Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Nuggets have decided to deal Carmelo Anthony and that the Nets and the Clippers "have emerged as the two most probable destinations for Anthony because they have assets that appeal to Denver"--young players and draft picks.
Woj doesn't detail who or what Denver would want for 'Melo but the Nets have 10 players under the age of 27 and 10 draft picks over the next three years. Beyond the two coastal teams, which appeal to Anthony's wife, LaLa Vasquez, Woj thinks three others could make a play: the Rockets, Warriors and possibly the Bobcats.
Woj says Anthony told new Nuggets owner, 30-year-old Josh Kroenke, last weekend that he wanted out.
The meeting grew testy, he writes, and there's now little if any hope Anthony will stay in Denver. "Sources insist it’s no longer a matter of if the Nuggets trade Anthony, but when, where and for whom he’s traded."
I'm not going to get too excited like I did this summer until I actually see the Nets make an offer to the Nuggets for Melo. I'm also interested to see who the Nuggets will want from the Nets for Melo as well as what the Nets will offer to the Nuggets. Brook Lopez, IMO, is the ONLY untouchable player of the Nets. I heard some people consider Favors as untouchable, but he's not a sure thing now. Melo is a PROVEN superstar and I'd trade Favors for him in a heartbeat. Of course, no trade for Melo should be done by the Nets UNLESS it's going to be a sign-and-trade deal. PERIOD!
Acquiring Carmelo Anthony would be a great way for the new GM to begin turning this team around. The Nets keep throwing the word "New" around but aside from adding Avery I dont know if anyone else as of yet is going to have a major impact. Melo would certainly make this team have that "new" kind of vibe.
It looks like the Nuggets have put everyone' speculation about Carmelo Anthony on hold, but Fred Kerber reports when and if they begin offering him in earnest, expect the Nets to be in the front of the line...but don't expect Brook Lopez will be offered.
"Whatever the price, it appears Brook Lopez would not be allowed to enter the equation and is the Nets' lone untouchable," writes the Post's Kerber. That means Devin Harris and Derrick Favors would be on the Nets list.
Problem is no one knows when or indeed if the Nuggets will make the decision to offer him up. Masai Ujiri, the Nuggets new GM wants to meet with Anthony soon to gauge whether he really wants out.
"They have a new [management] team and the last thing they want to do is trade their best and most popular player," one executive with an opposing team told the Post writer. Kerber also points that even if Denver decided not to deal him, the Nets are expected to have $20 million in cap space next summer.