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Thursday, August 26th, 2010 at 6:52 pm  |  78 responses

Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets Ready To Divorce

Woj reports that the situation has reached a breaking point in Colorado:

“Carmelo Anthony wants out of Denver, and World Wide Wes delivered that message to the Nuggets with all the delicacy of a jackhammer at Sunday morning services. Do yourself a favor and trade him, the agent told the organization weeks ago. Denver was furnished with a short list of teams and told to get to work. Yes, this how William Wesley and Leon Rose of CAA work now, thick with threats and ultimatums and a swagger suggesting that the sport belongs to them. After Anthony told owner-in-waiting Josh Kroenke that he still wanted out of Denver during a Sunday meeting, the Nuggets appear done trying to sell their All-Star forward on a contract extension.

This wasn’t a productive, nor particularly pleasant, meeting and multiple sources said it could turn out to be the point of no return for Anthony and the organization. Sources insist it’s no longer a matter of if the Nuggets trade Anthony, but when, where and for whom he’s traded for.

“It’s almost a given they’re going to move him,” said a front-office executive who’s talked with the Nuggets and Anthony’s agents with CAA.

Between the agents’ bullying and Anthony’s dismissive disposition in Sunday’s meeting, sources said Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke, Josh’s father, finally made a stand with CAA.

Keep it up, and the Nuggets will never do a deal for one of your clients again.

Try to dictate terms of a trade and we won’t move him.

Keep up the heavy-handedness and you’ll get a war.Kroenke has decided to deal with CAA in a way most of the league is too fearful to try. Leon Rose, the agent who works with Wesley, backed down, sources said, and is willing to be more open-minded on potential trade destinations. Anthony wants to leave Denver and get his three-year, $65 million contract extension now. This partnership is rounding third and rapidly reaching disrepair. Denver is willing to trade Anthony, J.R. Smith(notes) and Kenyon Martin(notes), and start over again, sources said.”

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  • bails1

    wowwwww! welcome to NY melo

  • MusketeerX

    Wow. I hate CAA. Look, if you want a trade that’s fine, but don’t act like a jack a$$ about it. This is why LBJ is so hated right now. He left after his contract was up, but it was the way in which he did that was horrible.

    Go out with some dignity and humility, Melo (and please come to the Knicks) :-) .

  • Drew

    If the Denver Nuggets really put their foot down and never deal with Leon Rose or Wes that would make other teams in the future take the same stand. How are Leon Rose and Wes going to explain to their clients that the Nuggets and X-amount of other teams no longer exist to them.

  • drosefan

    This Worldwide Wes guy needs to go. Immediately.

  • hemlock09

    Nobody wants to play in Denver anyway. If Denver really wanted him they would have offered him a full term extension like OKC offered Durant. The rest of his draft class just signed for six year max deals (or in Miami’s case, near max) and Denver is trying to short change him by only offering three years. They figure the new CBA is up next year so he has to take whatever they offer. Way to treat your showtime player. Good luck selling Nuggets tickets in Broncos country after Melo leaves.

  • rich

    This www guy should get some sort of special on nba tv lol. players running teams, im scared

  • Overtime

    cosign musketeer.
    This all seems like bull, the agents have no reason to act this way. So sick of agents taking advantage of others peoples talents so they can feel important.
    Really hope Melo gets traded to Minnesota or something now

  • jx

    denver can only offer 3 years durant was restricted and lbj, wade, cb4 had to opt out.

  • Robb

    Things will get very interesting if Melo goes to NY. The Big Apple definitely deserves it.

  • LA Huey

    Agents have to be jerks because owners are jerks. Melo’s exit was inevitable though. Very interesting to see where he lands.

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Scott Boras.

