Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  56 responses

Nuggets Listening to Trade Offers for Carmelo Anthony

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

It wasn’t too long ago that the Denver Nuggets’ public stance was that of doing everything in their power to keep Carmelo Anthony. The new GM said this was the case, the coach was on board with getting through to him, and even Melo’s wife said not to listen to any of the rumors.

According to the latest reports, however, Denver’s management has had a change of heart (and strategy): they’re apparently ready to listen to trade offers for the unhappy Anthony.

ESPN and FanHouse report:

The Nuggets still aren’t aggressively shopping Anthony and haven’t withdrawn their longstanding offer of a contract extension, but numerous sources told ESPN.com that Denver officials have in recent days let other teams know for the first time that they will listen to pitches after previously resisting such discussions. “I’m not sure how soon, but I do think they’re going to trade him [between now and February],” said one rival GM. Said another source briefed on Denver’s plans: “There’s no doubt they are working on it. Eventually they’re going to pull the trigger.”

According to a front-office source who has recently spoken with Denver about trading its reportedly-disgruntled small forward, the Nuggets are fielding trade offers for Anthony for the first time in a manner that is nothing short of lottery-style. “Send it in,” league executives are being told of their proposals for the three-time All-Star who can be a free agent next summer.

The Nuggets are reportedly looking for young talent, future draft picks and salary cap relief.

Carmelo Anthony will become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season. It seems as though the Nuggets are prepared to avoid suffering similar fates to Cleveland and Toronto this summer.

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  • JTaylor21

    HAAY, Melo in denver is robbing NBA fans from truly seeing a great great player. Melo to NYK make it happen.

  • James

    You better move him or you’ll lose him, besides I don’t think I would like an unmotivated Anthony on my squad. Time for rebuilding mode Nuggets!

  • larrylegend

    blame bron.

  • BK Chris

    In other breaking news, Barry Bonds is on steroids… Ujiri saw what happened in Toronto, Players say they are loyal but when a better situation comes around they bite! Hope he gets traded b4 the season starts or its gonna get ugly in denver!

  • WangChung

    Houston…don’t let me down.


    Fellas, I got out of bed this morning in a New York state of mind, and it’s only a matter of time before Melo’s movin’ and groovin’. BOOK IT!

  • Will

    Trade him to NJ for Harris and Favors

  • Will

    Knicks have nothing the Nuggets want. Knicks fans are delusional

  • WangChung

    Unlikely. Nuggs seem pretty high on Lawson, and refused to include him in trade deals last year.


    I always get a chuckle, when I read the Knicks have no “assets” to offer the Nuggets. LOL… That’s that B.S. the Nuggets front office has been pushing through their media conduits. I can’t wait for the season to begin. The Nuggets have zero leverage.

  • johnny c

    this sucks, all the good young players gotta try and copy what wade, bosh and lebron did. so whats it gonna be? a handful of dominant teams and the rest all finish under .500?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Randolph or Gallinari needs to come back in return, it would solve a logjam of combo forwards and give the Nuggets a talented young player to build around.

  • wottywo

    With Melo getting moved, we will finally get to see what J.R Smiths game is all about. And I know melo wants to go to NY, but I myself kinda don’t see that. Denver want’s to have a chance to compete in the west, and If they are going to trade melo they want someone that can help them compete, that’s all I’m saying.

  • chazz michael michaels

    fareal if bron wouldnt had made that decision all would be well as of now… bron to blame


    Birdman’s Luke-Walton-like contract would likely be included in any deal. That’s a tough pill to swallow.

  • wottywo

    You can’t blame Lebron, the man want’s to win. So if Lebron jumps off a bridge, you expect every NBA player to think about doing the same thing. The blame the Lebron issue is overrated trust me. Players are seeing money signs.

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

    Rockets or Knicks, Melo!!!

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    I love that Bron’s being blamed here. Like Melo isn’t responsible for his Kobe-like act.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    u actually can blame lebron… because the only way to knock the heat out now is to have a near equally stacked team

  • http://www.Duuuuhhh.com Anon E Mouse

    I saw a 10 car pile up on the Highway a couple of weeks back, I’ve just realised I should have blamed Bron…

    Say it with me children – SMH.

  • b

    He just wants a better chance to win and a better marketing situation… he wants to win on both counts… can’t blame him…

  • MikeC.

    I need to run this through the ESPN trade machine to match salaries, but I think a combo of Eddy Curry’s expiring contract for cap relief and Denver’s choice of Wilson Chandler/Gallo/Randolph plus a future pick might do the deal. Especially if Melo is saying he won’t re-up anywhere but NY.

  • Cizzo

    Melo new Nickname is “Can’t get Right.” melo aint that dude you want to build around, correction Melo is that dude you can’t build around. Yall know why too…..and after he punched that kid in “MSG” why would Knicks fans want dude anyway?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Blame it on LeBron? Blame it on Lala! You know she’s pushing for Melo to go to NY.

  • wottywo

    Go to Ny or not. His team will not beat Lebron, and Wades team, simple as that.

