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Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  47 responses

Sixers (and T-Wolves!) Enter Carmelo Anthony Derby

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

All eyes will be on what happens in Denver later on today, with everyone looking in to see if Carmelo Anthony shows up for the team’s annual Media Day.

Judging from the reports over the weekend, there’s no sense that ‘Melo will get moved anytime soon; the only thing we know is that New Jersey isn’t the only team with serious interest in acquiring his services.

The Sixers are said to have joined in the hunt for Anthony, and are reportedly dangling Andre Iguodala. It’s clear, though, that the chances of ‘Melo going to the City of Brotherly Love are slim to none. From the Philly Daily News:

The 76ers have contacted the Denver Nuggets about a potential trade for star forward Carmelo Anthony, multiple NBA sources confirmed on Sunday. The centerpiece of the Sixers’ offer is swingman Andre Iguodala, although other players, including expiring contracts and young talent, would be needed to convince the Nuggets to part with their franchise player.

Another Western Conference source admitted that Denver has “always loved” Iguodala’s game, but cautioned that most NBA teams have inquired about Anthony. The source said there was little reason to believe the Sixers were front-runners for landing the 6-foot-8 all-star forward, who reportedly has a list of preferred destinations not including Philly.

Speaking of slim-to-none, the Pioneer Press takes a quick look at the Timberwolves’ interest in Carmelo.

No, really:

The New Jersey Nets aren’t the only team interested in trading for disenchanted Denver Nuggets all-star forward Carmelo Anthony. The Timberwolves — don’t laugh — have serious interest in Anthony and have managed their salary cap to be able to afford him if he’s still available at trade time in February.

It’s clear that absolutely no one knows what’s going to happen with Carmelo Anthony. All we can say with certainty is that, for whatever reason, everyone thinks they’ve got a shot at landing him.

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  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The T-Wolves are only willing to take Carmelo if it involves getting a PG also.

  • matt the jazz fan

    as a Jazz fan I say the farther the better and happy trails. As an NBA fan I say what – you think you got a better shot at winning anything with N-E-W Jerz?!

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

    ^nice. Kahn’s always good for a laugh.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Just what Minnesota needs…another small forward. At least it would be a good on this time.

  • Z-man

    The T-Wolves, Sixers, Knicks and Nets. Am i the only one that sees a pattern in the teams that want Melo?

  • http://Slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Desperate times call for desperate measures…even if it means having Melo as a rental for a season.

  • Hussman25

    For some reason I felt the Brackins trade was done for a reason. As soon as The Sixers aquired Brackins and called Denver, they realized the Sixers also have pieces to do the deal and could send Melo to the Sixers out of spite for not signing the extention. One question to every1: Does Melo have to sign the extention to make the deal happen? I dont necessarily think so, I think he just wants to to get the most out of the current CBA?? If I was Thorn and Stuffanski; make the trade, cut ties w/ Melo next season and use the salary cap relief to make a run @ Al Horford!

  • jsbauman

    He’s obviously leaving Denver to go to Minnesota, duh

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @Hussman – Only teams would offer Melo to sign an extension so they can (try to) lock him in beyond next year. Melo might be thinking about going somewhere (read: anywhere) just for the remainder of this single yr/contract left and going to where he really wants to go (read: NYK) as a free agent – As Bryan Crawford has mused; ANY TEAM THINKING THAT THEY BENEFIT BY HAVING CARMELO FOR THIS SINGLE SEASON IS ON REAL HARD TIMES. OKay….everyone out before ‘the never’ shows up.
    ___

    :/

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    *oh I meant ‘the nerve’!? That was cr@p… :(

  • a_whiteman

    I think minnesota could put together a very enticing package centered around beasley, picks and one of their 852675 pgs (rubio?). But I don’t see melo willing to sign long term there

  • Hussman25

    @Dacre: Thanks… The media is making it out that Melo HAS to sign an extention for the trade to go down… He doesnt hold a No-Trade clause… Next years FA class is “suspect” anyway, but I’d rent melo, take the cap relief and enjoy some financial flexability.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Looking for deals in all the wrong places… is so counterproductive.

