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.
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.