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Report: Carmelo Anthony told Denver owner face-to-face to trade him, team trying

Aug 26, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for canthony_arty.jpgCongratulations on the new gig Masai Ujiri, now go trade Carmelo Anthony and make sure you get us a good deal…

Not sure that was the exact welcoming package for the new Denver Nuggets general manager, but a new report says it may not be far off. And apparently the Nets and Clippers are the frontrunners to be the new team for ‘Melo.

Anthony cannot publicly request a trade unless he wants to pay some very steep fines, so everything is handled through back channels. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, the master of back channels — William Wesley — told the Nuggets in no uncertain terms they needed to move the superstar in an extend-and-trade deal. That Anthony was not going to sign the three-year, $65 million extension in front of him.

Wesley is an employee of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which is also home to Leon Rose, Anthony’s agent. That Wesley did this was long rumored, but not confirmed.

It would explain why soon-to-be owner Josh Kroenke flew out to meet face-to-face with Anthony last weekend. Again, the answer was “trade me or lose me” according to the report.

This wasn’t a productive, nor particularly pleasant, meeting and multiple sources said it could turn out to be the point of no return for Anthony and the organization. Sources insist it’s no longer a matter of if the Nuggets trade Anthony, but when, where and for whom he’s traded for.

“It’s almost a given they’re going to move him,” said a front-office executive who’s talked with the Nuggets and Anthony’s agents with CAA.

Anthony allegedly gave the Nuggets a list of teams where he would sign an extend-and-trade deal. Then owner Stan Kroenke — father of Josh and the man just approved to be owner of the St. Louis Rams — told CAA to stop dictating the terms of the deal or he would personally never deal with a CAA player again and would not trade Anthony before the season ended.

The two sides will need to come to some compromise here. While theoretically the Nuggets could trade him anywhere they wanted, no team is going to make an expensive one-year rental of Anthony, they will want him to sign the extension as part of the trade. If Anthony doesn’t sign, the deal would be dead. However the Nuggets could hold on to Anthony and not trade him, likely costing Anthony tens of millions of dollars on his next contract (under a new, likely much stricter collective bargaining agreement).

Both teams have some leverage here. They are going to have to learn to play nice.

The reports says the Nets and Clippers are the front runners because they can provide young players and draft picks to the Nuggets, who would need those things to rebuild. Both also are major media centers that would likely appeal to Anthony’s new bride, actress LaLa Vasquez.

The Nets are now owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, and are playing for two seasons in Newark while a new arena is built in Brooklyn. The team has a good young core, a new coach in Avery Johnson and a new attitude.

It would be interesting to see if Anthony would sign an extension to play for the Clippers. On paper, they have a ton of potential, good young players looking for a star to lead them. But would Anthony trust the prime of his career to owner Donald Sterling?

Lots of questions, but apparently we will get the answer sooner, not later.

  1. Nicholas Angelo - Aug 26, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    The Nuggets played just fine without Mr. Anthony when he was hurt last season. Personally, I lost all respect for him when he sucker punched a New York Knick and then backtracked like the little chicken that he really is. Time to say good-bye, enough is enough, too soft on defense most of time anyway. It’s defense that wins championships Carmelo! Period!

  2. Jay - Aug 27, 2010 at 4:09 AM

    Too Bad the Knicks aren’t mentioned….they deserve this SOFT GOOF.

  3. fiveiron - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    Drop him off in the middle of Newark, or East St. Louis, IL.of

  4. AllahBuild - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    You are obviously a very young inexperienced fan. Carmelo is an NBA superstar, scoring second only to Lebron. Any team that he goes to automatically becomes a playoff team.The Knicks with Amare,Randolph,felton,Gallo,and Chandler, are a playoff team NOW! If the Knicks could secure Melo, by any means neccesary, the Knicks could compete for the East, in real fashion. Next year with the possible acquisition of CP3, the Knicks every year would be contenders for a NBA Championship. No one will remember the punch you seem to Harbour so tightly to your bossom, with the exception of possibly YOU!

  5. Sam - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    NBA players are like giant spoiled children. Personally I think Carmelo should be forced to pick up trash cans or clean sewage to see how good he has it. I hope he ends up with a broken knee.

  6. larry - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    can score with anybody. great first step and impressive handle for a big guy. probably learned a lot from playing with chauncy. i don’t know much about his defense and i guess he is the type of guy who playing in the right system could be a great defender. do not think that he is in same category as bryant, wade, james, durant and howard.

