Seriously, the Nuggets would have no shot at signing Howard without Carmelo Anthony, and a slim shot even with Melo here. Let's face it, Denver just isn't an attractive market for NBA players. It's a weird anomaly because the Broncos (until Josh McDaniels did his best to destroy the legacy) were considered to be a model NFL franchise up until two years ago. That is not because players were "forced" to sign in Denver because of some archaic pay structure that Stan Kroenke envisions for the NBA. Free agents wanted to come to Denver because it was just a well run organization at the time.
Maybe the Nuggets have missed the point. The Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, even the Dallas Mavericks are all considered to be well run organizations with clear power structures. Granted, all but one are in major markets, but look at the New York Knicks. They have struggled for years to lure free agents to the Garden because they were so poorly run (Donnie Walsh has gone a long way to fix that) and they are in the number one market in the U.S.
Melo is walking out that door regardless. Maybe after he's gone the Nuggets and Stan Kroenke can look at themselves and fix the perception they are weak, chaotic and incompetent. Until the Nuggets tend to their own house, they can't even think about luring free agents. Period.
Anthony's 50 points not enough in Nuggets' loss to Rockets - Chris Dempsey, Denver Post
For those who can't get enough recap, here is Chris Dempsey's wrap up of the Nuggets disappointing loss to the Houston Rockets
Carmelo Anthony Scores 50 as Trade Rumors Persist - Chris Tomasson, Fanhouse
Great article by Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson about the game last night and the rumors surrounding the proposed "trade".
Nuggets J.R. Smith takes $25,000 fine in stride - Chris Dempsey, Denver Post
Chris Dempsey blog post about J.R. Smith's take on the his $25,000 fine for a flagrant 2 foul on Raja Bell.
New Names in Nuggets/Knicks/Wolves proposal - Ben Golliver, CBSsports.com
Ben Golliver at CBS talks about a new names in the Melo trade proposal. Salary dump? Yep.
Deal for Anthony seems too sweet for Knicks - Howard Beck, New York Times
A New York Times article says what we at Denver Stiffs have been saying. Deal is great for the Knicks, not so great for the Nuggets.
Arenas firing blanks for Magic - Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Adrian Wojnarowski takes a break from taking dictation for Billy King to opine about the state of Gilbert Arenas and Dwight Howard in Orlando.
Magic's troubling questions surround futures of Howard, Arenas - Ken Berger, CBSsports.com
Ken Berger speculates about the future of Dwight Howard in Orlando.
Have a great morning everyone!