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Would Denver trade Carmelo Anthony? Maybe…

Jun 30, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Anthony_game.jpgCarmelo Anthony is the Denver Nuggets right now.

He is the face of the franchise. He is the best player. He is the guy capable of leading them deep into the playoffs.

He is also the guy that could be a free agent next summer. So far, Anthony has been the anti-LeBron, saying he wants to stay in Denver and starting to negotiate with the franchise about an extension. A three-year, $65 million offer is on the table.

Melo told Denver he wants to see a commitment to winning before he signs it.

If he doesn’t sign it, the Nuggets may trade his rather than face the possibility of losing him for nothing as a free agent next summer, according to the Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla.

While their offer of a hefty contract extension proves the Nuggets hope Anthony will remain the face of the franchise for years to come, the team is prepared to trade Melo rather than let him walk as a free agent next summer, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

First off, leaking this could be just the Nuggets trying to put pressure on Melo to sign the deal in front of him.

If not, it’s a move that would send the Nuggets into a rebuilding mode (with Chauncey Billups likely only to play a handful more seasons it would not be that hard to start over). Because you never get equal value when trading a superstar, the Nuggets would be better with young players and picks that would jump-start the process.

But that is a long ways off, because Anthony will sign an extension this year.

What Anthony does not want is to be the first big free agent under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that will be hammered out — and likely locked out — next summer. Whatever the max is under that CBA, it will be less than now. Better to sign this deal and get at least three more years of money under this deal.

That does not preclude a sign-and-extend to another team. But that also would be the last resort for both sides. Stanley Kroenke and family have shown a good and steady hand at ownership, and have made moves to win in the past. They will again.

And unlike some current free agents, it’s hard to picture Melo in anything but powder blue.

  1. mike - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    To the Knicks for Eddy Curry, Galinari, Chandler, Tony Douglas, and 2011 first round pick (could end up being Houston’s)
    Sign Bosh, LBJ, Shaq, Foye
    PG: Foye
    SG: James, Rautins
    SF: Melo, Landry
    PF: Bosh, Garcia
    C: Shaq, Jordan
    PIPE DREAM, I KNOW…however, knicks fans really only have about one more week until their dreams are crushed again for another 10 years…

  2. Panda Claus - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    First place I’ve heard this option (Melo FA or trade) brought up. It makes sense to at least consider, and I wasn’t even thinking about the Billups angle you mentioned.
    I’d love to see Carmelo go back to his roots (Baltimore by way of DC), but other than future draft picks I’m not sure what Washington could surrender that Denver would want.
    I think the Wizards would be in luxury tax territory if they brought in Anthony, and I don’t think that’s where new primary owner Ted Leonsis wants to be.

  3. banner18 - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Hey, you can always get a copy of NBA Live and create such a roster.
    That said, look for LeBron and Wade to stay put and for Bosh to go to Miami. You guys will get Johnson and Stoudemire and make the playoffs next year.

  4. Cortez - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    I say send him to the Bobcats for G. Wallace/T. Chandler(expiring contract/R. Felton

  5. meloistheman - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    I think the only fair trade would be LeBron James for Melo ‘cuz they are evenly matched.

  6. Matt - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    The “source” of this “story” is mark kisla. If you are not from Denver, you may not know…kisla is a self-important pretend journalist. He makes things up, and tries to sell them as fact.

  7. Da Beast - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    This trade makes total sense to me. And like a few of the posters here I see NY as the mixer. Basically they would dump their entire roster except for David Lee (maybe) for Melo. They’d then Nail Lebron, sign Ray Allen, Brad Miller or Shaq to plug the middle and make a play for Chris Paul or Collison from Nawlin’s to play the point. By playoff time they could be serious. BUt they would have to tie all of Shaq’s contract to massive incentives based on rebounds (12-14 per game), blocks (3-5 pg) and assists (7-10pg). In other words, do the exact opposite of what he has done the last 6 years. Become a dominant defensive presence and win championships that way. He is too big and slow to be an offensive force with the likes of Melo and Lebron. But he could become the best defensive center in the NBA for 2-3 years if he wanted to do it.

  8. terry - Jun 30, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Any speculation that Shaq could do any of those things is foolish. he is so far over the hill it’s pathetic. Sad, but pathetic.

  9. Anonymous - Jun 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    i agree with you 100% on Kizla – always negative and boring

  10. Harry - Jun 30, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    How about the the Nuggets trade Carmelo to the Sixers for Iggy, Lou WIlliams, and a future 1st round pick.

