So…Melo could be leaving Denver?

ESPN‘s own Ric Bucher reporting last night that Carmelo Anthony is expected to leave the Denver Nuggets. In his story, Bucher tells one of the more awkward wedding toast tales I can remember, involving Chris Paul and Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke. You have to read it to believe it. Anyways, here is the meat and potatoes of it if you have not seen it:

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

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.”

Anthony has had a three-year, $65 million contract extension from the Nuggets on the table since June. Reports came out in early July that he was going to sign it, and then those went away quickly. Generally speaking, if a contract offer is on the table for months the players might not sign it. Can you blame Melo for wanting to potentially form a superpower of his own? If he has the chance to team up with Amare Stoudemire (and then) potentially Chris Paul, you’d think he would take it. This Nuggets run is almost at its peak and I think Melo is beginning to realize it.

This has the potential to be really good news for Blazer fans. Why? Denver has won back to back Northwest Division crowns, that’s why. To really make some noise in the post-season, Portland is going to have to get home court advantage some day. A division crown guarantees that in at least the first round and possibly beyond.

There is a reason I said this only has the potential to be really good news. For one, Anthony could change his mind and sign it and Denver can still re-build around him. Secondly, the Nuggets could pull of a masterful trade, giving up Anthony and somehow re-stocking themselves. That’s actually more my nightmare than anything. Here’s what I say the Blazers should do: when Denver comes to town, play Jay-Z’s ‘Empire State of Mind’ to reinforce that he needs to go to New York….or New Jersey. Or maybe we can go Inception on him. But get out of the Western Conference.

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  • Lance

    I try to think positive on the situation and suggest we should make a run at him. I know it is tough to trade within the division, but not impossible. I played around a little on the trade machine and this is what I came up with.

    Two scenarios:
    1- Melo


    Bayless, Rudy, Camby


    2- Melo, Anderson


    Camby, Rudy, Bayless, Pryz (expiring contract)

    I know this may not be enough so the possibility of Batum being added to either trade also works on the trade machine.

    That would give us a great 5 with Miller-Roy-Melo-LA-Oden.

    Just saying.

    • SJ

      Make a run at Melo…not a bad idea, actually. Wouldn’t hurt to make the phone call. I’ll take your idea step further: who would you NOT give up to get Carmelo Anthony to Portland? Everyone but the Big 3?

      It would be tough for Portland to get Melo because I’m sure Denver will be looking for a lot in return. Not only that but consider the desperate teams out there looking for a superstar who could offer a better deal to Denver. Also let’s not forget this new ‘superfriends’ epidemic where stars are trying to team up together. CP3 is trying to get to NYC, one would assume Melo would try to get there as well.

      • Lance

        I read that Melo would like to go to Orlando so that tells me he isn’t locked in to going to NY. he does want to join a big 3 scenario somewhere and Portland has that to offer plus some.

        I know others may have more to offer, but do others have the ability to pay the large extension he would get? Maybe, maybe not.

        He wouldn’t I trade for him? Roy. I think the others would be available depending on the situation. I would do Aldridge straight across, but the numbers wouldn’t work. Oden if Melo and something else came back (of course we would have to pad the offer for the dollars to match). Again, anyone but Roy in the right deal.

        Just my opinion.