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Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers

Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:32 pm
The Denver Nuggets are considering offers from at least five teams for Carmelo Anthony and soon will begin the process of deciding what direction to go when they trade the three-time All-Star, multiple sources told Friday. 

Among the teams that have registered the most credible interest are the Nets (obviously), Knicks, Rockets, Bulls, and Clippers, according to three sources familiar with the situation. Details of the various discussions are still evolving, but the one constant has been efforts on the part of the Nuggets and Nets to involve a third team in the discussions. 

The Nuggets have been trying to recruit the Timberwolves as a third team that might be willing to take the expiring contract of Troy Murphy from the Nets and send the Nuggets a first-round pick in the equation. The Wolves have two extra first-round picks in 2011 -- one from Utah and another from Memphis. 

But just as efforts on the Nuggets' part to involve the Cavaliers in the discussions -- an attempt to have Cleveland use its $14.5 million trade exception from the LeBron James fiasco to absorb Murphy -- have gone dormant, so have talks aimed at involving the Detroit Pistons in the scenario. Two sources confirmed to Friday night that the Nets were trying to recruit the Pistons to enter a blockbuster three-team scenario in which New Jersey would've gotten Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Nuggets and Richard Hamilton from the Pistons. The complicated and intriguing scenario was first reported by the The Record of Hackensack, N.J. 

One of the sources confirmed Yahoo! Sports' report via Twitter that the talks died when the Nets tried to extract a first-round pick from the Pistons and dump Johan Petro's $6.75 million due over the next two seasons on Detroit. 

"Dead," is how the source described those talks, although in another form, the Pistons could be enticed to participate if it meant dumping Hamilton's $25 million due over the next two seasons -- $21.5 million of which is guaranteed. 

The Nuggets' essential posture hasn't changed over the past few weeks. They are taking their time, evaluating interest from various teams, and one person familiar with their strategy said they soon will begin weighing the various offers. Denver GM Masai Ujiri and executive Josh Kroenke are in no hurry, and most executives involved in the talks believe the situation will go right down to the Feb. 24 trade deadline -- with the Nets still the leader in the clubhouse, pending Anthony's approval of a contract extension with New Jersey. That is where the Pistons' potential involvement could become crucial, as Anthony presumably would be more likely to sign off on a three-year, $65 million extension with New Jersey if Billups and Hamilton were on board. Oddly enough, it would represent a formation of the trio that could've been created in Detroit if the Pistons had selected Anthony instead of Darko Milicic in the 2003 draft. 

Such a scenario wasn't in play about a month ago, when a person directly involved in Anthony's decision-making process told that Melo -- if traded -- would only agree to a contract extension with the Knicks. There have been no indications that Anthony has changed his stance, although that hasn't stopped his suitors from lining up and putting their best offers forward. 

Among the teams that believe they have at least a puncher's chance of landing Anthony, the Nets have always been the one with the most attractive assets to the Nuggets: Derrick Favors, the expiring contract of Murphy and multiple first-round picks. The Nuggets appear to have decided they prefer going young while acquiring draft picks and prospects over established players -- which would seem to bode poorly for the Knicks, whose existing players have yet to draw serious interest from the Nuggets. But the Knicks continue taking a patient approach, with the understanding that they're performing at a playoff level without Anthony and would have the inside track to sign him as a free agent if the Nuggets weren't able to achieve an acceptable trade by the deadline. 

If the Nuggets were able to parlay Murphy's expiring deal into another first-round pick while also going farther down the road toward youth and savings by unloading Billups, it would seem to represent nirvana among the various Melo scenarios they are considering. The Nets also have made it clear they'd be willing to take on Al Harrington -- due $27 million over the next four years, of which $20 million is guaranteed. 

As for the other teams in the mix, the Rockets can offer the Nuggets enormous savings in the form of Yao Ming's expiring (and insured) contract as well as the expiring contracts of Shane Battier and Jared Jeffries, plus young assets such as Aaron Brooks, Jordan Hill, Chase Budinger or Courtney Lee. The Clippers have one of the most valuable first-round picks on the market in the form of Minnesota's 2011 first-rounder, which is unprotected in 2012, plus young assets such as Al-Farouq Aminu and DeAndre Jordan. The Bulls have not been regarded as a serious contender since signing Joakim Noah to a contract extension, which signaled their unwillingness to trade him and made it impractical due to base-year compensation rules.

