feel totally fine with Varejao playing so much this summer.
Basketbawful points out how a delightful quote from Carmelo that harkens back to another person that claimed loyalty to his team: LeBron.
You know the best way NOT to use PER as a useful statistic? Compare those whose PER is similar to a player to conclude that player should take more shots. The end result? Don't try and tell Amir Johnson to take more shots. That just won't work out well. I'm a numbers guy, and even I know I don't need a formula for that.
I'm not saying this is the last time you'll see Daniel Orton in a Magic uniform this year . I am saying this very well might be the last time you'll see Daniel Orton in a Magic uniform this year.
My favorite listing of things Phoenix Suns did this summer ? Grant Hill played tambourine on his wife's album. Yeah.
There is no time frame , at least publicly, for Greg Oden's return. I'm sure this makes Blazers fans feel just fabulous. Oden's also off the radar and his trainer isn't talking. The only time you don't share that kind of information is if either the news is not good, or you're trying to take what is perceived to be too much pressure of an injury-prone guy that's struggling to get back.
An appeal to approve the application for Wilt Chamberlain to have his own stamp .
There is so much "UGH" about this .
Derrick Rose likes Skittles so much they sent him his own custom Skittles vending machine . It has every type of Skittles ever made. According to sources, his mom is really worried he'll ruin his appetite before dinner.
Posted on: August 19, 2010 10:55 am
Posted by Royce Young
It's pretty clear that Carmelo Anthony wants to play in New York. And though there are solid deals to be drawn up to get him there, it might not be enough to satisfy the Nuggets.
The New York Daily News is reporting the Knicks might not have sufficient pieces to please Denver. "What do they have?" a Nuggets source told the Daily News. "That makes it tough."
There are reports that the Knicks' offer would include Eddy Curry's expiring contract, a future first-round pick and Danilo Gallinari. Though as the NYDN points out, Donnie Walsh would definitely try and insert Wilson Chandler in place of Gallinari in that deal. But it still might not be enough, especially when other teams can offer better options.
Right now, according all reports, 'Melo would sign with Houston, Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Orlando. All of those teams can put together packages comparable to what New York can, and likely can top it. That puts the Knicks in a tough position.
At the same time, you never know when these executives are just playing the game. The Nuggets are reportedly close to hiring a general manager with it possibly happening as soon as today, so Denver might just be trying to ramp up future offers for Anthony.And don't rule out the fact that the Nuggets new GM talks Anthony into staying put. With the growing probability of a lockout coming next summer, a three-year extension worth $65 million might look much more appealing.
Posted on: August 19, 2010 8:52 am
Posted by Royce Young
Posted on: August 18, 2010 2:44 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 2:49 pm
Posted by Royce Young
We know about the Knicks. We know about the Magic. But those two teams can't possibly be the only squads in a league of 30 that are after one of the most prized scoring forwards in the world. And they aren't.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports both the Rockets and Nets are candidates in this hunt for a new home for Carmelo Anthony. Sources have indicated to SI that 'Melo would be open to signing a long-term extension with one of those squads if he landed there in a trade.
That's an underrated aspect of this whole thing. Anthony has a player option next season and while he might get traded, whoever gets him is going to want an extension signed right then and there. Nobody is willing to waste assets and players just to rent Anthony for a season or two.
If you recall though, Houston GM Daryl Morey said about a week ago that the Rockets weren't done trading. "Obviously one of our stated goals is that at some point -- and who knows when the opportunity will arise -- we want to make a move for a star, who comes loose like Boston did in trading for Kevin Garnett a few years ago," Morey said. I think Carmelo Anthony definitely fits that "star" description. You have to wonder if Morey knew something might be up when he said that.
And when Houston moved Trevor Ariza in the four-team deal that brought them Courtney Lee, most overlooked the fact the Rockets snagged a $6.3 million trade exception. When dealing for Anthony, this could be massive. A simple deal of Shane Battier and Jared Jeffries goes through just fine for Anthony. And it makes sense too for both teams. Both Jeffries and Battier are expiring contracts, but they're good players that could help fill the void of Anthony. If the Nuggets didn't feel like that was enough, Houston could always toss in a player like Chase Budinger or Jermaine Taylor to add some more talent to the deal.
As for the Nets, they have serious trade pieces that could bait the Nuggets into a deal. Devon Harris could be moved because of Jordan Farmar's signing. Of course newly drafted Derrick Favors would certainly be an enticing piece. Or players like Terrance Williams and Brook Lopez could be dangled. Plus, as I mentioned earlier today, the fact the Nets are moving to Brooklyn, which happens to be 'Melo's hometown. Then there's the Jay-Z connection and the fact Anthony fits well. So the Nets are definitely a player in this.