  • Fat Lever

    I’ve said it before, even if it’s just a rental for the season, Melo to the Sixers would be very good. We get an albatross of a contract off the books, which is the most important thing right now. Really, what is the difference in wins between having Iguodala on this team vs not having him? If the Sixers keep him, they’ll likely max out at 40-42 wins. If they lose him, they’ll max out at about 35 wins? I’m ok with going 35-47 and not having a mammoth contract weighing down this franchise.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    so he wants out of Denver why? so he can be surrounded by championship caliber talent? the only teams that make sense for him to go to would be Chicago and Orlando.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This is obviously where Kobe Bryants suggestion to stay put in Denver unless you really REALLY want out is such a considerable and mate-like thing to suggest. How many guys through history went to a different team because they felt under appreciated and unsuccessful, only to fail and fall of the planet?? I call it the “SHAWN MARION PARADIGM”.
    ___________________________________________________
    OKay. I’ve now mentioned Kobe Bryant (and somehow that is a link to MJ and/or LeBron) so everybody hide before ‘the nerve’ appears.

  • Fat Lever

    The SHAWN MARION PARADIGM is really the STEVE NASH COROLLARY theory. It wasn’t so much as about Marion as it was about Nash giving him 6 gimme points a game(as well as Marbury, to a lesser extent). Melo can stand on his own, Marion can’t. It’s amazing how quickly Marion went from star to afterthought.

  • Martey

    Despite what the New York media tell us over here, the word is out amongst the players that New York is not a place to play. The media is vicious and the main journalists, usually insiders too close to the game, are vindictive and bitter (Frank Isola, Peter Vescey,etc…) The real die hard Knicks fans can’t afford the tickets like in smaller markets so the Garden is filled with corporate types taking attorneys and investors out to eat, really out on some tourist trip and not at all interested in who wins or the hometown team. Either that it’s casual fans taking their girl out and they just cheer for Kardashian’s husband or Eva Longoria’s man. For a player with a Knicks jersey on the court, you feel no support from the fans and may even feel them to be hostile and cheering the other team. No Actual Knicks fans are usually in attendance at all unless it’s the cheap seats. Then the management is horrible. Because the Knicks are part of Cablevision, they’re treated as an economic entity and losses, financial or otherwise, are just written off and counterbalanced by the winning assets, mainly the freakin monopoly that is the cable tv business in New York. Never in the red so who cares. People act like David Stern thinks the Knicks are AIG -too big to fail, but he’s been doing just fine league wide with the Knicks at the bottom. James Dolan is a maniac rich kid, and the Knicks are his pet project handed over by daddy for him to play with and mess up. D’Antoni’s system wears out thin after you have a 50ppg average but 20 wins and no playoffs. So with that being said, athletes rather a) not play in New York at all, and go out to Times Square, 5th Ave, Madison ave, etc when they’re in town to play AGAINST the Knicks or in the off season i.e. Lebron. or b) play for the Nets and travel the 10 minutes after games to come hang out in New York (like J KIdd used to do, and is what we’re seeing with Carmelo Anthony.) All that jazz they talk about the best place on Earth to play is all about attractions, which players figure out they can visit on their own time and avoid the megamess that is the Knicks. SOMEBODY BUY THE KNICKS

  • Martey

    All this to say the Knicks have no shot in hell, not even for a year rental

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I don’t see why he doesn’t wait until the end of the season when he’s a FA. That would give teams a chance to clear cap room during the season and he can have his pick of better teams. Right now these bum teams are all expecting him to sign a long term deal and he seems to want out so bad that he’s considering it.

  • Exile

    Martey: Tell us how you really feel.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Marion’s game was built on athleticism and an uptempo style of play.
    He starred with Nash, Kidd and Marbury, in fact puttin up some of his best numbers with Marbury at the helm, not Nash.
    He became an afterthought because he’s older than 30, which means a decline in athletic ability, and he has yet to play for a team that had hte same sort of uptempo style he was used to in Phoenix.
    Sorry Nash fans, but it’s not all about Nash, it’s about age and style of play. Style of play makes a huge difference in players, ask Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson, along with Steve Nash.
    Remember the Terry Porter experiment?

  • hammer

    This is getting ri-goddam-diculous! Let me know when he ACTUALLY gets traded

  • Martey

    @Exile Lol Sorry bro I had a Knicks fan spazz out moment there

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Is it over yet? Sure felt like there was a rumor a day (of Melo) since this started.

