Tag:Denver Nuggets
Posted on: October 6, 2010 8:15 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 8:41 pm
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Melodrama: It's not over yet

Posted by Royce Young

Remember Carmelo Anthony? Nobody has talked about him for a while but that doesn't mean things aren't happening. In fact, a lot is. As Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports, the Nuggets are still "extremely active" in exploring options for trading Anthony. One source even indicated to Berger that this could be the "calm before the storm" and that though things seem to have chilled, calls are still being made.

A few highlights:
  • If the Nuggets are going to go through with this, they're wanting to find a replacement for Andrei Kirilenko. His big $17.8 million contract is scaring them off and according to Ken, the Nuggets have no interest in re-signing the Russian.
  • Here's a bombshell: Chauncey Billups could be added in the talks. If the Nuggets are willing to just completely blow things up, Billups could be involved in the trade. As Ken reports, sending Billups to Charlotte would alleviate Larry Brown's desire to get a point guard out of this deal.
  • Denver has looked everywhere. They've considered deals for the Clippers' Chris Kaman, the Bulls' Luol Deng, the Nets' Devin Harris and the Bobcats' Gerald Wallace, sources tell Ken. The Bulls appear to be a long-shot after Joakim Noah's extension. and the Bobcats continue to be reluctant to trade Wallace unless they're getting Anthony, who wouldn't sign an extension in Charlotte.
  • A new team could settle in as a fourth team in the talks and Berger says that could be Detroit. Sources tell Ken the Nuggets inquired several weeks ago about the availability of Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince -- with a focus on Prince, whose $11.1 million contract is expiring and would provide some savings for the Nuggets. At the time, Pistons president Joe Dumars quickly dismissed the deal. But according to Ken, there's a chance Detroit's mind could change with reports this week that the team will be sold to Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.
  • Two teams that have inquired but as of now you can cross off: the Sixers and Cavs. Carmelo has indicated that he wouldn't sign an extension in either place.
  • The Knicks continue to cross their fingers that Carmelo hangs around in Denver. And Carmelo might be wishing the same. The longer he stays there, the less Denver is going to require in return and the more chance there is New York could just Carmelo next summer.
But the main thing to take away is that the Nuggets still haven't lowered their demands. And at this point, they still have as much leverage as their going to get. It's believed the four-team deal that died over a week ago was made public by the Nuggets in order to try and entice teams to one-up the current offer.

Denver appears somewhat content to try and wait out an offer they can't refuse, though as of now, the best one on the table sounds like it's coming from New Jersey. And the Nets are also currently the team pushing hardest. It all comes down to finding acceptable third party partners and potentially involving Detroit might be enough.

Though all's quiet on the Carmelo front right now, it probably won't stay that way for long.
Posted on: October 3, 2010 6:47 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2010 6:48 pm
 

Report: Carmelo says a trade is possible

Posted by Royce Young

Finally admitting to what the rest of the world already kind of knew, Carmelo Anthony kind of sort of conceded that he may not spend all season in Denver. Or that he may not even be in powder blue come opening night.

When asked about playing for the Nuggets on opening night, Anthony told The Denver Post, "I don't know, man. I don't know. I'm taking it day by day. It's possible that I will be here opening night."

So of course an astute reporter followed up with, "So you might not be?" And Melo responded, "
Possible means 50-50," Anthony said. "As long as I'm here, I'm going to lead this team."

So that's something. Something for sure.

Carmelo has done a pretty excellent job keeping his head low and saying all the right things thus far in Nuggets camp, but this is really his first slip in being honest. But that's the thing that everyone keeps forgetting or really, that I just assume everyone keeps forgetting - Melo hasn't asked out (as far as we know). Him saying he's there to play ball is serious. The Nuggets are the ones trying to move Anthony because they fear being LeBron'd.

So Melo saying that it's 50-50 means in talking with ownership, the front office and George Karl that the wheels are in motion to move him. He's said he's fully ready to play in Denver this year and that he'll worry about next season next summer. But by the sounds of it, Melo could definitely be on the move before Denver tips off the season.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 12:31 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2010 12:31 pm
 

Carmelo and Karl finally talk

Posted by Royce Young

George Karl hinted that Carmelo Anthony should sign the three-year extension that's been on the table for months. But yesterday's face-to-face meeting between the two wasn't about that.

"He wanted to go there. He really wanted to go there," Anthony told The Denver Post. "But it was all good. I'm playing now. I'm out here, I'm working hard ... He didn't try to work me over. He just wanted me to really focus in and told me that he is looking for my leadership skills and what I've been doing so far here in training camp."
Karl focused mainly on the season at hand and for good reason - Anthony is actually under contract this year in Denver. In fact, the same goes for Karl.

That's why yesterday's meeting between the two was so quietly interesting. What would Karl tell Anthony? Would he try and talk him into staying? Or was he just carrying out what he was asked by the front office.

