Posted by Royce Young
The deal is on the table. Or at least reportedly it is. And by the sounds of it, everyone is good with it. Even Carmelo Anthony.
Except for some reason, the Nuggets are taking their time. According to Sam Amick of FanHouse and Adrian Wojanrowski of Yahoo!, the Nuggets are putting the deal in jeopardy because they're dragging their feet.
Nets new general manager Billy King is growing impatient and according to Amick's report, may just say forget it. Quite a thing to do just because a team is taking a little extra time deciding on whether or not to pull the trigger on trading their franchise player, but hey, nobody messes with Billy King. Nobody.
Amick also tweeted that goodwill is fading fast between the Nuggets and the other three teams involved in the talks. He says the Nets, Jazz and Bobcats aren't thrilled with the way things are being handled. I guess that happens when you're working in a new owner, new general manager and new consultants to those people.
Wojnarowski mentioned that the holdup for the Nuggets stems from them hoping for a better deal. According to sources, Wojnarowski said Denver hoped to work a deal for maybe Blake Griffin and still is holding hope for Joakim Noah.
As it stands now, the Nuggets would received Derrick Favors, Andrei Kirilenko and two first-round picks in the current proposed deal. Not a shabby deal by any means, but you can't blame them for wanting more for Carmelo.
However, if Denver takes too much time, the teams involved may pull the plug, leaving the Nuggets to find another suitor. And with other teams like the Clippers and Bulls saying their young talent is off the table (Griffin and Noah), Denver could have a hard time finding a deal as good as the current one. It's possible because there's still a lot of time and Anthony is clearly a hot commodity, but the current deal brings Denver everything they supposedly want.
The Nuggets have had their hand forced in this situation from the beginning. And the deeper it goes, the more leverage they lose.