  11. stsjfsd - Jun 30, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Oh please..Mark Kisla??? This guy isn’t a beat writer. It’s his job to write inflammatory columns that generate a lot of comments for the paper. Trade Melo…trade Cutler. When the Rockies are out of the playoff picture he will write to trade Jimenez too. Reporting this as actually news is a bit of a stretch.

  12. Drew - Jun 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    I just had an aneurysm trying to bring myself to the level of stupidity Knicks fans on this page have displayed.

  13. rodk47 - Jun 30, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    couldn’t agree more about Kisla…he is reckless, cynical, and irresponsible. there is no story here….of course the Nuggets would trade Melo rather than lose hime for nothing. that doesn’t mean that they’re actually interested in trading him. stupid media hype.

  14. Randy - Jun 30, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Betting he stays, but if and ONLY if Denver became convinced he is not going to stay should they entertain offers. It is so hard to get equal value, but if management thinks there is a decent chance he will walk or seriously consider leaving you can’t let him walk for nothing.
    An offer from Houston of PF Patrick Patterson (#14 pick), Trevor Ariza, an expiring contract and a 2011 1st rd. pick might be the type of deal you would look at. Normally a package like that would fall woefully short, but if you think he will leave it is much better than the alternative.

  15. bezzie - Jun 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    the LAKERS should trade andrew, ron, shannon, and 2011 1st round pick for carmelo. the nuggets would get a defensive force in andrew and ron. ron turned melo over like 7 times in a game this season and andrew is 7ft 285, enough said. shannon is sick wit dunking and they couldn’t get anthing better. you trade melo to any other team he will opt out on them. he will stay with the world champs.
    C.Andrew PF.Nene SF.Ron SG.Smith PG.Billups this would be one of the better defensive teams in the NBA. Maybe they can try to be the 04 Pistons. aaron aflalo guarded kobe pretty good. they would be happy and the lakers would have PAU, MELO, and KOBE”HEARTBREAK”BRYANT MR.BUZZER BEATER!!!!!! the people in denver don’t want to be like the bad clipper teams

  16. Omega - Jun 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    LeBron for ‘Melo is not equal value. ‘Melo is a team player, LeBron has never had a decent enough team around him in Cleveland to know how to be one. The Nuggets under Coach Karl are team oriented, LeBron would NOT fit in with the current culture. I see ‘Melo signing the extension and staying a Nugget for another 4 years at least.

  17. kris johnson - Jun 30, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Gilbert Arenas is still a great player and hopefully has got his act together. Send Gilbert and a #1 pick to Denver for Melo. Arenas averaged 20 pts a game, playing in a new system and has had a year to recuperate. This makes sense money wise and talent wise. The #1 pick is just a sweetener. Head up it is an equal trade. Melo would probably love to come home to the Baltimore area.

  18. BOB THE BUILDER - Jul 1, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Carmelo and Chris Bosh should hook up they would be the best team no doubt going to theNew York Knicks.

  19. luffy - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    Like what I’ve said in all free agent issue posts. Even if they add Moses to their Line-up, the Lakers are still gonna win it next season, no one can stop Kobe and squad from getting the 3peat. Ron Artest is a guy who is always willing to take a paycut for a champ ring and it payed off, unless those free-agent players think like Ron Ron, they won’t win a ring. (Hey I’m talking about the championship over money mindset only not Ron Ron’s crazy brain)
    I’m out, go Kobe, Phil and Lakers…

  20. kelbo202 - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Melo for Arenas would definitely be a good trade..For puts the question at hand to rest..Can Arenas and Wall play together? 2..Arenas has at least 3 years on his contract left worth 80 mil..give that to Denver to handle..and sign Melo to a 3year 65mil..thats 15mil less..Melo and Wall with the development of Blatche and Mcgee.. This can definitely work..Melo will dominate in the East

  21. YES WE CAN - Jul 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    they should go together, but not on the Knicks

  22. DonnieDownUnder - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Hey Amar’e says he’s going to NYC so it’s a done deal LOL

  23. DC - Jul 10, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Carmelo may end up with the Lakers next year because of what happened with the heat this year. New York and Chicago are options but he would need some additional help on those teams if he really wants to win. The Lakers would let some players go and LO would be one of the main guys to leave to free up room for Melo.

  24. airmax2010 - Aug 4, 2010 at 4:56 AM

    Carmelo may end up with the Lakers next year because of what happened with the heat this year. New York and Chicago are options but he would need some additional help on those teams if he really wants to win. The Lakers would let some players go and LO would be one of the main guys to leave to free up room for Melo.

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