The Melo watch is now in full effect.
It appears that Denver Nuggets franchise player Carmelo Anthony, who will become a free agent after the 2010-2011 season, is a little unhappy with his situation in Denver and wants out. I guess you can’t blame him considering that his boys teamed up in South Beach without him this summer. Meanwhile, Denver made little moves to get over their biggest hump, the Lakers. In fact, Denver looks more vulnerable now than they did last year when they lost their head coach George Karl to throat cancer treatment.
So what’s Melo’s motivation to stay? Anyone????
Anthony’s refusal to sign an extension over the last few months should have been the spark to light a fire under management. Melo should be priority Numero Uno, if you ask me. Even the smallest possibility of trading Anthony is financial suicide for this organization. Yet here we are! The Denver Nuggets have major interests in young top-level players and future draft picks. In essence, the team wants to cut down in salary but at what cost?
Trading Anthony will not be as easy as it seems. NBA teams want to be assured that he is committed to them and not treating them as a stepping stone towards a more ideal situation. So before this can develop, an extension has to be signed and I find it extremely hard to believe a team will go forward with a trade without that happening.
The New York Knicks are the preferred choice for Anthony with Chicago, Houston and New Jersey as the secondary choices. According to some sources, New Jersey is putting on the full court press in hopes of acquiring the three-time All-Star. ESPN reported that the Nets are willing to deal Derrick Favors (their number 3 overall pick), Troy Murphy, Kris Humphries and a future draft pick.
The World Wide Leader in Sports is also reporting that the Chicago Bulls is bringing some heat into the Anthony sweepstakes, but are they willing to give up Joakim Noah and Luol Deng? That’s what the Nuggets want for Melo.
Denver should do any and everything they can to keep Melo. What’s the problem? By saving a little money, you’re going to lose your cash cow? This team was a few pieces away from being that beast in the West just a couple of years ago. Now they are going to potentially lose the best athlete this city has seen since John Elway?
Chauncey Billups has to feel sick right about now, not to mention head coach George Karl. He’s probably thinking, “Wow! I came back for this”?
As for Denver fans! It’s time to push the panic button, because it’s a good chance that your team will look like the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.
By Keith Madyun