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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. sparks89 - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    we’ve a very good team in Portland, and if we can stay half as healthy as last year and have our players for the playoffs, DANGER DANGER for the L*kers

  2. McDaddy - Aug 27, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Drew and sparks89 are both right. OK City is a time that could
    be a contender very soon. Same with Portland. Portland has a
    billionare owner that can spend as much as any of the big market
    owners.
    If Greg Oden can overcome his injuries and become a legit center,
    then Portland is going to give the Lakers a run for their money.
    They still might anyway. All the Blazers need now is one more
    wingman and they are contendes. BEAT L.A.! BEAT L.A.! BEAT L.A.!

  3. punka booty - Aug 27, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    omg please send him to the clips in a snt. sterling would never waste a talent like him in clipperville. i cant think of a better place to win a ring than in LA.

  4. RockinRick - Aug 27, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Sorry McDaddy, hate to say it but 567345 is absolutely right. You need to read Tim Donaghy’s book, Personal Foul. It details how several small market teams have been screwed out of titles by a corrupt referreeing system. I wish I were wrong, but I’m not. Have you ever noticed how all the controversial results of the past 20 years have benefited big market clubs, most notably the Bulls & Lakers. Do you remember one single time when a small market team benefited from a controversial result? Of course you don’t, it’s never happened. In David Stern’s modern NBA, teams like Utah & Portland are allowed to come close but never win the ultimate prize. The last small market team to win was Seattle, all the way back in 1979 (yes, San Antonio is a big market, 7th largest city in US, Houston is 4th), when Larry O’Brien was commish. Since 1980 only 8 different teams have won titles, all of them big market teams. During the same period 16 NFL teams have won Super Bowls, including Pittsburgh & Green Bay several times, two small market teams that are among the most successful franchises in NFL history. And if you go to a road game for the Steelers or Packers, there are huge amounts of their fans present. So why won’t the NBA’s hierarchy allow small market teams to win? Who knows. Over a 30 year period, you would think at least a couple of them would have inadvertently won if it weren’t fixed. But they haven’t. Read Donaghy’s book. It details how the refs unfairly altered the following series in favor of big market clubs- 98 Bulls vs. Utah game 6 (you won’t believe this one,it’s so obvious), 00 Lakers vs. Portland Game 7, 02 Kings vs. Lakers game 6 (almost a full chapter on this one) & 06 Mavs vs. Heat -games 3-6, when D. Wade shot an outrageous 20+ free throws per game. And while not in the book, I seriously question the integrity of this past June’s game 7 between the Lakers & Celtics. Convenient how the Lakers went to the line an outrageous 21 times in the fourth quater after the Celtics had led almost the entire game & how through games 5-7 the Lakers had a staggering 3-1 free throw advantage. In fact, the Celtics free throw total for all three games was less than the Lakers averaged in each individual game. Pretty fishy to me. And while the Celtics are also a big market team, we know the Lakers are the darlings. Earlier this decade David Stern was asked who his dream finals matchup would be-Lakers vs. Knicks? He responded “Lakers vs. Lakers”. That is a true quote. Pretty sickening, eh? No, I agree with 567345, why do we even keep those teams in the league giving their fans false hope? And I live 50 miles from Portland, so I’d love to see the Blazers break that. Unfortunately, I’m a realist & won’t lose any sleep, because that ain’t gonna happen.

  5. Josh - Aug 27, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    What about San Antonio winning 3 titles, idiot. And what about Detroit. What about Cleveland losing repeatedly, despite being “the chosen one.” And in the 90′s you’ve got Miami winning, Houston winning, the list goes on and on. The refereeing does suck sometimes but every team gets screwed over by it at times–the Lakers in particular have had a very rough road the past three years with the refereeing. Of course you won’t agree with that, but it’s absolutely true. The Lakers won out ultimately because of teamwork, coaching, class and yes, superior talent. Also for what it’s worth, Carmelo is a fine player who will help a good team… maybe a team located in a state that didn’t put Kobe on trial for his life for sleeping with a white woman. Also, LoL why do they mention the Clippers in articles like these? Just ridiculous. And to the article writer, do your “article” first in Microsoft Word, then cut and paste it into your MSNBC blogging software. Microsoft Word will catch all the spelling, grammatical and typo errors for you. Have a nice day.