  • rich

    unfortunately melo will go where he wants because no team wants to trade assets to rent a franchise player for a season

  • Nella

    @hemlock09 im not too sure how it works but u might want to check. LBJ, Wade, & Bosh got 6 years bc they were free agents. Melo can maybe get 6 years once he becomes a free agent, but it depends on the CBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Karn

    These agents are d!cks, people don’t know they are responsible for ending Allen Iverson’s career, AI wanted to go to Charlotte or Miami last year they could only offer $1.3 mill, AI really wanted to revive his career by playing for Coach Brown he could do that, Memphis was offering $3.4 mill or something and Leon Rose and his boys forced AI to go to Memphis…. now because of that team hes out of the league

  • Spetsnaz

    i like mens balls

  • JTaylor21

    What are all this bi*tches crying about the way agents conduct business. The owners are the same way when it comes to trading players without give a rat a** so why should players and their agents not do the same. Big ups to all the agents out there that do what ever it takes to satisfy their clients demands and f*ck the owners.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Melo should just play his contract out and leave or state where he wants to go. Leave it at that, but agents going in and demanding things is straight crap. If I was the Nuggets, I would trade him to the Clippers for Gordan and Al Thorton or trade him to the Timberwolves for Beasley and Flynn. Send him to some weak teams. BOOK IT!!

  • Harlem_World

    world wide waste

  • http://Www.lkz.cd Darksaber

    Damn, Melo musta hired Ari Gold to put the smackdown on his employer. Wes is probably mad the LBJ camp didn’t let him bask in the decision’s limelight. He’s getting his Summer 2010 shine….NOW!

  • bakers’ dozen (12-13)

    He wont’ go to the Knicks in a trade because they have nothing Denver wants.
    It will be the Clips or Houston. My bet is Houston will trade Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and a first round draft pick for Melo and fodder.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I am not a Knicks fan, nor have I ever been to NY, but the Knicks (and their fans) have suffered long enough, Bring some talented players to the Big Apple!!! (Amare is a good start)

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    And, I dont think it would hurt to bring back Jeff Van Gundy and his can(s) of diet coke…

  • ai come back

    BULLSSSSSSSSS

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Just trade Melo to NY.

  • jx

    denver can only offer 3 years durant was restricted and lbj, wade, cb4 had to opt out of the current contracts.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    This summer, Carmelo Anthony is taking his talents to IDGAF.

  • andre anglais

    well said Dave.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Man I’m sick of this World Wide Wes and CAA crap. Throwing ultimatums around. Teams they want be traded to. Please go away.

  • T-Money

    How much influence does WWW really have? Wes wanted Bron in Chicago and CP3 out of NO…

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    NY or even the Chicago Bulls!!! If Melo gets traded to the Bulls of Deung and a few others then the Bulls have just upped on the Miami Heat! Well maybe not upped but can compete with them even more.

    Sad thing is though the NBA will become more like the English Premiere League (Soccer) with few good teams and a lot of weaker ones.

  • wilz

    you can have everything.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Adrian Wojnarowski over at yahoo is likely getting his “information” from Bret Bearup and/or Josh Kroenke to slant his article in Denver’s favor, cast Carmelo in a negative light, and fabricate so called competition for Carmelo in hopes to drive up an offer. I said it once, and I’ll say it again, Carmelo Anthony has great leverage as long as Denver’s extension offer stays on the table NOT signed. The current situation Melo is in, is very much like what Kevin Garnett went through in Minnesota three years ago, when KG too had the ability steer where he wanted to go (Boston Celtics) via his opt out. The truth is the Knicks ARE a VERY SERIOUS CONTENDER to land Carmelo Anthony due to the fact: 1. New York has the quality young assets (Galinari, Randolph, Chandler) to offer in a trade for Carmelo; 2. New York has a large expiring contract (Curry) needed to balance the a big trade (perhaps 3 team?) for Carmelo. 3. New York offers Carmelo the BIG NEW YORK market/stage with a deep pocket owner who will spend for a CONTENDA! 4. Carmelo, his wife LaLa, et al… want the Big Apple in a big way, and that is not being overstated. 5. Carmelo DEEP down wants to be a Knick. FYI…I AM in a New York state of mind! Go Knicks!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    *Gallinari

  • tavoris

    Trade him to Cleveland, so they can do thru this again next year.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    If NY gets Melo, they’d have to give up Gallinari, Chandler, a few picks, Curry’s expiring contract and take JR Smith too. God I hate the way all this crap is going down; I hope the next generation learn from this fiasco and avoid a superfriends situation. This is entirely LBJs fault; its all a domino effect.

  • http://www.freerice.com 3Peat

    this is all because of lebron

    after lebron left his team, all other superstars( chris paul, carmelo, and amare) are trying to leave their team..

    cmon lebron..

  • NBA Kid

    @ the seed, al thornton hasn’t been on the clips in a while….

