The end is in sight, but not sure any of us can see it. But it is there.
The Denver Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets struck first when they tentatively agreed on the 9-player trade early Friday morning with all hinging on Carmelo Anthony meeting with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and signing the extension with the Nets. It went so far that many stuck in the MeloDrama thought the deal was done. However, us wiser folk in Denver knew it was just another day in The Drama.
While the rumored Nets/Nuggets deal will probably not happen, but it was a win-win situation for both squads, as the New York Knicks were forced to improving their trade offer. Bringing the deal to Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry and a first for Anthony and Denver native Chauncey Billups. While it isn’t as juicy as the Nets deal that was highlighted by 19-year-old big man Derrick Favors and four first round picks, it was much better than Chris Broussard’s rumored deal last week which had the Nuggets only getting Chandler and Corey Brewer to go along with a pick. In the process Curry will more than likely get moved to another team and maybe even Felton.
While Melo will more than likely balk on the Nets offer, Prokhorov is in the process of flying to Los Angeles to find the superstar forward and recruit him to come to New Jersey and in the long run be the face of the franchise as it moves to Brooklyn.
The toughest part of any of the two deals is the addition of Billups, who is arguably the best player to come out of Colorado. And many fault Anthony for getting Billups involved, however, much of the blame should fall on the Nuggets’ front office, who would probably buy out the veteran point guard at the end of the season. Both of the Nets and Knicks have been rumored to keep him through 2012.
The Nuggets do come out of the deal far worst, but they do end up much better than expected. Saturday’s big losers in this Drama are the Knicks, who are giving up more than they wanted and Anthony, who lost a lot of respect from fans and many in the League with the way he handled the whole situation. While he would say one thing behind the scene, he’d say a completely different thing to the public. He was very non-committal either way and kept changing his stance as he tried to come out of the situation as a poster boy. In the end though, he came out as someone who who was playing dumb looked pretty bad through the whole process. And as the saying goes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.