  • ManofGod131

    All of this is happening and it makes me think about my favorite player, AI. Not once did he demand a trade. Even when he was playing with the Pistons and a guy who had no business coaching (Michael Curry). He still played and busted his tail with all of those injuries every night. Now we have all these guys crying and whining, begging for trades just to have a change of scenery. LeBron made a good move. He was a free agent. Now guys with contracts are trying to leave just so that they can be in big markets and still lose games. Face it. The Knicks and Nets are not going to win 50 games and be a threat in the playoffs whether they have Melo or not. The class of both conferences is set. East: Celtics, Magic, Heat, Bulls, Bucks (when healthy). West: Lakers, Thunder, Spurs, Jazz, Rockets (when healthy). Everyone else has no chance to surprise these teams.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Just tried to look at possibilities for Minnesota in ESPN’s trade machine, and it’s beyond impossible. However, here’s what I think David Kahn is seeing during his current acid trip:
    They give Denver Wesley Johnson, Johnny Flynn and whatever other pieces they need to make it work (minus Kevin Love). A couple years from now, they have Love, Melo and Rubio as a core, and that might be enough for KG to come back to retire after Boston’s window is closed. Somewhere, Rick Kamla is reading this with an erection.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Allen took the words from my brain. …… And melos not ggoin to the lwolves

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Just for fun, here’s how you make Orlando the best team in the NBA:

    Orlando gets: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups.

    Denver gets: Vince Carter, Jameer Nelson, Daniel Orton and Brandon Bass.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I hear Melo reported to the Nuggets today.

  • twinparadox

    This feels like LeBron all over again…is there gonna be another 1 hour special?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’m just glad my Bulls are finally, for the most part, not being talked about as a possible Melo destination. Don’t get me wrong, Melo in the Chi would be sick (unless we have to part with Noah) but the players don’t need that type of distractions

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Enigmatic: I understand where you are coming from. I remember how the Kobe talks 3 years ago messed with the Bulls team psyche.

  • jose

    Melo in Chi would be sick, to orlando just as sick, houston seems nice too. New jersey would take sum time i think but still good if he stays there.

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

    So over this soap opera.

  • SpaceJam

    If my bulls got Melo w/o trading Noah we’d have the best starting 5 on paper. But we’ll kill anyways

  • http://www.theknicksblog.com/2010/09/27/melo-keeping-options-open-until-end-of-season/ IAMORANGE4EVER

    Carmelo Anthony denied that he has requested a trade and said he plans to keep his options open until the end of the season.

    “I’m leaving my options open. At the end of the season, I’ll sit down with my team, I’ll sit down with the Nuggets,” Anthony said.

    “I’ve never said i wanted to be traded,” he said. “I never once said anything about trade talk.”

    “I never once said anything about trade talk,” Anthony said. “There’s been a lot of speculation going on.”

    With Flavor Flav’s voice, “YEAH BOY!!!”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    The Philly fans would hate Melo sometimes, but the Sixers are the best fit, believe me!

  • AI TO MIAMI!!!

    melo still dont get it?

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

    Martey is on point. I completely agree, and as a Knick fan, all I can say is… SMH.

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

    And PLEASE NO MORE UPDATES UNTIL HE GETS TRADED ALREADY! This is shaping up to be just as anti-climactic as the Knicks’ summer.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    IF YOU CAN’T LIE NO BETTER,
    YOU MAY AS WELL TELL THE TRUTH. *smh*

  • BBaller

    Did Carmelo not learn anything from his peers this off season?Why doesn’t he just settle where he is playing this upcoming season and earn enormous respect from everyone, even from the Denver fans. Melo while there is still time too decide now and avoid the same backlash Lebron did.

  • BBaller

    Sorry ” backlash Lebron received”

  • BBaller

    The problem with the way Lebron handled the offseason is not with Why he left Cleveland, he could of not liked the cleaner,who cares his business. Or where he went to, as if he would of left to go to a minny or memphis team? Once again his business. The issue is, How he left, he had an obligation to those fans who have supported him since the beginning to at least be straight with them but instead he led them on for weeks only to promote his own “decision”.If people honestly think that’s an ethical thing to do then i feel sorry for the world in which they live in.It is for that reason ALONE why Lebron went down a notch in my book.I hope Carmelo is more sensible.

  • JayBo

    MELO TO THE NETS IN 3…2…1!!

  • BBaller

    My Bad, it seems he( Melo ) held a press conference today tough his response is still open to interpretation.Good PR move nonetheless

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