Can the Nets or Knicks Get Melo?
Cub Scouts the daily hoops scene.
by Cub Buenning
Jumping back into the Carmelo Anthony contract saga, let’s take a rational look at the actual likelihoods of the recently rumored moves. Yesterday’s trade by New Jersey does allow them to put together a package that could entice the Nuggets into making a deal. The question here is just whether Melo would sign his extension to remain a Net beyond this season. Like a lot of other possible deals, if Melo won’t sign the extension, the partnering team would likely shy away from mortgaging off their future for just a few months of Melo’s service.
Now, the Knicks‘ situation is entirely different. Any possible in-season discussion is really a moot point, as an actual trade with them is not possible. They Knicks still don’t have the draft picks or the desirable existing players that would move the Nuggets to make the deal. The ONLY way that Melo becomes a Knick is if he waits out the year, then becomes an unrestricted free agent (when he can sign with anyone). The catch there, however, is with a new collective bargaining agreement to be done this offseason, Melo could stand to lose out on a large chunk of the $65 million that the Nuggets currently have on the table.
Interesting to say the least… Like I’ve always said, my thoughts change on a daily basis. STAY MELO, STAY! That’s where I’m at today. Hey, maybe we move him and JR Smith?
The suddenly rejuvenated San Antonio Spurs are in town tonight for a late (8:30 MST) national game.
Moving on to a quiet night (they all have been lately with these guys taking finals) in the college game, a team that I was very high on coming into the season has dropped its second straight game, as the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels were defeated by the mighty Guachos of UC-Santa Barbara. A battle between old conference rivals, this was actually UCSB’s third win in a row in the series. (Side note: My wife often speaks of going to her first basketball game at the Thunderdome and seeing UNLV with the likes of Gerald Paddio in a mid-‘80s Pacific Coast Athletic Association game. Oddly enough, my only experience at the legendary on-campus beachside joint was a Dave Chapelle stand-up show a few years back — not long before the man disappeared off the face of the earth.)
With in-state victories already this year over Fresno State, Loyola-Marymount and Santa Clara, the Guachos up that “Golden State-ante” about 20-fold this weekend when they travel down south to meet the best team in the west in San Diego State.
This post was a segment of Cub’s blog at milehighsportsview.blogspot.com. The Mile High Five is a daily portion of his blog that covers several aspects in the world of Denver and national sports and pop culture.