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Your team may have a better trade for 'Melo, but if he wants to go to New York he will

Aug 18, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Anthony_game.jpgIt’s everybody’s favorite new game — come up with a trade for Carmelo Anthony.

‘Melo wants out of Denver and from radio talk shows in Chicago to Timberwolves message boards everybody has an offer to bring Anthony to their city. Chicago fans have a plan. So do Nets fans, Lakers fans, Magic fans and so an and so on.

And some of those plans are better than what New York is offering (reportedly something like Danilo Gallinari, Eddy Curry and his contract, plus a future first round pick). Why wouldn’t Denver jump at those other offers?

Because Anthony controls the game, he has the leverage. And Denver isn’t jumping anywhere quickly anyway.

Let’s get to the second part of that first. Right now Denver has no general manager, they are in the process of hiring one (probably David Griffin from Phoenix). There is someone filling the role for Denver right now, but that person is not going to make some big trade.

When the new GM is hired, he is going to want to sit down face-to-face with Anthony and try to use the Jedi mind trick that Dell Demps used on Chris Paul in New Orleans. (“You do not want to get traded.” “I do not want to get traded.” “You want us to build around you here.” “I want you to build around me here.”)

If and when that fails, Anthony gets to call the shots.

No team is going to give up the massive assets Denver will demand in a trade just for a one-year rental. Teams will want to do an extend-and-trade similar to what was done with Kevin Garnett, that way teams know they have him for at least three years. Anthony wants that, too, because he wants the max money under this Collective Bargaining Agreement.

But because Anthony has to sign any extension, and no team will take him without it, he has leverage. Denver may like an offer from Chicago or Orlando better, but if Anthony refuses to sign the extension the other teams will not make the trade.

Anthony may prefer New York, but Frank Isola of the New York Daily News says there are other options.

Anthony, who was born in Brooklyn, has told close associates that New York is his preferred destination, although the Knicks will face stiff competition from the Bulls, Magic and Jay-Z’s Nets.

Over at Sports Illustrated, the Houston Rockets and Nets are listed as the two teams besides the Knicks he likes.

The Nets, of course, will play in Brooklyn in two years. That has to be a draw.

But if the team is not a draw to Anthony himself, it’s all moot. He has leverage.

  1. William the Conqueror - Aug 18, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    I like Carmelo’s stance. He doesn’t have to make a move for a while; however, Denver better find a way to sign him or trade him before they lose him to free agency like Lebron.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if Carmelo ended up in Miami too? All they would need is a decent center and they would own the NBA for years.
    However, Commissioner Stern would never let that happen. The league would fold if they allow teams to stack up the best palyers in the league.

  2. Letmeknow - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Come on to the Chi, it’s much cleaner than NY!

  3. Ian - Aug 18, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Sacramento is the place to be. Tyreke, Cousins, and a bunch of other young talent If Carmelo comes here they can be good for along time.

  4. josian aner santiago rivera - Aug 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    heyyy trade to new york because carmelo nex season is free agent and denver lost a player the knicks player are god look the cavaliers are nothing replasment for lebron thinking this decision beause denver lost the god player or nothing.

  5. josian aner santiago rivera - Aug 19, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    what ever the lakers are the best teem in nba this moments not the heat is true my coments

  6. rivera - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Melo, Rose and Nokim, Championship Baby!!!

  7. Alk. Bridge - Aug 20, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    True Chicago Born, That is the best place for him, he has all the tools to get to the rim, he can face the hoop, or back down leboy all day, wade should have came here with him, to bad we lost Gordon also, but they will make lots of waves for Miami, and Orlando. now they need one another defense gaurd, and Chi will be set, put pressure on all east coast, and give the west a run also.

  8. Ak. Bridge - Aug 20, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    posted late on the melo thing, then spot time posted, it is not just 10:20 p.m. here, up on the Slope, make us all want to get NBA package for games this yr, for Satellite.

  9. BB FAN - Aug 20, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Carmelo should go to CLeveland and finish what LeBooBoo couldn’t!!!

  10. Anonymous - Aug 20, 2010 at 2:54 PM


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