  6. Drew - Aug 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    RockinRick, I think you’ve got some terrific insight and well-supported arguments. Despite the NBA’s denials that they have no stake and could care less who wins and who loses, nobody really buys that. BUT, it’s incredibly difficult to fix an entire series, or multiple series in favor of one team. Yes, I can see down the stretch in a clinching game having the majority of calls go your way, but not in every game of a series so as to skew the outcome. The Bulls were better than the Jazz and I was cheering hard for Utah.
    Were there some dreadful calls down the stretch in Game 7 in LA against Boston? Absolutely. But, were the Celtics also exhausted and committing cheap fouls? Yes. Were the Lakers the more aggressive team attacking the rim late in the game? Yes. I think the Gasol travel in real time was too close to call.
    So, my answer is that there may be some serious bias and a wish list of teams the NBA wants to see actually win, but fixing every playoffs is a stretch to me. And, believe me, I’m convinced of a lot of conspiracies.

  7. johnestuff - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Calling Carmelo a cry baby and then mention Kobe as the greatest player? How about Kobe as the greatest cry baby – ever!

  8. johnestuff - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Calling Carmelo a cry baby and then mention Kobe as the greatest player? How about Kobe as the greatest cry baby – ever!

  9. johnestuff - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Calling Carmelo a cry baby and then mention Kobe as the greatest player? How about Kobe as the greatest cry baby – ever!

  10. chris - Aug 28, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    while melo might be a nice fit for ny, ny doesn’t have anything that denver wants! so why worry, ny ain’t in the running seriously.

  11. malchi walker - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    obviously you dont know what you’re talking about either dont tell people they dont know what they’re talking about if you dont fully either……..he was third in scoring durant bron melo thats how it went

  12. uknown - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    THANK YOU

  13. dyrese - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    melo is gonna b a knick and his defense will get better cuz he gna b under the bright lights of msg(hes better than d wade and scottie pippen 2.0 aka lebron the D!c* rider)

  14. champ - Sep 7, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Carmelo anthony has really tried his best to win something. He is always in the run for MVP in the All-Star game,but the East always win or Kobe will get it.I think Carmelo deserves somethin not to be ridin on him or anything like that. But if he was to go to NY, and Chris Paul were to come. NY and MIA will be in Game 7 for the Eastern Finals and you know it. So give the man RESPECT!

  15. RockinRick - Sep 7, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    No you check it out “idiot”. San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the country at 1.2 million, not a small market by any means. Houston is the 4th largest market & I’m not sure where detroit falls, but they’re certainly a large market. Cleveland is a small market team, that’s why they haven’t broken through. And I stand by my statement- Do you ever recall a small market team benefiting fromn fishy officiating? Of course you don’t, it’s NEVER happened.

  16. MSG Walker - Sep 9, 2010 at 6:04 AM

    Carmelo can come to Chicago since everyone here thinks he’s trash.
    1. Rose
    2. Korver/Brewer
    3. “Carmelo”
    4. Boozer
    5. Noah
    WHOA!!!!!!! Miami who?

  17. Cel - Sep 10, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Don’t be stupid, everyone remembers him back peddling like a politician caught in a lie. sure he’ll help increase the payroll of the Knicks, but only if LaLa says so but he’ll (and the Knicks) always be a doormat to LaBron and the Heat. So if the Knicks get Carmelo lets look at what you have: some Eurotrash, A self-proclaimed superstar that’s usually not %100 in Amare’ and an ego driven scoring machine that gives up more points than he scores in Carmelo, and lets not forget that Mrs. Anthony comes with that deal and also that Carmelo is perfectly willing to lead around by his johnson with his “people” in one ear and his girl with nads in her pocket in the other ear. Yup, that’s a playoff winner.

