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Antonio McDyess was one of the most explosive players to ever play for the Denver Nuggets.
After playing his first two seasons with Denver, McDyess was traded to Phoenix for the 1997-98 season, who then entered free agency.
Then the craziness started. According to Sports Illustrated, McDyess was ready to sign with the Nuggets, but cancelled the press conference when he learned LaPhonso Ellis wouldn't be playing beside him.
Several members of the Suns flew to Denver to talk to McDyess about staying in Phoenix at a Colorado Avalanche game. However, Nuggets general manager Dan Issel kept McDyess inside the arena until members of the Nuggets arrived while instructing the security guards to keep the Phoenix players from interfering.
The Nuggets convinced McDyess to re-sign with the Nuggets, despite that the Suns could offer him at least $20 million more, according to the Sports Illustrated article.
Issel's aggressive tactics paid off as McDyess had his best season the following year. His career highs in the 1998-99 season included 38.7 minutes, 21.2 points, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals. McDyess also grabbed 10.7 boards that year.
Denver's quiet, but passionate star kept shining as McDyess was part of the U.S. Olympic gold-medal team in 2000.
Unfortunately for McDyess and the Nuggets, he suffered a knee injury during the 2001-02 season that sidelined him for the rest of the year and the 2002-03 season. McDyess' days in Denver were over and the Nuggets traded McDyess for Camby before becoming a lottery team in 2003, where they selected Carmelo with the No. 3 pick.
McDyess continued his NBA career with four other franchises, but never provided the same impact as he did with the Nuggets.