As the NBA trade deadline inches closer the rumor mills around Carmelo Anthony have picked up speed, once again.
But how close are the Denver Nuggets to trading Melo? What is the truth and fiction in the MeloDrama? These are the questions that have consistently come up in this six-month roller coaster ride that has drained both Nuggets and NBA fans.
While the likelihood of Anthony being a Nugget after this season are very slim, but the chances he will be dealt over the next two weeks are very unlikely as well – especially for packages that have been discussed among the major media.
One thing to remember most of these rumors are coming from media in New York or close to the Knicks organization (Chris Sheridan, Chris Broussard, Ken Berger and Adrian Wojnarowski are all based out of New York). So most of these sources have sprung from the Knicks camp and not Denver’s. Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke has made it a point that his people don’t associate themselves with the media and keeps the doors shut on the front offices doing.
Even the Melo deal to Los Angeles was spurred by Anthony’s agent and his organization in order to push the Knicks into aggressively chase after Anthony.
But that doesn’t change the fact that Anthony wants to play in New York, and he can’t fault anybody but himself and the ones close to him for this circus that has surrounded him the previous few months. With his desire known to all in the NBA he is bound to lose money and could get low-balled by New York’s organization. And while the Knicks do hold most of the cards, they don’t hold all of them.
For one, if the Knicks decide not to deal for Anthony and just sign him as a free agent, Melo will lose out on the extension and may grow unhappy with New York’s organization. And this may happen if the Nuggets feel they aren’t getting a fair deal. Which makes it in New York’s interest in getting a deal done.
From the get-go the Nuggets wanted a starting-caliber player, draft picks and a young piece. And that’s why Broussard’s proposed three-way trade between Denver, Minnesota and New York is still far from a guarantee. The only one of the three the Nuggets would be getting was a draft pick that they most likely wouldn’t see until 2014. The two players involved in the talks, Wilson Chandler and Corey Brewer would be restricted free agents and would cost the Nuggets more money in the long run.
While in many people eyes the deal would be better for the Nuggets than letting Anthony walk for nothing, but not according to Kroenke. When Anthony days are done in Denver, the Nuggets organization will be missing out revenue that the All-Star brings to the team. On average, 2,000 more fans have come to the Pepsi Center to watch Melo play. And if traded the Nuggets will more than likely lose those 2,000 fans and much more as fans turn their backs on yet another rebuilding season. Something that many fans have been weary of from the beginning. And Kroenke is aware of that and isn’t going to sign off on a deal unless he sees the benefit.
A deal could always get done before the trade deadline, but as the MeloDrama has shown nothing is done until it is said in stone.