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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 at 9:07 am  |  94 responses

Reports: Melo, Nuggets parting ways?

by Lang Whitaker | @langwhitaker

After a report over the weekend that Carmelo Anthony was considering signing a contract extension with the Denver Nuggets, Carmelo’s long-term future as a Denver Nugget seems more and more unclear.

Yesterday, ESPN’s Ric Bucher reported that Melo leaving Denver is a matter of sooner rather than later. Writes Bucher:

All signs continue to point toward the eventual divorce between Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets.

League sources say it is now a matter of when, not if, Anthony and the Nuggets will go their separate ways.

Anthony is weighing whether to sign a three-year, $65 million extension offered by the Nuggets. His dilemma, league sources say, is what affords him the best chance of continuing his career elsewhere. Anthony could sign with Denver and convince the team to then trade him. His other option would be to not sign the extension, thereby forcing the team to move him rather than risk losing him next summer as a free agent.

During his annual basketball camp in Colorado on Saturday, Anthony said he had no timetable on when he’ll decide whether to sign the extension.

In either case, “he’s going to make it real clear that he’s not coming back,” said one league source.

Meanwhile, back in Denver, the Denver Post notes that the Nuggets seem resigned to a post-Melo fate…

While deciding where he wants to spend the rest of his basketball life, Carmelo Anthony will do what’s right by his family.

But believe this: Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke will do what is best for his hefty investment in an NBA franchise, even if that means trading Melo.

There is no way Denver can afford to lose the face of its franchise for nothing as a free agent.

The Nuggets are now considering a strategy to part ways with their 26-year-old star forward, according to a league source.

As for Anthony himself, over on Twitter he cryptically weighed in last night:

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  • JoeMaMa

    That’s the biggest Twitter font I’ve ever seen!!!!! And wow…he’s only 26? The Nuggets should 1) ask him where he wants to go 2) talk to the GMs of those teams NOW 3) pick off their best young players and get picks. Carmelo is bound for the big city. The sooner the Nugs acknowledge that, the more they’ll get in return for him.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    And here…we…go.

  • lexluther703

    This could get extremely awkward if he has to play some of the season in Denver when it’s pretty clear he’s got his eyes and heart on the big apple.. make moves now!

  • riggs

    youre my favorite player melo but there is a difference between their and there dammit!

  • Gudy Ray

    Going to the Knicks baby. Come get you some, Miami.

  • James

    A knick team with Stoudemire and Melo would see alot of scoring but not alot of defense.

  • BK Chris

    Here we go again! Unlike Cp3, Melo has all the leverage. He wants to be in NY send him to NY!Besides what team is going to trade solid young talent/draft picks for a guy who’s gonna be out the door in at the end of the season.
    New York Knicks: Where wait til next year happens

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    In a NEW YORK minute (whoooo-oooo). :)

  • rikson

    Yeah, lets build another artificial hype! Jesus – Nowitzky accomplished more than this guy…

  • Overtime

    Trade him to cleveland

  • http://NBA.com/bulls The Babe

    Where’s the one hour special?

  • Yesse

    Oh my God. This is pathetic. Carmelo is the next LeBron probably next summer and it doesn’t even look like it’s gonna be his fault. Stop making accusations, the season hasn’t even started yet. If it’s gonna be like this then just trade him to New York already.

  • lexluther703

    Love Melo, definitely underrated when it comes to the greats in the game, but his game puts me to sleep! Not too many high flying acrobatics or spectacular drives to the hoop..irrelevant? probably, but still..

  • Ali

    Knicks are a loooooooong way from winning anything with or without Melo. Hopefully he learned from LBJ and doesn’t make a a** of himself and the franchise who drafted him during his decision making process.

  • T-Money

    Ric Bucher also said that there was NO WAY anybody would take less money in the free agency period and that there was NO WAY LeBron was going to Miami. I wouldn’t trust his intel. (Of course, now he’s going to write a book about the Heat even though he was completely in the dark about the moves)

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Lawyue

    I don’t think I can handle any more free agency for the rest of the summer. Call me if he signs in New York. I’m not getting sucked into this again.

  • T-Money

    This Knicks team will be worse than people think. Felton-Azubuike-Gallo-STAT-Turiaf with Chandler and Randolph off the bench?? Is that really better than what they had last year with Nate, Al Harrington and D. Lee?

  • Brian

    Another victim……

  • bakers’ dozen (12-13)

    That lineup right there reeks of 25 wins total. Nuggs should trade Melo for Amare. That’d teach him.

