Wouldn't it be funny if the Nuggets traded Carmelo Anthony this season, without him inking an extension, and then signed him in the offseason as a free agent? Melo obvioulsy wouldn't be too happy without the extension, but the Nuggets could do a "rental trade" and pick up some assets that would make Denver an even more complete team. What ... this isn't a videogame?
The Nuggets have failed for years to bring in a quality big man that would allow the team to slide Nene over to his natural power forward position and give the team a bigger body to match up against the Lakers and Celtics. Well, what if Denver had the right trade chip to bring in that big man with the trade of Melo?
With Eric Gordon out for a few weeks with the Los Angeles Clippers with a wrist injury, might the time be right to deal Melo as a rental player and then attempt to re-sign him in the offseason? Yes, Melo would lose out on the beefy extension, but the Nuggets could bring in Chris Kaman or perhaps another big man to make the team complete, re-sign Melo in the offseason and then go right for the prize in 2011-12 after the lockout.
I'm losing my mind. But that sure would be sweet wouldn't it?
Uneasy Carmelo Anthony talks about his Nuggets future - Benjamin Hochman, Denver Post.com
Some really candid quotes from Melo from our local man on the spot, Hochman. The word "Screwed" in regards to the extension is brought up.
Tracy McGrady's Rebirth as Point Guard Helping Revitalize Pistons - Tim Povtak, FanHouse
T-Mac always had the ball in his hands anyway and he has always had good passing ability. This seems like a natural fit, even though he's in the 6'8'' Magic Johnson mold.
FanHouse Q&A With Trevor Ariza on Hornets' Success, Lakers Departure - Sam Amick, FanHouse
I don't really care about the Hornets stuff, Rockets stuff or Lakers crap, but there are some good quotes in there from Ariza about the looming lockout from the player's perspective.
Colangelo move to NYC unlikely - Peter Vecsey, New York Post
If you click through to page two of this article there is some talk about Melo and the Nets.
With Sixers going strong, Iguodala, Brand off the market - Sean Deveney, SportingNews.com
You can forget the Nuggets landing Iggy in a three-team deal. The Eastern conference is so bad, that the 19-25 Sixers are currently sitting in the 7th seed. Sheesh. But, never believe what you read ... the right deal could probably pry Iggy away.
Ex-URI, NBA hoops star investing in medical marijuana - W. Zachary Malinowski, The Providence Journal
If you take a drive down Broadway in Denver you'll know why Cuttino Mobley is investing in this business venture. It's a highly lucrative business ... check out the numbers projected in the article for profit gains over a three-year period. This sure wont help that image issue that David Stern likes to steer away from.
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