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Maybe Melo's not going anywhere this season

Posted on: February 9, 2011 1:23 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

There's one scenario in all this Melodrama that it seems we've yet to even consider: He stays in Denver.

No, not for good, but at least through the rest of this season. It's actually possible, because the Nuggets don't have to do anything with Carmelo Anthony. It's their perogative to trade him if they want.

And according to The Denver Post, there is a scenario is which the Nuggets would keep Carmelo for the rest of the season.
"Those close to the situation say there is a better-than-average chance Anthony will not be dealt until after the season. But that option isn't the best way to collect a significant amount of future assets for the forward. Yet, if the Nuggets are going to get something similar now to what they could get in the offseason, they will opt to keep the team intact and see what it can do in the playoffs."
You know what that probably is? More leverage from the Nuggets. The whole Melo-to-L.A. stuff was entirely done to try and raise the Knicks' eyebrows and that's what this is probably intended for too. The Nuggets are saying, "Oh yeah, well how about we keep him?"

Problem with that is, the Knicks probably wouldn't mind one bit. They already know full well that they can just sign Anthony when he's a free agent this summer. It's just a matter of if someone else can convince Melo to sign an extension in their city, because he's almost definitely getting traded.

So the risk here for the Knicks is that if Melo goes to, say, Dallas, that he'd enjoy himself so much there that he'd just ink an extension with the Mavs. Unlikely, but possible.

If the Nuggets wait until the summer though, they basically axe any decent trade they would've gotten in-season. There's no chance they'll get similar return to what they could get now. Instead of getting actual players and picks, Denver will likely get a trade exception and some cash. Not exactly what they were after by starting up this whole Melo mess.

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Comments

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Maybe Melo's not going anywhere this season

Canyou say Brett Farve another sports diva.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:55 am
 

Maybe Melo's not going anywhere this season

1) Don't let Berger see this article. He'll jump out of a window!
2) AES- Amen!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Maybe Melo's not going anywhere this season

ENOUGH!!! PLEASE, ****ING STOP!!! Day after day after day after day...rumor after rumor after rumor after rumor after rumor! S-T-O-P!!!!!



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Maybe Melo's not going anywhere this season

Either way, my money is on Carmelo being a Knicks next year.  Tired of all this drama, if he WASN'T coming to the Knicks, he would've been dealt already.  Denver is just playing games, trying to get as much out of the Knicks as possible.  Donnie Walsh is playing it smart. 




Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Maybe Melo's not going anywhere this season

If the Nuggets wait until the summer though, they basically axe any decent trade they would've gotten in-season. There's no chance they'll get similar return to what they could get now.


Well, the current Knick deal is certainly very similar to what the Nuggets could get in the summer.  The two players mentioned (Chandler and that t-wolf backup) are just cap space come the summer, and the draft pick is either outside of the top 20 or not until 2014.   What they are left with in the summer is about exactly the current offer.   The Nuggets already are shedding lots of salary either way (Melo, K-mart, JR Smith).  They get current year salary savings, but that's it. 



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