The Nuggets announced Monday that they would not be trading the face of the franchise—the one and only Carmelo Anthony.
A high-ranking Denver official told ESPN's Chris Broussard Monday, “There is no way we are trading Carmelo Anthony. We’re 100 percent certain of that.”
For any Nuggets fan, whether it be a Denver diehard, or a Melo-era baby blue backer—this is settling news after the rumors that started to swirl that Anthony would be traded away if he didn’t sign the three-year $65 Million contract extension.
ESPN broke the news as if it were from an official of the Nuggets, but it was merely the opinion of the Denver Post’s Mark Kizla. (1)
Now that it’s definite that he will be in Denver through at least 2011 (when he can opt out of his current deal), Melo needs some pieces to be placed around him.
Melo said Monday that he is very serious about accepting the team’s contract extension, but he is still waiting to hear about the Nuggets’ attempt to improve the frontcourt, according to a league source. (2)
And including that most glaring weakness, the Nuggets have a lot to do as a franchise to not only ensure he decides to stay with the franchise, but to also build around the star and towards Denver’s first NBA title in a history that dates back nearly 35 years.
Most of the moves on this list are common sense and some are arguable. But there’s no doubting that the Nuggets must work to make Anthony satisfied and work toward that ultimate goal.