Since: Aug 14, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:02 pm

Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers

You sound like a dam fool and you obviously know nothing about Basketball.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:42 pm

Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers

I must be missing something. Why discuss? Why debate? "What's Denver's best option?" "The Nets have the upper hand." How about no options, no upper hand and absolutely no trade will come to fruition unless it's with the Knicks. Melo can veto any trade and will unless it's with the Knicks. The Nets can name the arena after Melo, he's still not going. I love hearing how Denver can be patient. Huh? It almost makes it sound like they are holding the cards. "Melo we made a trade with the Nets, how about it?" "No." "Bulls?" "No." "Detroit?" "No." Etc., etc., etc. 
February 24th will be here soon enough and Denver will call Walsh and the Knicks. Why? Because Melo wants to go to the Knicks and will eventually land at MSG whether it's now or later. Should the Knicks offer the Nugget's more than a bag of balls? What do you think? People keep asking if the Knicks could risk losing Melo by waiting too long or could Denver bluff the Knicks into making a substantial trade offer?  My god don't do that. All the leverage is in Melo's hands and the Knicks have to understand that. If they do he's a Knick, whether it's tomorrow or next season. If they don't than Isiah and Dolan are secretly texting each other. 
So let's hear about more three way trade offers, multiple 1st round picks or insured contracts. The Devils are looking to clean house. Would they be willing to talk Parisi and a 1st rounder for Melo? 
Melo's a Knick! 

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 11:47 am

There wasn't any NEW news here!

Does anyone else get tired of being bludgeoned with old news over and over again?  If there is nothing new to report, then there is no sense writing the article!  I wished web sites would allow readers to score articles.  I would give this one an F for being a fracking waste of my time.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:58 am

Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers

Is there a way the sixers can get involved in this?  I don't want that thug anthony, but if we can throw out Iggy and Brand and get a few orange baskets in return, that would be great.

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:32 am

Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers

, you fn toolbox. These scenarios have been played out for months. You think that it's taken 4 months to contact all teams that could take part in a trade? These guys running the show knew exactly what was going down months ago. The media though, is grasping at straws and playing the "from a source we can't tell you about" card to allow for them to regurgitate these things over and over. The math, if you knew how to add, makes no sense under the HARD salary cap. Tomorrow, illusion, you can write a blog about what's going to happen with another team, because you'd have as much credibility as Burger. I'll write on Sunday, after I watch some playoff football. See you then!!!

Shut up you idiot, nobody wants to hear you write, you're just some nerd who likes to comment on CBS articles thinking you're a writer. LMAO, what a joke, here's an idea. Why don't you go upstairs, tell your Mom you're moving out and get a life. Some of us actually come here to read these articles, you don't like it then don't read it! You get that part? It's not that hard, don't click on the article numb nuts, lol!

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:32 pm

Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers

here's what u dont get..he wont play in philly..he controls where he goes because of no trade clause..they WILL take knicks best offer or lose him for nothing in free agency..this is a dumb argument..hes going to knicks no matter what..just a matter of when

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:21 pm

Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers

Whew, I wish Dallas would trade Dirk for Melo.  Enough of this flat-footed madness!

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 3:00 pm

Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers

In my mind Chicago would be the favorite to win it all if they can land Melo without losing Rose, Boozer or Noah. That scenario isn't likely but I would love to see that Bulls team take on Miami and shut up the "Heatles".

Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:18 pm

Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers

This kid is a big time star that probably will only play on a big time stage. I cannot see him in Houston without Yao Ming. With Ming playing and in good health Anthony would be a good fit. LA and Chicago, big markets with tremdous young talent would also be good fits. Do not think that Minnesota will want to get into this mix in any form. They are building really nice though the draft and with two first round picks coming they are on the move to a division title. I see him going to the Knicks. Most famous arena in the world, big time team right now, closest team interested (other than the Nets) to his home town in Virginia where he played at Oak Hill, and he probably has a lot of friends in the area from his playing days at Syracuse. The Knicks look really good but with all of the already good teams from San Antonio, LA, Boston, Miami, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Utah, and others they need that one more big guy, a fantasy stud, to give them a super shot a the championship. Anthony is just coming up on 27 years old and playing with Stoudermire who just turned 29 in November would give the Knicks a super one two punch. Also the Knicks have put together a lot of good young talent in Chandler, Felton, Landry, and Gallinari. With Anthony on the team double teams on Stoudermire would be a thing in the past. This would be a tough defensive match up for a lot of already good teams. Also he will have the opprotunity to play for Mike D'Antoni who runs a up tempo style offense that should work to make Anthony a top five scorer for years to come. Wherever he lands I sure hope that I get him in my next draft. Good Luck!

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:07 pm

Nuggets prepared to weigh Melo offers

Knicks are in a pickle--if they yield several current pieces for Melo, it's unlikely the new group will mesh into a force capable of fully contending.  On the other hand, they are truly a 5-6 seed type team right now.  Their best bet is to work through this season, then go after Melo next summer.

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