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Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:28 am
After an appropriate cooling-off period surrounding Carmelo Anthony trade talks after the tragic death of his sister, teams are beginning to get a renewed sense of where the Nuggets are strategy-wise. And once again, multiple sources tell that Denver officials are sending mixed signals and still appear undecided as to whether they're seeking veteran players who can help them now or some combination of cap relief, draft picks and young players. 

As a result of what one rival executive referred to as the Nuggets having "overplayed their hand" in negotiations with the Nets, frustrated New Jersey officials are in the process of "substantively" re-evaluating their pursuit of Anthony, a three-time All-Star who has refused to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nuggets. 

No one is fully aware of Anthony's mindset after he's missed five games grieving the loss of his sister, Michelle, who died tragically at 38 last week. But with trade demands that another executive described as "too high and unrealistic," the Nuggets run the risk of alienating the team that from the beginning had the most assets to offer -- starting with Derrick Favors, multiple first-round picks and the expiring contract of Troy Murphy

The Nuggets' outward appearance of indecision could very well be a negotiating tactic, as a person with direct knowledge of Denver's strategy has told that the team has decided it wants to get young and accumulate draft picks if and when they decide to trade Anthony -- not attempt to tread water with sub-par veteran replacements whose contracts would hinder the team's future flexibility. The other wild card, of course, is Anthony's reluctance to sign an extension with the Nets, which has been confirmed by a person with direct knowledge of his thinking. 

In view of their frustration, the Nets have not yet gotten to the point where they're ready to pull all their chips off the table. But it's clear that the Nets are "sick of the whole charade," according to one source and have "backed away," according to another. And with that, we move along to the rest of the final 2010 edition of Post-Ups: 

* Exploratory trade talks the Trail Blazers are involved in on multiple fronts hinge on what decision is made with regard to Brandon Roy's short- and long-term health. Team officials already have engaged in internal discussions about trading older players such as Marcus Camby, Andre Miller and Joel Przybilla. Such an avenue would seem to be more likely if it's decided that Roy will miss significantly more than the six games he just sat out due to a bone-on-bone condition in both knees. One scenario involved Miller going to the Bobcats, but those talks took place prior to Charlotte's recent coaching change. The Bobcats now are entering a new evaluation period under coach Paul Silas and have no current interest in straight salary-dump trades. "That's the furthest thing from the truth," one source said. "We want to do basketball deals if we can." 

* A person with knowledge of Camby's thinking confirmed a report that the 14-year veteran would indeed contemplate retirement if traded to a rebuilding team. Camby's overwhelming preference is to stay in Portland, and there is "no close second," the person said. But if a trade to a contending team in a city his family would be willing to relocate to were presented, Camby would be open to the idea. The Knicks, who from time to time have expressed interest in bringing Camby back to New York, are one team that would meet the 36-year-old's approval. 

* The Rockets have been engaged in trade discussions regarding Yao Ming and his expiring $17.7 million contract, but have been met with underwhelming offers thus far. One rival GM said that's because any team contemplating acquiring Yao would have to do so only for cap relief. "You have to do that with the assumption that he'll never play again," the executive said. The balance of Yao's contract for this season is insured due to his latest foot injury, and thus would provide current savings as well as future cap relief. 

* According to Kings GM Geoff Petrie, Tyreke Evans' injury prognosis may not be as bad as it seems. Petrie told Wednesday that specialists have informed the team that if Evans elects to undergo a laser procedure to resolve plantar fasciitis in his left foot, he could be back as fast as 3-4 weeks -- not the 3-4 months that Evans told reporters after a one-point loss to the Clippers Monday night. In that game, Evans scored 32 points in 40 minutes. On Wednesday night, he hit a 50-foot game-winner to give the Kings a 100-98 victory over Memphis. "He seems to be managing it fairly well right at the moment," Petrie said. 

* The December holidays brought an intermission to labor talks, with no substantive negotiation expected until after the New Year. But in recent weeks, at least 10 teams have signed petitions approving decertification -- a tactic that would put the owners' right to lock out the players in legal question. National Basketball Players Association officials plan to continue meeting with teams in January and get further decertification petitions signed. If and when the owners notify players of a lockout at or near the expiration date of the current CBA on July 1, union officials will have the paperwork they need to dissolve the union and challenge the lockout as a violation of antitrust laws. But there are divergent views in the labor-law world on whether decertification is a legitimate tactic. In his most recent public appearance in Memphis earlier this month, commissioner David Stern described it as "a nuclear option. But I'm not sure whether it isn't the nuclear option that falls on the party that launches it."

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:00 pm


Starblazer, I couldn't agree with you more!

