Carmelo Anthony, NBA star and three-time All-Star (2007, 2008, and 2010), is learning the hard way that the rest of the NBA thinks he's overrated.
His situation is simple: He doesn't want to play in Denver anymore and his contract expires in one year. The Denver Nuggets don't want to simply let his contract expire and let him leave the team without receiving something in return, so they seek to trade Anthony.
Unfortunately, an acceptable trade hasn't materialized and that's significant. The truth is that no good team is seeking to trade for Anthony and his expiring contract, nor are any "bubble" teams trying to add him to bolster their teams and try to break through to the next level.
Based on this, it's easy to conclude that no NBA executive thinks that a team with Carmelo Anthony as the best player can win a championship, and that's telling. In fact, his former division rival Carlos Boozer, now with the Chicago Bulls, said he didn't want his team to trade Joakim Noah for Carmelo Anthony in either a one-for-one or Noah-plus-others trade.
It's important to read between the lines of not only what does happen in the NBA but also in what doesn't happen.
If Carmelo Anthony wants to be traded and the best offer the fans hear about is a trade to the New Jersey Nets, a team that won only 12 games last year, it's telling.
If potential new teammates don't want him on the team if it means giving up an undersized but energetic center, it's telling.
The Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trailblazers, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and even the Phoenix Suns come to mind as teams that would love to have a small forward who can score reliably every night.
Not one of them is seeking his services.
Not even the Golden State Warriors, who love to run and gun, are willing to part with a good player for him.
It's my hope that Carmelo Anthony wins a championship some day, learns the importance of playing defense, and isn't relegated to the history bin as a player who could score well but never realized his potential like Allen Iverson.
He's a difficult matchup for defenses but his other issues keep cropping up. Anthony was once considered a franchise player and cornerstone for a generation, but is now being viewed as a player better suited a a No. 2 option, or even a No. 3, on a team that is serious about winning a championship.