  • Fat Lever

    Can we just get these so called “league sources” to shut the f up? I mean seriously. The NBA has turned into TMZ and Perez Hilton combined.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Thank you Fat Lever. This speculation ish got old long, long ago.

  • CARTEL

    Honestly, I think Melo will end up playing for the Knicks…they are starting to build up nicely. Also unlike Lebron, he NEEDS to go to a bigger city with a bigger market to get the respect and accolades he deserves…Melo is a superstar that still somehow remains underrated. Lebron is a superstar no matter where he plays, even if he played for the FLINT TROPICS, he’d be a mega star…Some players bring the spotlight wherever they go, but some need to go where the spotlight is…Melo is one of those players…

  • george w. buckets

    who would the nuggets take back from the knicks? there has to be another team or teams involved for this to talks to intensify.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Correct me if im wrong, but I dont think Denver (as a city) is a place athletes (or anyone for that matter) really WANT to live.. I have been there 1nce before and besides skiing, fishing, and Mt. climbing, kinda a boring place..

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I just hope this doesn’t drag out til February.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    I think when it finally comes to the CBA renegotiation, owners are gonna come down hard on player movement. This summer is just indicative of how much leverage players get over a team’s future.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    He honestly wants to be in LA with Kobe. So trade Bynum/Caracter/Ebanks and some picks for Melo. This may be the best package they can get in my biased opinion.

  • namik

    their, not there, Melo. And wow, this got out of hand FAST.

  • Coney Islander

    @ Melvin- As they should! These owners are starting to show their true colors. They are all snakes who look to own these players like pieces property! The players are what fill the stadiums,the players sell the merchandise, the players are who we tune in and watch. These owners are going do something stupid and all the great players that we love to watch will end up playing in Europe for oodles of Euro’s, or even worse…not playing at all.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    I have little to say about this. Kinda tragic that it got so public, when he coulda just told them when they offered him the extension. Gotta move him now if it is true.

    BossTerry, you came here (Denver) once and went skiing, Mtn. Climbing and fishing and it was boring? Anyone (for that matter) doesn’t want to live here, either?!?!? wow. false.

    I am not a club/nightlife kinda dude (more of a married dad-type), but Denver is otherwise, probably the LEAST boring city in this entire country. 320+days of sun a year (most in USA), great professional sports teams, and much less snow than the national perception makes it pretty hard to ever be bored.

  • Boom Dizzle

    I guess the “I don’t like my team and want to leave now” virus has officially reached pandemic status

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    I understand athletes that enjoy certain evening aspects of city-life might not be super down with moving to Denver and the east-coast connection with Melo and his wife is tough to ignore.

    I want to trade him thru Indiana for a couple draft picks and Danny Granger.

  • JTaylor21

    @Ali, what the hell are you talking bout? U want the players to show loyalty to the team that drafted them but when that team sees no use of their services they’ll be traded in the blink of an eye. I say f*ck the team because Melo and Bron made those teams to who they’re today without those guys the nuggs and cavs would be in the cellar; which is where they belong anyways. If he goes to NY with Amare there, the knicks are making the playoffs without breaking a sweat. If the suns can make the playoffs without playing an ounce of D then the knicks can definitely do the same with a better STAR player. Do what you feel is right for you and your career Melo, fu*k what people think.

  • Fat Lever

    BossTerry, that is a huge assumption you just made, as in, everyone shares your beliefs as to what’s fun to do. Cmon man, not every athlete or person for that matter is looking for the bright lights and big city. I’m that type of person, but I’d never assume that that’s what everyone else, whether athlete or not, wants.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Kobe-Melo-Gasol would be sick…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sports writing has long depended on anonymous sources, much like political writing and celebrity writing.
    It’s just a sign of the times when there is a premium on getting news first and feeding the beast on a near continual basis. Reporters have to trade off favorable spin for access, and they must depend on whatever sources they can cultivate to write what they can write. It’s much worse these days to have nothing to report, than to have reported the wrong thing. That’s why someone like David Aldridge has bounced around quite a bit in recent years because he often does not have the sources to break news, but he rarely reports wrong information based on “sources.”
    Basically, people call him back, but they don’t tell him stuff before they tell everybody else. Plus he doesn’t like the traffic in random rumors. Many journalists do that today because it’s the best way to carve out a niche and earn more money. It’s all a business people.
    On Melo, the Denver owner is not Dan Gilbert. He has no problem trading Melo and dealing with it. He’s not going to get punked on national tv.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Also, how can owners “come down hard” on player movement without a court battle.
    Curt Flood paid the price for free agency, and he paid with his career. The owners cannot bring back the reserve clause, and they cannot have the appearance of collusion. They will be hardpressed to justify penalizing teams for signing free agents, and they already allow teams to spend more money to keep their best free agents.
    Anything beyond that is going to run into a court challenge, if I had to guess.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Allenp, Kroenke is also kinda trying to pass the team off to his son (former Mizzou Tiger baller) so he can be primary owner of the St. Louis Rams.