  18. Cel - Sep 10, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Don’t be stupid, everyone remembers him back peddling like a politician caught in a lie. sure he’ll help increase the payroll of the Knicks, but only if LaLa says so but he’ll (and the Knicks) always be a doormat to LaBron and the Heat. So if the Knicks get Carmelo lets look at what you have: some Eurotrash, A self-proclaimed superstar that’s usually not %100 in Amare’ and an ego driven scoring machine that gives up more points than he scores in Carmelo, and lets not forget that Mrs. Anthony comes with that deal and also that Carmelo is perfectly willing to lead around by his johnson with his “people” in one ear and his girl with nads in her pocket in the other ear. Yup, that’s a playoff winner.

  19. Cel - Sep 10, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Don’t be stupid, everyone remembers him back peddling like a politician caught in a lie. sure he’ll help increase the payroll of the Knicks, but only if LaLa says so but he’ll (and the Knicks) always be a doormat to LaBron and the Heat. So if the Knicks get Carmelo lets look at what you have: some Eurotrash, A self-proclaimed superstar that’s usually not %100 in Amare’ and an ego driven scoring machine that gives up more points than he scores in Carmelo, and lets not forget that Mrs. Anthony comes with that deal and also that Carmelo is perfectly willing to lead around by his johnson with his “people” in one ear and his girl with nads in her pocket in the other ear. Yup, that’s a playoff winner.

  20. Cel - Sep 10, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Don’t be stupid, everyone remembers him back peddling like a politician caught in a lie. sure he’ll help increase the payroll of the Knicks, but only if LaLa says so but he’ll (and the Knicks) always be a doormat to LaBron and the Heat. So if the Knicks get Carmelo lets look at what you have: some Eurotrash, A self-proclaimed superstar that’s usually not %100 in Amare’ and an ego driven scoring machine that gives up more points than he scores in Carmelo, and lets not forget that Mrs. Anthony comes with that deal and also that Carmelo is perfectly willing to lead around by his johnson with his “people” in one ear and his girl with nads in her pocket in the other ear. Yup, that’s a playoff winner.

  21. Anonymous - Sep 11, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    our overrated “golden boy” is leaving, oh no… but Billups is staying?
    We’ll be fine

  22. T. Smith - Sep 12, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    You guys are obviously not ball players Carmelo Anthony is a true superstar in the NBA. He has consistantly been a top 4 scorer in the league since coming in years ago. He rebounds, plays unselfish and is a team player. Denver Nuggets were barely alive when Carmelo arrived and he, now along with Billups & martin have put them on the map. To me, bar none, D. wade is the best all around player in the NBA, then Kobe.
    NEWS FLASH…noone plays real defense in the NBA anymore. There are no more Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodmans, Charles Oakleys or Alonzo Mornings. The commissioner wanted to speed the game up so this is the result of it. I don’t see melo’s defense any worst then others in the NBA. If this man wants to play for another organization thats his right. Teams are no longer loyal to their players. You can bet your last dollar if he wanted to stay and the organization wanted to trade him, they would!
    Carmelo Anthony went to Syracuse Univ where he won a national championship. He has held his own in the NBA with the best of them. Next year he will be a free agent. At least he is not doing like Lebron and keeping the organization in the dark about his decision. He is saying “I am leaving, get someone for me while you can.”

  23. Mo - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    I think it’s Melo’s stupid wife throwing a fit and demanding Melo to go elsewhere because she’s a media whore. Not here in Denver you don’t hear much of her but elsewhere I think she wants to be in the media. Before Melo got married he was happy here and then once he got married this summer you immediately heard things change and starting the trade rumors. You just know it’s his wife behind most of this. At least the ball is in the Nuggets favor to take their time and study to see who they can get in value that is equal or a tad better then Melo for the trade.

  24. Zzz - Sep 16, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    There’s still a professional basketbal league?

  25. Bob - Sep 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    And who made you blog monitor? By they way, cmac, my low-IQ friend, you just said he was immature for calling another poster immature. Do you see the irony?

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