The trade deadline seems a lot closer now that Christmas is over with, and it's clear that something needs to be done with Carmelo Anthony.
The Nuggets have taken a very "wait and see" approach to the situation so far, but that stance has yielded little to no results. I can't blame them for keeping him around a little while to see if they can change his mind. If he reconsidered and signed the extension, the Nugget brass comes out looking like geniuses. The only problem with that, is that Carmelo Anthony is not staying in Denver. Not for anything.
Anthony will be in a new uniform next season, or possibly even this season. The only thing that the Denver Nuggets can do about it, is try to get something in return for their superstar. While the Nuggets still have some breathing room before the February 17 deadline, it would benefit them greatly to start out the new year in grand fashion.
If they are going to trade Melo away, they will need time for their new players to gel before the start of the post season. The best idea for both parties concerned, is to deal Carmelo as soon as humanly possible. Denver is still focusing on the pain it will cause the franchise, while what they need to focus on is letting the healing process begin.