Anthony is NOT going to New Jersey and I don't know why these media outlets continue writing these stories.  Carmelo is a FA after the season and has already stated he will only sign with the Knicks, his hometown team.  The Knicks would be a great fit for him, especially after the Stoudemire signing, and it's always been his dream to play for them.

Furthermore, why would he even want to go to the Nets?  They're not exactly one of the most storied teams in NBA history, they have a roster full of GARBAGE, and they play in North Jersey.  Even when they move to Brooklyn, the Nets are essentially the equivalent of an expansion team.  Anthony isn't going to sign an extension with New Jersey and I highly doubt they'd be dumb enough to trade a bunch of talent for a guy that will only be there for half a season.

Personally, I give credit to 'Melo because he's sticking to his guns.  He's always wanted to play for his hometown team and it's the only team with whom he'd be willing to re-sign an extension.  Moreover, Anthony isn't going to sell out by saying he's always dreamed of being a Knick, only to follow other Superstars to a different city like LeFraud did.  Anthony wants to play in New York, BUILD a team, and EARN a championship.  Plus, bringing the Knicks back to relevance would help his legacy and the overall competitive balance in the NBA.

As for my hometown Sixers, I don't know why management can't fix this team and bring the Sixers back some respect.  The 76ers don't have the same history as Chicago, Detroit, L.A. or Boston, but they were one of the best teams throughout the 80's and early 90's and had some of the premier players in NBA history (Dr. J, Barkley, Moses Malone, Iverson, etc.).  Watching the Sixers makes me SICK, especially when our MORON of a GM (Stefanski) goes out and signs a washed-up Elton Brand to a max contract then forks over another $90M for one of the most overrated players in the NBA (Iguodala).  The Sixers have some good young players in Thaddus Young and Jrue Holiday, but they need to jettison the HUGE Brand/Iguodala contracts and sign/trade for some legitimate superstars to surround these guys with.  It would be nice if the Sixers could actually be in the running for guys like 'Melo and superstars would actually WANT to come here to play (like baseball players want to play for the Phillies).  The Sixers are so sickening that I've had to resort to following Orlando because Jameer Nelson was the PG for my alma mater....SICKENING.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2011 12:58 pm

Congrats Melo...

...nice "layin' low" or "stayin' down". Haven't heard about you and yo weed-ways in a while. Must be "image improvement" time, now that you is lookin' for a big payday. Goooooooooo Nuggets!

Since: Dec 31, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 4:55 pm


You must be a Knicks fan because only those idiots call that franchise a "real team". How many finals appearances have they had in the last 10 years? How many have the Nets had?

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 11:51 am


That has been the theme of these NBA posts by Berger since the countdown to Lebron free agency.  Nothing more than speculation that any fan could engage in. 

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2010 2:51 am


I'm beyond hearing about the nets trading for carmello anthony. I would much rather see someone like wilson chandler and deandre jordan. this would add athletic ability and rebounding with scoring. wilson chandler scores just enough and would fit more into a team concept than the ball commanding carmello and he is a better  rebounder and defender. He has as much to do with the nicks turnaroune as amare stoudemire. Not to mention that he does all of this on the cheap.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:47 am


Really hope the Rockets go after Camby.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:49 pm


Does anyone else get tired of being lured in to reading an article that promises new news, but then basically reveals itself to be 99% speculation, and 1% new developments?  I am tired of being used by sports writers trying to save their butts on slow sports days by misleading us.  Hey Berger, any hack can make up rumours and hide behind the "unnamed sources" mirage that writers create. 

Amen. Berger is a joke.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:48 pm


Earth to dumb guy(Berger), Melo isn't going to play for NJ/Brooklyn. It isn't ever happening, so stop with this none story. Every word you wrote makes you look dumber, if that's possible.

Anthony wants to be in NY with a real team, not play for some joke owner and a coach who talks and coaches like Mickey Mouse. Got that comrade?

Anthony either stays in Denver or is dealt in a sign and trade to the Knicks or perhaps Chicago. NJ has no shot. They never had one and never will. Anthony wants no part of that travesty of a franchise.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 6:41 pm

Recycled OLD NEWS!

Does anyone else get tired of being lured in to reading an article that promises new news, but then basically reveals itself to be 99% speculation, and 1% new developments?  I am tired of being used by sports writers trying to save their butts on slow sports days by misleading us.  Hey Berger, any hack can make up rumours and hide behind the "unnamed sources" mirage that writers create. 

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 5:24 pm


Denver just get it done the only place Melo is going is New York so take what is there because you do not want to be like the CAVS.

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