A lot of teams are going to try and get in the game for Anthony, but the most important issue is whether or not he's willing to sign an extension and play long-term there. And if he is, then it's just a matter of that team putting together the most enticing package for the Nuggets. And while the Knicks and Magic certainly can make good case, New Jersey and Houston are definitely players.
Posted on: August 18, 2010 11:07 am
Edited on: August 18, 2010 3:51 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The New York Daily News reports that according to a team source, Isiah Thomas has assured Garden chairman James Dolan that Carmelo Anthony told him he intends to sign with the Knicks.
I don't think anyone really questions whether or not the Knicks could or would sign Anthony next summer. That's not really the discussion here. Right now, it's whether or not the Knicks can do something now. Can they put together a package to satisfy the Nuggets and not wait until next summer? Melo wants to play in New York. He was born in Brooklyn, played at Syracuse and sources told Ken Berger that Anthony wants to be in the Big Apple . So I don't think Isiah is breaking any news here.
And if Anthony's desire to play for the Knicks is that strong and the Nuggets can't come up with an agreement with New York to move Melo there, I wonder if Anthony would prefer just to play out his final season in Denver and wait for 2011. That would definitely be awkward as we'd all pretty much know what Anthony's intentions were, but at the same time, maybe he'd change his mind.
Also in the story is a non-surprising item that the Nets are pursuing Carmelo. And the Nets definitely have the pieces to make an enticing offer. Some combination of Devin Harris, Brook Lopez, Derrick Favors and draft picks would definitely catch Denver's attention. And then of course the Jay-Z connection thing which always seems to play some sort of factor. Plus, the Nets are moving to Brooklyn in the next couple years which would mean Anthony would literally be playing in his hometown. New Jersey might be a player in this deal yet.
Posted on: August 17, 2010 10:18 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 10:20 pm
Posted by Royce Young
You're supposed to believe the Orlando Magic haven't made any inquiries into Carmelo Anthony's availability. At least that's what general manager Otis Smith is telling you.
But we all know better. A tier one superstar is potentially on the block and Smith's team is in the market for an upgrade at small forward. And as Ken Berger reports , the Magic are one of the teams on top of Anthony's list. Yeah, I'm sure Smith hasn't at least asked about 'Melo's situation.
But let's operate under the assumption Smith hasn't. Assuming he might make an inquiry into Carmelo's availability, what might he offer up the Nuggets in exchange? Matt Moore already laid out a thought-provoking plan to get Anthony to where he supposedly wants to be in New York. A package including contract relief in Eddy Curry's dead body plus quality players like Danillo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler or maybe Anthony Randolph is definitely a nice option. But the Magic will try and do better. They have to if they want 'Melo.
First, there's the option for the obligatory cap flexibility/relief move. That means Vince Carter and his $17.5 million deal which actually matches Anthony's current contract. The teams could straight swap players, but no way Denver goes for that. At least common sense says no way. The Nuggets would need to add a player like Chris Andersen to get back Mickael Pietrus or Brandon Bass, but if that's the case, the deal is just getting worse for Denver.
As far as Carter, his contract expires next season (2011-12 is non-guaranteed) and he's at least a player that will contribute unlike Curry. He's not exactly a small forward replacement and will have to fit in with Aron Afflalo and J.R. Smith, but Carter would at least help keep the Nuggets competitive for now.
Why would Denver want Carter? Other than the fact he can still play some , because the the Nuggets have a number of players coming up in free agency soon. Both Nene and Chauncey Billups are up in two years (though Billups is non-guanteed in 2011-12) and J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin next year meaning the Nuggets would have a large sum of money to toss around next summer all while staying competitive. But overall, this is not a great plan for the Nuggets.
A better, more sensible move for Denver is adding a trio of quality players. Targeting Brandon Bass, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus means the Nuggets get a good small forward in return, plus two solid big men, a position Denver has been looking to improve this year. (Denver would need to throw in Renaldo Balkman to make numbers work, but if they're getting back two bigs, it would need to clear out room in the frontcourt anyway.) Yes, it's a step down from Anthony, but any time you trade one of the top seven or eight players in the league, it's going to be hard to get a comparable deal. Actually, scratch that, it's basically impossible. But Denver's other option is to let Anthony walk and get NOTHING in return. You know, the LeBron/Bosh exit plan. And teams that could offer really intriguing deals like the Clippers (Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon?) evidently aren't on Anthony's radar.
Though in the end, if you're Denver's yet-to-be-named GM, what deal do you jump at? New York's hypothetical offer of Curry, Chandler and Gallinari (or Randolph) or Orlando's pretend offer of Gortat, Bass and Pietrus? Honestly, that's a tough call. But one the Nuggets' next front office captain will likely have to make sooner than later.