For some weeks now, the Denver Nuggets Management have been scratching their heads and losing hair over these Carmelo Anthony situation. Carmelo is claiming that he is not asking to be traded anywhere but the management’s eagerness to move him seem to speak otherwise.
Trades to the Nets once intensified but talks died down as the Nets refuse to include rookie bigman Favors in the package. I completely understand the hesitation from the new owners and management of the Nets. They already have Brooke Lopez at center then Devin Harris at the point. Favors is there four and Anthony would have been their three. SG is an iffy. That four guys will definitely contend for a playoff slot. Losing Favors would be a big blow to this goal.
Now, Melo is being linked to his “favored” destination, the New York Knicks. New York Knicks as they are right now is underrated. They are in fact a dark horse to make the playoffs this season. Let’s not forget that they actually toyed with a playoff shot early in the season but crashes out towards the end. Adding Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton during the free agency signing period made them stronger. Amare was a monster in the stronger west division and partnered with Steve Nash to lead the Phoenix Suns into Conference Finals appearances. Felton on the other hand was instrumental for the Bobcats as reach the playoffs for the first time last season. They also added Rony Turiaf and Anthony Randolph through trade.
Trading for Carmelo would likely send Randolph to Denver and so is Gallinari. Rumors has it that Denver is asking for a 1st round pick in the package. Currently, the Knicks don’t have one but they sure are confident that they will acquire one soon. So when this happen, expect this deal to push through.
As for Denver, I just hope they do make a trade and send Carmelo away while they can. Maybe they learned from Cavs’ experience that they got nothing in return when LeBron left them and that is why they are working hard to make a deal.
Where will Melo go? One thing is for sure, he is New York bound no matter what or when.