  • MikeC.

    I don’t have any inside info on Melo’s situation, but there’s one thing I do have: the perspective of a newly-married man. Wifey gets what wifey wants. If Lala wants NY, Lala will get NY. If the rumors of Lala’s desires are correct, I’ll need to save up for my authentic Melo Knicks jersey. Before anybody starts talking random ish, I am currently sitting in a living room that is painted in a color that I hate. Wifey likes it. Wifey gets it. It happens in every country, language, culture, religion, economic status, etc. Even if Melo doesn’t truly want to go to NY, he will go there so that he can get a decent night’s sleep and enjoy a brew in peace.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ LMAO. I nominate MikeC. for best commenter ever.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I am torn between the Rockets and the Knicks… But the Rockets deserve to win more and it’d be more exciting to watch. Who knows what’ll happen if Melo lands on the Knicks… Management is turrible.

  • http://Www.lkz.fd Darksaber

    I nominate MikeC for the Slamonline commenter of the day award. The man is just unleashing some gems on us today, none better than “what Wifey wants, wifey gets”. Thanks for making me laugh twice already.

  • http://Www.lkz.fd Darksaber

    Wow, Teddy… great minds and all.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    ^ Maybe, but what does that have to do with you two? ^

  • MikeC.

    Gentlemen, gentlemen, I put my pants on just like the rest of you, one leg at a time. Except, once my pants are on, I drop golden comments.

  • http://Slamonline.com NBA kid

    @mikec. you sir, are incredible for that snl line

  • MikeC.

    @ Teddy – how do the Rockets deserve to win more? They won back-to-back 94-95. They have won a title during my lifetime. To pour salt in the wound, one of those titles came at the expense of my Knicks. As a team, the 94 Knicks were better than the 94 Rockets, which pours seasoning and celery salt in the wound. [Hakeem owned Ewing in that series, and Otis Thorpe took Charles Smith to that place where large prison men take small prison men]. If I put things in those square brackets, it means I can say it without it actually being said out loud, thusly avoiding a blue and orange lightning bold. Maybe the New York Knicks business management (Dolan) doesn’t deserve a championship, but the team and fans sure do. The New York Knicks have not won a championship in my lifetime. We are due SIR! Note that I raised my Internet voice at the end of that sentence. That shows how much I believe what I have typed. I also demand more cowbell from everyONE!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Man I hope they don’t send him to some garbage team purposely…. NY would be sick and so would Houston,, I have feeling if he goes to any of those two he makes them seerious contenders.

  • http://queerballs.tumblr.com dma

    the only way denver is going to get something they want is to do a three-way with a team under the cap like Jersey, Minnesota or Sacramento.

  • MikeC.

    ^^ or the NY Knicks. I’m not a capologist, but from what I pulled off Lougle, the Knicks are still under next season’s cap by about $13mil. Which means they can take back more salary than they send out. The only snag I see in NY landing Melo is the lack of tradeable draft picks. I’m pretty sure Isiah traded our picks to Chicago until sometime around the end of humanity.

  • Bassbesteck

    would love to see him in new york, still I’m hping my bulls get a chance. I mean: get rid of deng for melo. just who else do you put in that trade…?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nothing you would understand, Boing.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    And Dark, yes sir. That is what they say. *High five*

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ MikeC.: Well, I mean the Rockets deserve to win more based on what they’ve done this decade in terms of building their team… In other words, the Knicks have not actually “built” anything.
    Like you I still think about the prospect of John Starks hitting that last second shot in Game 6 of the Finals (which would have gone in had Dream not tipped it), or Patrick Ewing DUNKING that freaking freebie on the fast break instead of missing a newbie lay-up and then getting an offensive interference on the putback, or Charles Oakley not overthrowing what would have been an easy fastbreak outlet to Starks, ALL OF WHICH would have guaranteed at least a 1 point victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 6, and an NBA title to boot. Starks would have been a freaking hero and a legend (not that he isn’t one to Knick fans already) and the Knicks would have had that elusive title…
    So yes Knick fans deserve to watch a team as good as the ’90s Knicks, or at least a freaking playoff team for crying out loud. But judging by the consistent WTF?! moments from Dolan and his management… I’d say the Rockets are more equipped to win it all with Melo than the Knicks.

