NBA Star Stirs up 'Melodrama' With Possible Move to the East
Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011
Updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011 22:01
Carmelo Anthony wants to leave the Denver Nuggets and go to New York, preferably, but the Nuggets want him to stay – offering him a three-year contract extension.
The first team to consider Anthony was the New Jersey Nets; however Carmelo refused to sign an extension, which was a major factor in the Nets pulling out of the initial deal.
The Nuggets wanted to acquire seven players and have the Nets take back Al Harrington in order to free up funds for rebuilding. Nets owner Mikhail Dmitrievitch Prokhorov felt that trading most of the Nets roster for Anthony " Rip" Hamilton and Chanucey Billups would not have benefit the Nets plans to rebuild their team.
They also wanted to obtain Anthony without compromising their salary cap flexibility.
The Denver Nuggets are trying to gain as much as possible from the trade, but at what cost to the franchise and the players, specifically Carmelo?
The mounting tensions over the trade is being compared to the Lebron James trade, which left Cleveland fans and the franchise with a bad taste in their mouth.
In the 2010-2011 season, Carmelo Anthony has averaged 23.8 points per game, 8 rebounds and three assists. Anthony wants to sever ties with Denver because he does not feel as though he is surrounded by talent that could help him win a championship game.
" He should stick with the Nuggets, he' ll be a free agent and can weigh his options in the off season," Trey Pointdexter, a junior telecommunication major, said. "Carmelo will be making a life-changing decision, as far as marketing and merchandising he has a lot to consider."
Waiting until his contract expires may not be the best deal for Anthony either. The NBA labor contract expires in July and there is the chance that free agents' money will decrease once the new agreement is implemented.
New York remains Anthony's first choice, but the dilemma for New York is how bad and soon did they need Carmelo. They would have to give up two starters and a first-round draft pick or they could wait until he becomes a free agent in July.
Anthony could potentially force a trade and the Denver Nuggets would possibly agree, assuming something is better than nothing, while losing Anthony in the process.
"Throughout the year all the small melodrama, Carmelo situation, the Knicks situation, that' s all nice stories, but at the end of the year we only remember one champ," Kevin Nickelberry, the Howard's men's basketball coach, said.