  7. Omnius - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Carmelo is just another deadbeat overhyped overpaid ball hog who is only interested in himself. Denver would be better off dumping this worthless deadbeat on some Eastern Creampuff team and finding some new players eager to prove themselves. So little class in the NBA as too many of the supposed best ballers are nothing but overpaid crybabies who can’t play defense. Kobe Bryant is the greatest player in the NBA and the Repeat World Champion Lakers will Threepeat this coming June!

  8. cmac - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Could you not have made your points with out personally attacking another poster for their opinoin? You called him inexperienced as an NBA fan, it appears you are immature as as adult.

  9. #1RockiesFan - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    I don’t know what Nuggets games many of you have been watching, but Melo is not “another deadbeat overhyped overpaid ball hog who is only interested in himself”. Melo is a top 5 NBA superstar who will pass the ball to any open teammate for a shot. He certainly can create his own shot and has the best first step of any big man playing anywhere. He has gotten better each and every year and has personally taken the Nuggets to the playoffs each year he’s been in the league. He works extremely hard in the off season to improve his game and to be in top condition. The Nuggets management has made no effort to surround him with a better ballclub. Outside of trading for Chauncey (great deal), they have gone with the same bunch of bums supporting him for the past seven years. He is no idiot – he can see that this cast of characters is never going to get to a championship series and it’s time to move on to an organization committed to winning one. I hate to see the man go, but I do understand his position.

  10. surlybird - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    I hope that the Bulls are somewhere on his list. Living close to Chicago I would go to quite a few games. Plan on it anyways, that would be a huge bonus.

  11. Dale Hanks - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    I have watched Melo through his whole career. He can be clutch but overall is not a playmaker but rather a play finisher. He needs good players around him while at the same time being featured. He has a DUI, he “allegedly” smokes dope. He grew up in Denver and now he wants to move out on his own. Let him.
    Face it, Denver is not a basketball city, has never been. Its fun to watch, and occasionally the dice roll correctly and we make it to the conference finals, but we are never going to be NBA champs. Joe Dumars gave us Melo, and we wasted the opportunity by going with Nene, K-Mart, etc.

  12. RockinRick - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    It makes me want to puke when people hold Kobe up as any different than LeBron, Melo, etc. Of course he’s on his best behavior now, things are great in La-La land. But a couple years ago, when they weren’t winning, he whined and acted like a spoiled child. First, he ran Shaq out of town, so that he could be the man. Then he turned into an indiscriminate chucker, going for 81 in one game. But that wasn’t good enough, the Lakers hadn’t surrounded him with Champoionship talent. Then in a playoff game against the Suns, in which they were being blown out by 30, he petulantly didn’t take but a coule shots in the second half, his way of saying, look at me, we can’t win without me chucking. The Suns were a better team at the time, they would have won anyway. Then he demanded a trade in the summer of 07, ands followed it up with a video dissing teammate Andrew Bynum. Then came the outrageous gift of Pau Gasol from the Grizzlies and things started to change. But not until the Lakers got obliterated by 39 points in the NBA Finals in Game 6 & choked a 20+ point lead off in game 4. Kobe was so vocal & obnoxious in berating his teamates during the Finals that year that it was heard by anyone within earshot of the court. That’s not even mentioning his rape indictment. But now, he’s won the last two titles, so everything seems to be forgotten. It’s easy to be okay when everything’s going right. No, Kobe is just as big or bigger of an @$$ as any of these guys, don’t fool yourself. But this is by no means a dominant Laker team, despite the two titles. Both tiles have been won just by a hair. Sooner or later they won’t be winning championships again. We’ll see how his behavior reverts when that happens.

  13. Dj Quest - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    He grew up in West Baltimore, not Denver…
    Unlike Lebron, Kobe, KG, CP3, Dwight Howard, (the list goes on) he has taken his team to the playoffs EVERY YEAR he has been in the league. Melo is a top 5 talent and if it wasn’t for two errant passes last two seasons ago, Denver beats LA and goes to the finals.
    He has not been a model citizen but he hasn’t done anyth too eggrigious (sp?)to warrant the Ron Artest label.
    Bottom line, he is not required to stay with any team any more than any GM is required to let players know they have been traded to another city and have to report in 48 hours.
    What it really coems down to is the fact that the players have decided to use their leverage rather than allow someone else dictact how their lives/careers are goign to play out. If Melo wants to bounce to another city and take a $$$ hit in the process, he has the right to do so.