  • namik

    If Dan Gilbert had traded LeBron it would have been the most moronically idiotic move any owner would have ever made. No one knew LeBron was going to bolt. In this case, at least the Nuggets have time to make moves. I don’t see what NY has to offer to the Nuggets. Lakers don’t need him. I highly doubt he wants to go to the Nets. I really don’t see a good situation out east for him at this point.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Its all about the guaranteed $$$.

    NFL-none-owners’ league
    NBA-completely-players’ league

    I think my neighbor Keith Van Horn might still be cutting checks…. and of course, Tariq Abdul-Wahad.

  • T-Money

    There’s absolutely no reason to come down hard on free agents. Bosh, Bron and perhaps Melo are moving after 7 years! It’s not like the teams that drafted them didn’t get an astronomical return on their investment. The way the system is set up right now, budding superstars are basically a lock to re-up with their team after their rookie contract is up. That means you get to keep your guy for the first 7 or 8 years of his career if he goes for max length. After 8 years, it’s really on you to convince him to stay, no?

  • namik

    Hahaha, Bron doesnt think Gilbert ever cared for him!! Can the media just censor this dude from the news for the summer?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Trading Lebron would not have been moronic.
    I mean, for Lebron, you are going to get guaranteed current value and future draft picks. You will likely get the best player the other team has to offer, and maybe their next two or three first round draft picks. If you trade him to a crap team, that could be quite a bounty, particularly since he might not resign with them and then the team is guaranteed to continue to suck, increasing the value of your draft picks.
    Say they Cavs had traded Bron to LA for Baron, Kaman, and two first rounders. Would that have been a horrible trade?
    How about Bron to Minnesota for Jefferson, Brewer and the rights to Rubio and a first rounder in the future. HOrrible trade?
    I mean, it’s better than what Cleveland has now, right?

  • http://null.com Reemo

    Correct me if I’m wrong but all Melo said I’m going to think about it. How is that him being spoiled? If he says I’m staying and then leaves people get on him for being a liar. He probably just answered the question honestly

  • namik

    Allenp, hindsight is 20/20 bro. Like I said, no one knew LeBron was leaving. And in that scenario, with the franchise doing everything to keep him, his claims about Ohio always being home, and despite his occasional conjecture about other cities, NO ONE in their right minds would have traded him.

  • T-Money

    co-sign namik. you can’t trade your best player unless you know for sure that he’s not going to re-up. no one was 100% certain that he was leavin. well, besides stephen a.

  • total scrotal implosion

    What do the knicks have to offer? Randolph, azubuike, turiaf and picks? Maybe gallo too

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    So, y’all gonna link to the True Hoop story about Bron in GQ, or what?

  • namik

    Allenp, that’s what my 2:09pm comment was about. Ridiculous.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    That’s dumb. You can’t make decisions in sports based on sure things all the time.
    The best GMs minimize risk, but they still take chances.
    There were a lot of signs that Bron was bouncing. More importantly, there were a lot of signs that the team’s structure wasn’t going to work. If you’re going to implode the team anyway, you might as well go out with a serious bang.
    Nobody knows for sure whether Melo is going to opt out, but the owner realizes that the possibility of him leaving the team with nothing means he needs to consider making a move now before Melo’s value plummets even more.
    YOu can sucker a team in early when they can convince themselves that they’ll be able to convince your superstar to re-sign.
    I’m not saying that Cleveland should have traded Lebron, I’m saying that it would not have been moronic if they had traded him depending on what they got back in return.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @ Cub- No, I didnt do those things while there.. @ Cub & Fat Lever, begining of my post said- correct me if im wrong, my 1 visit to Denver was kinda lame, but if you guys live or have been there a few times, and enjoy it, well then I was wrong, and you corrected me… Not hating on a city I haven’t seen much of… No disrespect..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    ^ but I bet Melo likes the “bright lights, big city”.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp
  • Me

    All you N.Y people, dont get your hopes up, or you’ll end up hating him like LeBron

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Send him to Nola or Memphis or Golden State. whatever ‘Melo decides, he needs to utilize his leverage now, because the NBA money landscape will probably change. Perhaps that’s what he and Chris have been acting a little jumpy about.