  • EJ

    THIS IS GONNA BE INTERESTING! I’m glad Melo realised he isn’t going anywhere with the Nuggets cause Lakers are just better. I wonder will CP3 start demanding a trade to NY again now, that would really be cool, cause CP3 and the Hornets aren’t exactly contenders.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    It’s already not interesting. The LBJ drama wasn’t interesting, and now the same thing happening with the third best player from a draft seven years ago doing the same thing isn’t even half as interesting. It’s boring. Even my labour-based ideas about the strike are starting to waver when I realise this going to be a war between agents and owners, not owners and players. Drama is best on the court, not in boardrooms. For god’s sake.

  • http://Www.lkz.fd Darksaber

    You tell him, Teddy. Right back atcha!

  • Krisjanis

    Melo definitely won’t win anything.

  • Yesse

    Press is making this too big of a drama. It’s just business and he probably will go to New York.

  • rikson

    Everyday the same bs “story” (as it is none to be exact), and the same bs comments! You guys are fu(king boring…

  • rikson

    I dont wanna have your relationship – hell, I would change places with Melo if thats how his wife acts – and yeah, I know its easier to pretend that every relationship is like that, but – guess what – its NOT…

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I like ‘Melo and all, nice kid. But y’all acting like wherever he goes, it’ll make that team a slam dunk contender. Not so. And the CAA guys are making a lock out next summer inevitable. The owners are going to work to restrict player movement, bring down the years and dollars on guaranteed contracts, and do what they can to reduce the power of agents. Like someone on here always says: BOOK IT.

  • robz

    GO 2 BULLS MELO & probly JR.SMITH + KENYON MARTIN trade KORVER, BOGANS, PARGO, JOE ALEXANDER, KURT THOMAS to DENVER

  • http://allenmarche@yahoo.com amarche

    I am sick and tire of players, agents and the media taking of advantage of the weak and confused Ny kninks. I have been a Knick fan for forty years.Players and agents just use the confused knick to get a better contact. Forget about Carmelo, just play “ NY Ball”

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  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    i really hate this world wide wes dude

  • dsleepy21

    rikson if you hate the stories and comments so much, why click the title line and scroll down to see what ppl have to say?

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    We need more owners like Stan Kroenke in the league, if this holds true. Remind these players and agents that while they are making millions to play a sport several months a year, the Execs are already working with more money than 99% of these players will make in their careers.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If you think the Nuggets will stand by their ultimatum at the expense of getting better as a team, then you are an idiot.
    If you think that teams in the NBA could “collude” to deny certain players opportunities to get jobs, then you don’t know your sports history.
    And if you don’t think that story was slanted in one direction, then you weren’t reading.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Finally, how can owners legally restrict player movement?
    They can’t institute a reserve clause, they can’t collude to force players to sign with certain teams.
    Thus, they have no real power. NBA players are already purchased and traded like commodities, the fact that at certain points they can take an active role in deciding where they play and who they play with doesn’t bother me at all.
    I’m shocked that it bothers so many of you.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Allen iscorrect. And mikec, grow a spine, balls, and some chest hair, and at least try to bee a man. You are an embarassment

  • Anon E Mouse

    Allenp knows…

    If King James MkII (naturally a client of CAA – because who wouldn’t want the same agent as LBJ MkI, Wade, Melo etc) makes himself eligable for the 2012/13/14 NBA draft, Big Stan or lucky Josh Jnr will be in line to lick his sack quicker than a Ho on the stroll.

  • PapaBearATL

    People hate on World Wide Wes because he makes it so not only the owners take advantage of the players? Teams in the L treat people like property, now teams are mad because the property is represented well?

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  • tiredofebonics

    I cant blame him, I certainly couldnt get along on only 65 million dollars…I mean, with the drugs I need and the hos and the shuckin and jivin…I mean it takes some serious cash to be happy. Hold out for more Tony baby, and thanks for being such a roll model for the kids, you a$$h$le.

  • kevin nacpil

    Melo to the knicks!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    who the hell says “shuckin and jivin’”? What the hell is this, 1974?

  • total scrotal implosion

    Yea allen, and I bet hes a great ‘roll’ model. And he certainly doesnt have the skill in whatever field to earn a high salary, so he hates on others in an attempt to feel better about himself

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