  14. Zed - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Carmelo Anthony is dangerous to Pat Riley’s plans for the Miami Heat. If Orlando manages to snatch him, the Heat-wave is over on day one.
    It’s clear to basketball fans everywhere that these superstars have had it with watching Kobe and the Lakers hoist another trophy up in triumph. So, they’ve conceded the western conference to the Lakers and are now trying to form an eastern conference juggernaut by joining forces with other superstars to meet the Lakers head-on and kill any hope of a Laker three-peat. That’s why Carmelo is demanding a trade; he knows that the Nuggets (having done nothing to upgrade themselves in the off-season) are no match for the Lakers. So, if he’s going to matter, to play a leading role in this incredible story now unfolding, he has to demand a trade; he won’t get to the promise land in a Nuggets uniform.

  15. Drew - Aug 27, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Very well put. I’ve long been echoing similar sentiments. Sports is a “what have you done for me lately?” industry. Winning seems to dissolve people’s memories of any previous wrong-doing. I’m sure you could chalk up SOME of Kobe’s development to maturity, but more likely, surrounding him with Gasol has placated a lot of childish behavior from him in the past.
    The reality is Kobe is no more “clutch” or “complete” than Lebron or Wade is, he’s been the beneficiary of having two of the best big men in the game in their primes. Lebron has taken average talent as far as he could. You could probably argue the same about Melo. And, if anyone is making a Kobe-Jordan comparison, Jordan won six titles (probably would’ve been 3 or 4 more) without a single dominant scoring big man. That’s quite a feat.

  16. sparks89 - Aug 27, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    you are very obviously a Knick fan. and the Knicks would have to give up Gallinari, Randolph and Chandler to get Melo. there’s no way that Denver gets the best offer from the Knicks. and I agree with the poster that you are trying to diss; when Melo punched Mardy Collins (he was on your own team and you can’t remember his name..) he lost what little respect I had for him. you are a homer who can’t look at this objectively.

  17. 567345 - Aug 27, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Half the NBA towns should just quit. Sacramento, Cleveland, Portland, Phoenix, Memphis, etc… If you’re not a major city with awesome clubs and sponsor money, a superstar will just not play in your city. Scrub towns get scrub players and lose forever. It’s sad that ego and money subvert loyalty to a team/owner/city that embraces a young player and gives them a chance to be a champion.

  18. 567345 - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    sorry, I don’t mean to call those fine cities scrub towns. I’m just irritated at the ways todays NBA “superstars” are handling life as a professional athlete.

  19. doyourhomework,America - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Screw this article- He’s coming to the Knicks!!!

  20. McDaddy - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    I agree that some of the “superstars” behave like brats.
    LeBron and Kobe both come to mind. LeBron’s refusal to congratulate
    the Magic after losing in the 2009 Eastern Conference Championship
    was unbelievable. Then “The Decision” on ESPN.
    Kobe is the same. They are both great basketball players but
    not very likable. And I don’t care how many championships Kobe
    ends up winning – he is not as good as Jordan. Jordan would have
    never played so poorly in a game seven like Kobe did last June.
    I miss Magic Johnson (whom I consider still the greatest Laker of
    all time), Larry Bird, Kareem, and Doctor J. These younger guys
    should take not of the character of these former greats.
    Dwayne Wade is a class act though.

  21. McDaddy - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Take note is what I meant to say. Take notes Lebron.
    Probably too late for Kobe. Kobe could probably care less what people think of him, just as long as he is winning.
    And should have mentioned Kevin D. who seems like a good man.
    He may be considered the best player in the NBA after next season.

  22. Neicy - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    That was not somsething to say nice/would you want someone to wish any harm on you or anyone you know? Think about it/should not be hard to answer!

  23. Drew - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Utah built a winning franchise for nearly two decades around Karl Malone and John Stockton. Al Jefferson seems overjoyed to be there now. Kevin Garnett produced some good teams in Minnesota. Phoenix has been on the cusp of a championship a few times and has had consistent playoff appearances. Portland has had winning teams. Oklahoma City is on the rise.
    I don’t think just because you’re small market, you’re destined to lose. Great players will attract other good players to play with them. Look at New York – the biggest draw in North America – and the Knicks have been a perennial loser for a decade now. The LA Clippers are a major market team and are the laughing stock of the NBA. It’s about management, not market.

  24. McDaddy - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Whom are you referring to Neicy? I don’t see any comments
    wishing harm on anybody. Are you a woman? Why are the women
    on these forums always admonishing us for our comments?
    Take your mommy act where it belongs – out of here!

  25. sparks89 - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    just like Lebron did, and Chris Paul did, and Joe Johnson did…

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