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

    Co-sign Fat Lever @ 11:01… can we please be done with this TMZ and Perez Hilton version of the NBA.

  • robz

    go 2 bulls MELO !

  • The Philosopher

    Allenp @4:11p.m.
    Good sh1t.

  • T-Money

    Allen: I don’t think we’ll be able to agree on this but IMO it would have been incredibly stupid for Gilbert – with the information he had then – to trade Bron regardless of what he could have gotten in return. 1- The Cavs felt they had a good shot and had no serious intel saying that he was going to bolt for sure before this year’s trading deadline. The real rumors only started floating in June. 2- Kobe, Dwight, Wade, KD would not have been in play so you’re not getting close to equal value. If you can’t get any of them for Bron, just take the cap space. 3- Teams don’t trade good players for rentals (guys that are about to be free agents).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    They should get rid of him now, he is going to go through hell in Denver, the fans will boo him all year. His eyes are on NY, so let him go now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    This just in, Melo’s preferred destinations are Orlando and New York.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    $12 million in cap space isn’t that wonderful. Then the league is changing its salary structure and there is no way the Cavs want to be that close to the salary cap without Lebron selling out the Q.
    I’m not saying the Cavs should have traded Lebron. I understand why they didn’t.
    But, given all the stories that now say this whole Miami thing was a done deal a while ago maybe Cleveland should have thought harder about a trade.(Although these same writers once wrote that nobody had any idea what Lebron was going to do so take their comments for what they’re worth.)
    And I don’t think trading your superstar is the worst possible move. You don’t have to get a player of equal value in return, you have to get something approaching equal value in return.
    Maybe not one player, but a package of talent, and draft picks is very nice. It’s much better than getting nothing, which was definitely in play.
    They should have made the same statement that Denver is making, and then let teams woo them with their best offer. Instead of assumign that Lebron would re-sign with them particularly if they had a decent team around him. They should have considered the worst possible scenario, and then took some action to deal with that scenario. They didn’t.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Oh yeah.
    Teams don’t trade good players for MOST rentals.
    We’re talking about the chance to get Lebron.
    95 percent of the teams would bend over backwards to make that deal.
    And, they would convince themselves that they could re-sign him, just like Cleveland did, and just like New York, New Jersey and Chicago did.
    Everybody was convinced they could influence him as a free agent, I’m sure they would be even more convinced they could resign him if they could offer more money than any one else.
    Just use my Clippers example.
    The Clippers, well if htey were a regular team, could talk themselves into believing that we can offer Lebron the chance to run with Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and some other pieces, and live in L.A. and more money than anyone else.
    Lots of teams would talk themselves into that scenario.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The paper champs in Miami are sweatin’ over Melo joining the Knicks.

  • wtf

    so i guess everyone is just gonna ignore Melos tweet that obviously kills ESPNs story…..smh

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7xlzLOZH5c Th3_R3al_Chris

    Miami should trade Chris Bosh for Melo lol

  • tgm

    he’s going to be traded to the nets!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    NY Post HEADLINE after Knicks complete trade for Carmelo Anthony: “MELO’S NY STAGE” BOOK IT!

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    “…the pressure to be first is encroaching upon the duty to be right, never mind just.”
    That’s some real ish there Allen, thx for the link.

  • MusketeerX

    Just read rumors that Orlando is also on that list….

    Damn… http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/38743707/ns/sports-player_news/

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    i would have loved to see melo finish his career in Denver and win a chip eventually… but after what Miami did, i cant really blame him for leaving… The games messed… but i sayyy GOTO Orlando Meloo

  • NBA kid

    Vince and pietrus for melo and a scrub? why does that seem realistic?

  • ENDS

    Hell throw in gortat and Anderson. Hell give em Lil Penny But lets Make this Happen Blue and Black 2010

  • rikson

    Lets first see what miami can do this season before we hype melos possible change! FYI Melo is NOT in the class of LeBron or Wade playing wise… without last years free agency hardly half the people wouldve talked about him! Now get your a** out of your heads people…

  • Ali

    @JTaylor21… I didn’t mention anything about being loyal. I said whatever he decides (to stay or go), just have a little class about it. Get your money, thanks the city and fans, have press conference with his new jersey, smile for the cameras and move on. No need to drag several cities and every melo fan through what LJB did. The Decision, The Blogs, The Tweets, agreeing to The Big 3 introduction concert/spectical in MIA, just kinda silly to me. These are the MAIN reasons LBJ is the most hated guy in the league now. Hopefully Melo learned from Bron that this may not be the best way to do the FA thing.