Karl might not even be in Denver next season. Besides the fact this is a contract year for Karl, he's also seen a ton of turnover in the past few months, watching close friends walk out the door. The Nuggets are pretty much completely under new leadership, except for Karl who is one of the few left over from the old regime. Plus, he's had to battle cancer twice in the past few years.

So the fact that Karl reportedly focused on talking about the season at hand is no surprise. Because 2011-12 doesn't really matter for either at this moment. Karl's focus might just be one last go at it and then he plans on moving on. Maybe he was candid and told Anthony that. Maybe he played out the part the front office asked him to and attempted to persuade Anthony to sign the extension.

We don't really know because the meeting was behind closed doors and neither one is really sharing much insight into it. But the fact remains both Anthony and Karl are in Denver now. And for both of them, their focus is this season. At least that's what they're saying.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 11:01 am
 

K-Mart's unhappy and isn't in a hurry to get back

Posted by Royce Young

People can interpret Kenyon Martin's statement yesterday about his contract situation two ways. Either he's taking his time coming back because it's a contract year and he wants to be healthy or he's taking his time because he's peeved and it's a pseudo holdout.

Oh yeah, it would probably help if you knew what he said. He told the Denver Post, "I'm not rushing whatsoever. The day I come back is the day I come back," he said. "Think about it: Ain't nobody in a hurry to give me a contract, so why would I be in a hurry to rush back and risk further injury? Makes all the sense in the world, right? Trust me, I've thought about it plenty."

If you're asking my thoughts on this and I know you're not, it sounds to me like he's miffed about his contract situation so he decided to throw a little fit. Yeah Kenyon, don't play and gripe publically about it. That'll show 'em!

Of course Martin wants to be extended, but think about where the Nuggets are coming at this from. They're trying to trade Carmelo Anthony to start a rebuilding process. Martin is 32 years old and has battled knee and leg issues since he came into the league. Heck, he's battling another knee injury right now and that's why he's out. So why on earth would he think it's unreasonable for the Nuggets not to extend him? It would be crazy if they did.

Martin made sure he let people know he wasn't happy though. "I feel me being here and what I've done for this (team) . . . (an offer) would have at least been extended, and it wasn't," Martin told reporters. "I don't know who made that decision, but the decision was made. And I ain't happy. They know it. Everybody knows it."

Yep, everybody knows it now for sure. But I don't think it's helping things at all.
Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 2:38 pm
 

Knicks have deal available for first-round pick

Posted by Royce Young

If you've been following along, you already know this. But the biggest reason the Knicks couldn't get into the meat of the Carmelo Anthony discussions is because they were lacking all the pieces required. That main piece being a first-round pick in next year's draft.

Donnie Walsh even talked about regretting the Tracy McGrady trade in which he gave up a first-rounder. But the Knicks may be able to get back in the game now as Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com reports that New York has a deal available to them in which it can acquire a 2011 first-round pick to use as part of a potential Carmelo trade.

Of course, the key there is getting talks revived and jumping into the driver's seat. The Knicks don't have the best trade pieces, but the fact that New York is Melo's preferred destination and that the Knicks could package a deal better than some, it's possible.

If anything, it's obvious that the Knicks are serious about playing in the Carmelo Sweepstakes. They've made a contingent move in order to make a move, which is a lot closer to Melo than they have been before.

Is this deal good enough to trump what the Nets put together in the four-team deal that's dormant/dead/in a coma? Who knows, because we don't know the parts. But this definitely means that the Knicks shouldn't be counted out just yet.
Posted on: September 30, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: September 30, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Chris Paul reached out to Carmelo Anthony?

Posted by Royce Young

Chris Paul already spent his time under the burning spotlight of speculation and rumor. He knows what that's like. But he made a commitment to stay in New Orleans (for now) and he intends to try and build a winner.

That doesn't mean he wants to build a winner by himself though. As one source told Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Paul sent word to Carmelo Anthony about teaming up together in New Orleans.

Stein spoke with Paul for a nice big feature and that was a topic that CP3 passed over. He waved off the report that he "playfully" suggested during a wedding toast at Carmelo's reception that Melo join him and Amar'e Stoudemire to form their own superteam.

Paul denied the Hornets were in the mix for Anthony, said he wasn't jealous of the trio in Miami and about switching to Leon Rose of CAA he said, "It was just time."

Just because Paul called up Carmelo and said, "Hey, you should come down here and play with me!" doesn't mean anything close to that is happening. The Hornets don't really have near the assets the Nuggets are looking for. A trade of David West, Marcus Thornton and Peja Stojakovic's expiring contract would be decent, but it's not in the ballpark that Denver's looking for at this point.

Besides, a lot of this Melo speculation stems from him wanting the big, bright market for him and his new wife LaLa Vasquez to be able to bask in the lights and make tons of money. I'm not sure if New Orleans exactly qualifies for that.

Now could Anthony wait until next summer and sign in New Orleans? Definitely. That's a possibility. How realistic? I'm not sure. Again, is New Orleans somewhere Anthony is willing to settle into long term?