  • http://twitter.com/pdxgaybball dma

    watch him get traded to Cleveland

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

    How are we so sure he isn’t going to H-Town? Way better chances of winning there, no offense to me Knickerbockers.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    What has Melo actually said about all this? There seems to be a lot of stories and speculation without a ton of facts and quotes. Actually reminds me of the LeBron situation where LeBron hadn’t said anything about his intentions all season long or even after the playoffs, but the media kept on pushing. Melo is in a great position to go wherevever he wants – NYC is logical from a hometown/media standpoint. The money to stay put in Denver is compelling as well. Chicago and Dallas could give him the best opportunity to win (and they have assests to forge a trade). But to blame LeBron? That doesn’t make any since. Unless of-course when he does make a decision he announces it with a 1 hour prime-time special on ESPN.

  • http://google J-Ro

    I thought Melo’s best option was Orlando?

  • bakers’-dozen

    I’m a nuggs fan, but for the fun of it I’d love to see him play out this final year of his contract, break his leg in the last week of the playoffs where the Nuggets win the title (with him on hte bench), his contract expires, and nobody signs him cause he can never play again.
    A little rough? Yep, but then again, $63 million is a lot to leave on the table. If denver cash isn’t good enough, he’s not worht the money. It would be poetic justice to the prima-donnas in the league.

  • T-Money

    It’s funny how people blame LeBron for quitting on his team although he fulfilled his contractual obligation when other superstars (including Kobe) tried to force their way out when they were still under contract. Just saying.


    FACT: Melo has not demanded a trade. OPINION: Melo not signing that extension in Denver is a great business decision. I think he’s getting excellent advice.

  • Dutch Hoopfan

    “break his leg in the last week of the playoffs where the Nuggets win the title (with him on hte bench), his contract expires, and nobody signs him cause he can never play again.”
    bakers’-dozen Posted: Sep.20 at 3:47 pm

    WOW, thats bitter dude

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    J-Ro I’d still love to see Melo wearing a Magic uni, trade Gortat, Vince, Orton, and a 1st rounder for Melo and Birdman. Idk if the salaries match up but I believe they’re darn close

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    co-sign T-Money

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com Masr

    Hey, Must be the money!

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

    Oh my god wake me up when something actually happens. TMZ.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    @bakers’dozen: I get what you’re saying but to wish harm on anybody is just foul. $63mil is a lot to leave on the table and I’d love to see a situation where he turns it down, plays out the season and then with the new CBA rules/cap change in such a way where he can’t get anything even close to that amount – hurting his wallet, not his health. Similarly, a co-worker of mine said he hopes that LeBron does something stupid and gets suspended for the playoffs and the Heat go on to win a ring without him. He’s from Miami and loves the Heat but still ‘hates’ LeBron. I get his point too, just don’t wish any ‘harm’ to anyone.


    Chris Broussard says, Melo’s first choice still the New York Knicks. Shocker. smh

    Link: http://www.theknicksblog.com/2010/09/20/melos-choices/

  • dma

    carmelo must not have liked that Al Harrington signing. at all.

  • bakers’-dozen

    It is harsh of me to wish harm on him, and to me it’s really not about hte money. As far as getting ‘excellent advice,’ I think he’s getting horrible advice. If you’re not on guaranteed contracts during the lockout, you’re not getting paid at all. Odds are that management will not allow these supersized contracts after the lockout, so he won’t be able to get this much $$$ anyway. Throw in a year or two salary free and see waht happens to his wallet. If it’s about winning, why in the WORLD would anybody leave Denver for NJ? NJ? NJ? come on, when was the last time they were legitimate playoff threats? Oh yeah, when they had Keith Van Horn and Kerry Kittles working it. Great move if you go to NJ, Melo. La La is working you hard, hope she’s worth it.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Chandler and some draft picks for Melo is a fair trade, its better than nothing. BOOK IT!!

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Gaylon Nickerson.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Nets are getting the buzz going….I just wonder how many of the pieces they’ve put together this off-season they’d have to trade to get him?

  • Will

    @the seed. you are an idiot. that is not a fair trade. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion


  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Its better than nothing man.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Shoutout to Colin Nickerson!

  • Will

    The Seed,

    Chandler is nothing. A first round draft pick would be nice but come on, we can get a much better deal than that from ANY other team


    COLD HARD TRUTH FOR NUGGIE FANS: Carmelo Anthony ONLY gets traded to where he’ll agree to sign an extension, not to where Denver gets the best deal.

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

    Don’t mind if Melo stays in Denver as he’s made something special of that team since he’s been there. Wouldn’t mind him going to the Bulls or NYK either.

  • http://iamsmooth.org Breeze..

    I mean melo wants to win..but why people don’t thinks the knicks doesn’t have pieces to trade…azubukie,chandler,and walker …is better than harris and favors…why would they even get harris with lawson and billups there..?

  • http://google J-Ro

    @Caboose- I think Carter, Gortat, and Pietrus for Melo and Andersen fit within the cap rules


    i bet he goes to the bulls. STAMP IT!!!

  • WJL

    melo please go to NY with amare and give the heat a run for there money, and chris paul too. that would be the best series ever!!

  • 80y4n

    This is really beyond criticism, how many games they won? 50-55 range. With all the misfortune they had, they did pretty good, but primadonna wants to change teams. I dont understand his attitude. Like it is easy to make contending team, building player chemistry, solving the puzzle of player dynamics, filling all the pieces to get a shot at winning a championship. Wherever he ends up it will take that team alot longer to get to where nuggets are at the moment.