  • BK Chris

    Seriously if denver is going to trade him, they must trade him now! What’s to say he doesn’t get injured early in the season and isn’t cleared to play until after the trade deadline? Then they would basically be losing him for nothing! The guy obviously doesn’t want to be there. The second best player on the team is going to be 35 before the season starts!

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    As a big Melo fan I want him to finish what he started in denver, but whereever he goes he’ll do it classier and better than said individuals. That is just his style.

  • Scottie Pimpin

    if chris paul can somehow make it to NY, an eastern conf final would be crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    cosign overtime..

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I don’t think ‘Melo, as much as I appreciate his talent, makes any team he goes to an instant contender the way ‘Bron does for Miami, but move him to Orlando and the SE division is going to be CRAZY. Man, I CAN NOT wait for the season to start.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @ allenp i get your point, but then again there was no clear, major indication the bron’s gonna bolt, and even if there was, let say rumors swirled around january, would you even think of trading him knowing that you have a huge shot at getting a title that season? amidst a huge shot at the championship, the main factor in lebron’s decision? Then lets say Gilbert’s trading him knowing Bron won’t re-up with them, isnt the other team gonna be blown off by that, because Lebron might not re-up with them too? Because the team he’s gonna be traded are gonna give major pieces and as a result they won’t contend the following season even with lebron. And lebron doesnt want that. So he won’t sign no matter what.. He wants a title the following year to which ever team he’s traded to.

  • kundai

    Melo in a lakers jersey cannot see it. And i dont think he wants to be known as kobe’s side kick especially having ot already fight his way out of wade and lebrons accomplishments

  • http://slam Kid Canada

    New York could have a great big three to compete with miami’s: Staudmire,Anthony,Paul vs James,Wade,Bosh That honestly could go either way

  • Mr. Robinson

    Carmelo to……….
    MIAMI!
    HA!

  • Nova

    How scary would it be to see the inter-Florida battles of
    HEAT-Bron, Bosh, Wade
    MAGIC!-CP3, Melo, and Howie

  • Ali

    @ Nova… The Association ain’t a 3 on 3 tournament. If it was we probally all give the newly formed big three in MIA the edge every year. It’s about the TEAM in the end. No one, two, or three players win a championship. It takes the entire TEAM. When will everyone see that, and stop all the madness about all these top tier players playing together.

  • MusketeerX

    I don’t think NY can afford CP3 after this. Moreover, if they were going to get him it would need to be in free agency. That’s two years from now. Miami will then have had two years to learn how to gel together.

    NY will be trying to put together a starting cast around their three all-stars and still just learning how to gel (though admittedly the Knicks big three would be better paired than Miami’s).

    But you are looking at 4-5 years out before both teams are at their best and competing in the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Knicks may be able to pull something out in the third year, but still will only have had that year to really learn how to play together (with little supporting cast).

    At this point all your guys are 31/32… coming out of their prime.

    The best move right now is to get Melo. Go after Tony Parker at the end of this year (or try to trade), and hope for the best. But, even with those three, it will be hard to beat the Super Miami Three.

    B/C of Pat the Rat, us NY fans may go without another ring for a long time… even with a trio of superstars.

  • tavoris

    There were obvious indicators that Lebron was gonna bolt. If anyone thought he was gonna stay after the debacle that was the playoffs, then they weren’t really paying attention. The dude quit on his team-AGAIN-and made no real effort to hide it.

  • http://psp2423@yahoo.com 323 356 9658

    hes going to new orleons to play with cp3.

  • The Philosopher

    I should have BEEN done this:
    Shout out to Howard Nathan.

  • BostonBaller

    AllenP….AllenP….AllenP….AllenP….AllenP…..Alle

  • BostonBaller

    As stated before, Anthony’s wife is looking to further her career which usually means LA or NY. The Lakers are probably out so you have The Clips, The Warriors, The Knicks or The Brooklyn Nets

  • Coney Islander

    No one wants to be Kevin Garnett the sequel. Give a a crappy franchise the best years of your career and start playing meaning full basketball when your body is grinding to a halt. Loyalty to teammates, vital, loyalty to ownership not so much! Go get your checks and rings where you can get them, as soon as you can get them. Own the owners!

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    @Kid Canada: you’re right, the series could go either way – either the Heat sweep them or it goes to 6 max.

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