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Chauncey Billups to join Nuggets effort to keep Carmelo Anthony

Sep 5, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for canthony_billups.jpgIt may be futile. If you believe the off the record rumblings coming out of Carmelo Anthony’s camp he is all but gone from Denver.

But the Denver Nuggets are not giving up hope. New GM Masai Ujiri wants to sit down and talk with him. And when he gets back from the World Championships, Chauncey Billups wants to talk with him. That’s what Bullups told FanHouse.

“Everybody knows that I want Melo to be a Nugget, and I would love for me to be a Nugget for the rest of my career and finish with him,” the Team USA captain said in an interview Saturday with FanHouse. “When I get back (from Turkey), I’m going to try to get back into the situation and hopefully keep Melo back in Denver.”

Not sure what good that will do. No doubt  Melo respects and listens to Billups. But the question becomes is his mind already made up? If it is, if he is not going to sign that extension, what Billups says will not matter. If Melo has made up his mind Denver has to move him. Maybe not before the season, maybe much closer to the February trade deadline, but they need to move him.

  1. Zachariah Blott - Sep 5, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    No doubt Billups is being a valuable member of the Nuggets with his ambassadorship to Melo. How valuable is Billups’ on-the-court contribution when ranked against the other PG’s using nothing but advanced impact statistics? Here’s a look at 18 of the best points and how they compare in terms of Adjusted Plus/Minus, Wins Produced, etc.
    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/9/5/comparative-pg-rankings-improving-upon-1997.html

  2. JMClarkent - Sep 5, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Though interesting, that is a pretty cheap way to link to your article, Zack!

  3. stucktrader - Sep 7, 2010 at 4:36 AM

    hey, if Melo wants to avoid playing the Lakers and get to the Finals… who would blame him.
    The EAST is A LOT tougher now… Miami, Celts, Orl… But if Melo went to NYK next year with Parker… Wow. That would be another all star trio. Maybe even CP3, Melo, Amare… Offensively impressive. Not sure about D…
    In any case. Billups is doing his part. He has a ring and a proven winner. So, if he loses Melo… at least he can say he won it all.

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