Bye Bye Melo? Sources Say Anthony Leaving Nuggets

In what has become a trend this summer, yet another star player is reportedly leaving his team. This time we have Carmelo Anthony and a report that it is only a matter of time until the Nuggets star is playing for another team.

According to ESPN:

League sources say it is now a matter of when, not if, Anthony and the Nuggets will go their separate ways.

Anthony is weighing whether to sign a three-year, $65 million extension offered by the Nuggets. His dilemma, league sources say, is what affords him the best chance of continuing his career elsewhere. Anthony could sign with Denver and convince the team to then trade him. His other option would be to not sign the extension, thereby forcing the team to move him rather than risk losing him next summer as a free agent.

If you read the report, it seems that whether or not Anthony signs the extension, he is not going to be a Denver Nugget for much longer.

Now before Knicks fans get excited and start thinking about their own Big Three, there is no guarantee that Denver trades Melo. Should he sign the three-year extension on the table, Denver would not necessarily HAVE to get rid of him, they could sit back and wait for a trade that they like or keep him around for all three years and hope he changes his mind.

However, right now Melo holds all the power, and Nuggets execs probably have Kanye playing in their head right now, thinking “No one man should have all that power.” Okay so odds are they aren’t thinking that at all, but the fact is Melo is in control of this situation right now. He could play out his last season and then leave as a free agent with Denver not receiving anything, and he knows that. Even more important, he knows the Nuggets know that, and he has all the chips in this poker game.

The odds are that Melo will not sign the extension unless getting a guarantee that he will be traded, and Denver is most likely scrambling right now to try and get the best deal possible. If you’re a fringe contender, you prepare to make a push for Melo because frankly it’s not every day a guy that can go for 30 a night becomes available.

Personally, I don’t think Melo is a superstar that will lead a team to a title. He is a volume scorer with a high shot rate and low rebounding numbers, so his stats are deceptive. I understand people who look at his per game scoring average and think he’s a superstar, but in a league with inflated numbers thanks to some teams (i.e. the Nuggets) taking a lot more shots per game than 10 years ago, Melo’s numbers make him seem like more of a star than he really is.

That being said, Anthony will be a great pick up for some team, and if this report has any traction, it looks like he will be a great pick up for some team in the near future.

With Bosh/Bron goin to Miami, CP3 looking for a trade and Melo now looking likely to leave Denver, all we can really say is the summer of insanity continues in the NBA.

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5 thoughts on “Bye Bye Melo? Sources Say Anthony Leaving Nuggets

  • You're crazy. Name on person in the NBA who can guard Melo.

  • Melo is a great scorer and I'm not saying one guy can shut him down, BUT he's a volume shooter. On the season he averaged 9-21 per night, and almost 10 free throws per. He gets his buckets because of his size, yet only averages 6 boards a game, he's one-dimensional in my opinion, great scorer with superstar scoring numbers, but not a superstar.

  • i agree wit the 1ST Comment melo is not a volume he puts up numbers jus like any other superstar n rebounding is not hard for him u jus haveto look at the team his numbers is not gonna be high with birdman k mart n nene down there on tje boards its not really a need 2

  • If you’re Melo right now…

    1 – The NBA is becoming a coaching league, if George Karl doesn’t fully recover from cancer and is forced to retire, the Nuggets will be broken up. Run and Gun Karl style has never gotten Melo out of the 1st round in the West. The Nuggets have never been successful with, or seek to hire black head coaches ever in their history.

    2 – Kroenke is secretly looking to sell the Nuggets. Why stay when the current ownership is scarier than the potential new? The Melo extension was a move to assure the corporate luxury box crowd pay a premium rate for potential playoffs tickets vs LAKERS IN ADVANCE. When the Heat fired their entire sales staff the writing is on the wall for all front offices to lock their ticket money in as soon as possible.

    3 – Signing an extemsion HURTS Melo. Signing for 3 years at $65 million in a prolonged recession isn’t a good move because that will be the last deal he will ever earn in his life. There is no Jordan level of retirement for a 30 year old ball hog who never won anything. He will be the new McGrady if he stays an 6th seed in the West the rest of his career. Signing for 5 years at $95 million AND being able to attract another sidekick to share with is a more valuable option.

    4 – Tickets sales are king in the NBA. If a big law firm in Denver has the option of buying a luxury box in the summer, waiting until the New Years to get a clearance sale for the rest of the season, or going on a game by game basis based on national TV schedule, knowing Melo could be dealt anytime up to the deadline could force the Nuggets to tank the season in order to salvage a lottery pick from the 2010 season. And subscription packages are out the window, trying to sell a team that is in the red means low ball prices. Buying a team that is in the red means sky high interest rates over buying a secure team like the Yankees.

    5 – Melo can go to ANY TEAM in the league, he is more valuable now than as a free agent. Being an overrated star who can score with any in the league is a plus in this case. Melo can wind up on the Mavs, Cavs, Raps, TWolves, Jazz, Hornets, Pacers, Bulls, Blazers, Suns, Hawks, Magic, Wizards, AND STILL be considered a drastic IMPROVEMENT over the existing wing players. He doesn’t have to goto the Knicks to get a NY lifestyle, when he’d wind up living in Teaneck or Alpine , NJ anyway playing for the NETS and an established playoff coach (Dantoni hasnt won with his uptempo style yet).

    The Bobcats are the safety pick due to Jordan Team being his boss already, but Jordan DOES NOT believe Melo is a max $ player because as an owner and ICON, getting it done in the playoffs is key to getting paid from Jordan.


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