Well the MeloDrama has been put on hold, for now. After a summer full of rumors that Carmelo Anthony wanted to leave the Denver Nuggets to play for the perennial lottery team New York Knicks, the superstar showed up at the Pepsi Center on Monday for media day.
Was it a front? Probably, but the seven-year star never once said he wanted to be traded, at least publicly, and it was a source-ridden rumor that got larger as the season got close. Obviously there was truth to it, a lot of truth, but thankfully the Nuggets didn’t panic and pulled the gun on a trade that severely drop the talent of this squad.
Anthony stated Monday that he is 100 percent committed to the Nuggets and will weight his options at the end of the season. But logically if he still doesn’t sign the extension at the end of the season expect the superstar to be traded before than- no matter if he signs the extension or not.
Denver is still rumored to be enamored with a few players, New Jersey Nets young big man Derrick Favors and Philadelphia 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala and Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton.
While it is not impossible for Denver to pick up all three players, it was tough to acquire Iggy and Favors together because the Sixers refusal to help out their rival Nets. It is probably harder to add both since Melo’s value will drop. Hamilton has a very unfavorable contract ($37.95 for 3 years) so the Nuggets could most likely deal for him outside of moving Anthony.
One thing is for certain is the Nuggets aren’t dealing Ty Lawson or Chauncey Billups, they each are considered untradeable in the eyes of many in the Front Office.
The Nuggets also added Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Melvin Hunt, who will replace Tim Grgurich on the bench. Hunt was an assistant coach for the Cavaliers for five seasons and also was an assistant for the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.