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The Kings may want Carmelo Anthony. The question is will 'Melo want the Kings?

Aug 31, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for CAnthony_stares.jpgThe Sacramento King’s have not come up on previous lists, but they make sense as a team that would be interested in Carmelo Anthony.

Which is why an unsourced rumor in the Sacramento Bee makes some sense.

If and when the Denver Nuggets commit to a sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony, the Kings will thrust themselves into the conversation. Count on it…. That said, Joe and Gavin Maloof have been consistent about two things: (1) They are not interested in adding role players to eat up the salary cap space they’ve finally created; and (2) They are absolutely interested in a game-changer type of player, someone who puts fannies in the seats and affects the won-loss percentage, e.g., a Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony. You can be assured inquiries have been made and discussions will be ongoing.

We emphasize this is unsourced — as in writer Ailene Voisin does not say “sources with the Sacramento Kings say…” — because the report also questions if Anthony is pushing for a sweeter deal when he has already been offered a max contract. It also questions if the Nuggets are committed to trading Anthony when we know that the team’s soon-to-be-owner and decision maker Josh Kroenke has already had a sit down with Anthony where he was reportedly told to his face Anthony would not sign there. So we have questions.

That said, it makes some sense for the Kings to try and see if they can get in the conversation on some levels. The Kings think they have building block pieces in Tyreke Evans at the point and DeMarcus Cousins in the paint, Anthony could be a key addition to really put them near the top of the West. The Kings have some young players and picks to move. This would put butts in the seats in Sacramento.

But as we keep saying, Melo has leverage, too. He can refuse to sign the extension if he doesn’t like the team he is going to, and no team is going to give up that much for a one-season rental. And reports are he wants to go to a big market team — his people keep pushing for the Knicks (it’s just they have little to trade the Nuggets). Sacramento does not exactly fit that bill. It’s a little hard to see him agreeing to this.

The Kings should butt in and ask.

  1. johnmaine - Aug 31, 2010 at 11:27 AM

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  2. REALITY - Aug 31, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    so you say the kings have picks and young players to offer…. but like you said they want to keep evens and cousins..???? so WHO ARE THESE YOUNG PLAYERS??? i hope you dont mean jason thompson and omar casspi
    and if Mello makes them a top western team like you said…why would the nuggets want a low first .?

  3. Joe Crawford - Aug 31, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Joe Crawford is a talented young player who just signed a contract with the Kings. Here’s the information:

  4. WHAT - Aug 31, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    WOW with such a talent who needs MELLO….
    i mean 6 years ago he was thought to be a top talent… they are set at the 3 spot

  5. Stevie Bizzle - Aug 31, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Kings have plenty of young talent. Jason Thompson (13pts,9reb) Omri Casspi (11pts,5reb), Carl Landry (18.5pts,7reb) Fransisco Garcia (8pts,3reb) and Donte Green (9pts,4reb). All of these guys have plenty of talent and potential. At this point they’re exactly what the Nuggets want, young players who they can rebuild with.

  6. Randall - Aug 31, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Small typo in the headline, below please find correction:
    The Kings may want Carmelo Anthony. The question is will *LaLa* want the Kings?

  7. polegojim - Aug 31, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Why would anyone want a player to gives up more than he provides. Sure Melo is a scoring machine…but horrible dog on D. No, not horrible, horrendous and devastating.
    He’s NOT a top talent, he’s a detriment.
    Why do you think Denver is ready to deal him?

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