But as rumored earlier in the week, Carmelo doesn't want to go to his next destination alone and was potentially determining if Paul could join him in two years. If Anthony went to New Jersey, the Nets would certainly have the space to grab CP3 when he's a free agent in 2012. As for New York? That's a bit dicier.

And here's a third scenario just for fun that probably even Carmelo hasn't thought of: Re-up in Denver and in 2012, the Nuggets would have all the necessary cap space to sign Chris Paul. But nah, let's not think about that one. That's no fun.
Posted on: September 29, 2010 6:45 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Melo says he was never approached about the Nets

Posted by Royce Young

Keep in mind, players deny things. Especially when it's something that came out in the media without them directly saying it. But heck, sometimes even when they directly say it, they still deny.

In any event, Carmelo Anthony at Denver's practice today denied if anyone had approached him about being traded to New Jersey. "Not at all," he told reporters in response to being asked about if anyone talked to him about the potential move.

"If (the Nuggets) come to me and say they want to trade me to a team, then we’ll discuss that when that time comes,'' Anthony said.

Anthony once again said he'd love to be with the Nuggets opening night and said that this situation is all about keeping his options open in 2011-12.

When asked if he'd have any interest in going to New Jersey, Carmelo replied, "I'm here. This ain't the offseason. The season has started. I'm not a free agent yet."

I think you can give Melo the gold star for handling this situation perfectly thus far.

But here's one thing I don't think a lot of folks realize: Carmelo has never demanded a trade. He never asked for a way out this year. All of this trade stuff was started on Denver's end because of Anthony's reluctance to sign a three-year extension with the Nuggets.

Because we all heard the "keeping my options open" line from LeBron and Chris Bosh last year, Denver has become gun shy about next summer and trying to re-sign Anthony. Therefore, they opened trade discussions. So don't confuse this situation as Carmelo demanding a trade. He's said he's happy in Denver and that he's more than ready to play there this year. And there's no reason to think otherwise.

Now do I think he's fibbing about talking about if he'd accept a trade to New Jersey? Of course. What would you expect him to do? Come out and say, "Yeah, I'd totally love to play in New Jersey. I already told management I'd sign there." At this point Carmelo is saying and doing all the right things.

George Karl is reportedly going to sit down and have a discussion with Anthony about his future tomorrow. Whether Carmelo comes out of it feeling better (or worse) about Denver is yet to be seen.

But Karl's future in Denver is almost just as uncertain. He's back after a second bout with cancer and has only one year remaining on his contract. Pretty much the entire front office flipped over in Denver and one of his oldest assistants, Tim Grgurich, has moved on. I'm speculating, but maybe Karl tells Anthony that he's not even sure he'll be there in a year either. Maybe he just tries to talk Melo into one more hurrah for the both of them in Denver. Who knows.

Carmelo is completely prepared to play a full season with Denver by all accounts. The ball is in Masai Ujiri's court in terms of if Carmelo is there. The Nuggets know the value is in dealing Anthony, but they also know that they can have him for at least this season if they want.

Carmelo has said he has too much respect for basketball not to play with everything he's got for the Nuggets. So while he may be thinking about playing in New York next summer, he's said he's committed to the Nuggets this season.

This doesn't mean he doesn't get traded. It just means that he's fine if he doesn't. It's all about the open options, ya'll.
Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:04 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2010 12:05 pm
 

MeloDrama: Nets trade dead or just "dormant?"

Posted by Royce Young

Yesterday, the word of the day was "dead." Today, maybe that's changing to "dormant."

A day after the four-team talks fell apart that would Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey, the word is maybe it's not entirely over. As Ken Berger of CBSSports.com tweeted, "One GM in the Melo loop shares my skepticism that 4-team deal irreparably broken. 'Be skeptical,' the exec says. 'I don't believe it.'"

On top of that, Marc Stein of ESPN.com tweeted, "
You've heard word "dead" used to describe four-way trade that would have sent Melo to New Jersey. "Dormant" is far safer description."

So maybe it's not all over? Stein also made the solid point of any time a trade gets this far down the line and has this much work done, it can be revived because there's so much framework already in place. The word "dead" implies that this thing is gone forever. But all it takes to bring it back to life is for Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri to pick up the phone and go back to work on it.

Potentially this could be a PR ploy by the Nets as Devin Harris, wasn't very happy with the swirling trade rumors, now won't get the trade questions every day at practice.
Stein said, "Nets obviously/rightfully want story to die so Devin Harris and Derrick Favors don't get trade questions every day. Safe to say, though, Nets still want Melo. And safe to say Nuggets, much as they're clinging to hope they can somehow talk Melo back on board, won't stop taking/making Melo calls."

It became pretty clear from all the reports about the deal that new teams might have to be involved. But again, it's not all over. Carmelo hasn't changed his stance on wanting out and the Nets haven't changed their mind about wanting him. The big four-team deal may be in a coma right now, but it's not dead.
 
 
 
 
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