Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have exploded, as Anthony reportedly demanded a trade from Denver. New Anthony trade rumors have the Nuggets exploring what they can possibly do with their star player, but it is starting to appear very likely that Anthony could be traded soon. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, a list of teams that Anthony would want to go to has already been delivered to the team by his team of handlers. If you thought that the LeBron James saga turned sour or hurt his reputation, it suddenly appears that Anthony could make James look good here.
If you ask Anthony or his team of people, they won’t use the word “demanded,” instead opting for “requested” when it comes to trade talks, because demanding a trade will get you fined in the NBA. Instead he is just forcing Denver to take action, basically stating that he won’t be signing a contract extension, no matter how much money the Nuggets put on the table. The worst fear of the organization is now about to come true, and, if they don’t act quickly, they aren’t going to get enough assets in return to make this seem like a good trade for Denver. This is where teams entering the equation start offering “expiring contracts” in order to come out on top.
Trade rumors involving Anthony don’t appear close to settling down, but Denver might want to figure out what to do in this situation rather quickly, and not deal with the distraction and the drama all season. If they wait until next offseason, they are going to get even less value for Anthony (probably just draft picks), so they need to act while someone is willing to overpay for him. Send him to the New York Knicks for about 10 years of draft picks, Anthony Randolph, Danilo Gallinari, and the expiring contract of Eddie Curry. Make them also take J.R. Smith to get him out of town, and the deal comes out almost respectable.
It’s time for the Denver Nuggets to rebuild, and coming to that realization in the front office is extremely important right now. Most of the team is getting old quickly, and it’s time to tear it down and rebuild for the future. Some might think that they should make one last run with the current roster, but that could lead to getting no value in return for players like Anthony, Smith, and several other players who walk at the end of the 2010-11 season.