Carmelo Anthony trade rumors are about to inundate the NBA. These Carmelo Anthony trade rumors come out of Denver, where the Nuggets are now actively entertaining offers for Anthony. According to ESPN, the resistance to acknowledge trade rumors is leaving the consciousness of the Denver Nuggets front office, and they have let other teams know that they are open to pitches now. This is in stark contrast to the constant denials that had been coming out of Denver this past month. It’s hard to blame them, though, because losing Anthony could potentially set the franchise back a few steps.
The reason that there are so many Carmelo Anthony trade rumors is because Anthony can become a free agent at the end of the 2010-11 NBA season. He has the right to opt out of his current contract, and then would have the opportunity to sign with any other team in the league. Denver has offered him a three-year contract extension, but Anthony has made no indication that he is either interested in it or in even coming back to play for the Nuggets. This has created a fever around the NBA, especially with so many other teams feeling that they could offer Anthony a nice contract to come play there.
What Denver really needs to do here is resign themselves to the fact that Anthony has made no move to stay in Denver, and that it does indicate he wants to be traded. They don’t need to wait around for Anthony to say those exact words to the press, because he probably never will. If they wait too long, they will be in the same boat that the Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves in, and won’t be getting anything of great value back when Anthony leaves after the season. What they have to do is become proactive, find a good trading partner with nice assets, and make a deal happen before the season tips off.
This brings about the question of where Anthony would most likely end up. Denver has to make a trade that will bring back one or more great young pieces who will provide them with significant minutes the next few years. This could limit the trading partners, because there aren’t many of those teams that also have the salary cap room. Significant offers seem to be out there from the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks, and if one of those teams seem appealing to Anthony, he could even agree to a contract extension if the deal gets done. That would help Denver, get Anthony somewhere he wants to play, and put an end to the current hostage crisis in Denver.