DENVER - NOVEMBER 16: Wilson Chandler #21 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 16 2010 in Denver Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Knicks 120-118. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
New York Knicks forward, and possible trade chip, Wilson Chandler let go long-time agent Chris Luchey. Alan Hahn is reporting that Luchey had been "looking for money similar to the five-year, $60 million deal Danny Granger signed ... " That's a lot of dough, especially for the likely cost-cutting Denver Nuggets front office.
I don't know what trade partners will show up in the coming weeks for the Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony, but Chandler has been discussed quite a bit and the Nuggets like Chandler's game. The problem ... if Melo is traded how far down the rebuilding road will the Nuggets' front office go?
Well, we got our first indications that the front office might be looking to gut the roster a bit and not re-tool without Melo when rumors flew that Chauncey Billups and Al Harrington might be thrown into a New Jersey deal. I sort of thought with the Big Al signing that the Nuggets had the stop-gap player they needed if/when Melo did leave as Harrington is a better fit at small forward than he is at power forward.
Heck, according to Chris Tomasson, Billups was thinking perhaps the same thing:
"Chauncey Billups said he didn't know Nuggets were going to rebuild heading into season. Said trade rumor involving him first indication." -Tomasson's Twitter
Yes, I'm plugging my own article here. Very interesting to read the comment section and my thoughts about Melo not signing the extension because the Nuggets had a lot to prove in order to keep Melo around.
Chandler is apparently looking at hiring Melo's agent Leon Rose. How does Rose pitch Chandler here? Does he convince him that Denver is one player away from a ring and by swapping him for Melo they can win it all? Haha ... oh Leon, maybe you can get Chandler to Brooklyn by way of New Jersey.
Since Prokhorov has apparently moved on from Melo, who will the Nets target now? If you can't get Melo I guess AK-47 or Zach Randolph are nice options right?!?!
Well, Melo didn't make this list, but a couple familiar sports names did. Can you guess who? And maybe with the booing that has been following Melo he has a shot at the 2011 list? A nice lighthearted article here.
Our friend Charlie aka runningdonut has his midseason report out ... an interesting choice for "Worst Loss."
Why did Karl pick the Spurs? Is it because his Nuggets are 0-3 against them this season? Go read and found out. Plus some CSU and CU notes in the article and some Billups quotes on the Buffs. Both college teams are enjoying very fine seasons. Go to some games if you get a chance ... good college ball in Colorado doesn't happen a lot!!
Recently, it seems that NBA players are the ones running the show. The owners are just cutting checks and getting railroaded by what the players want. Maybe Prokhorov's hard stance on Melo (if it is a hard stance) will be the beginning of a new era for NBA owners? Great story.
Makes me sick to my stomach to agree with things that Bryant says. Kobe is a great player and yada yada if he was a Nugget for life I'm sure we'd all love him too, but blah! Kobe does raise some solids points though ...