Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors have been hot before, but never like this.
As of this posting, the rumored superdeal that would've sent Anthony to the Nets is now at least on hold, according to Anthony. Whatever the case, there have been a lot of twists and turns surrounding this proposed deal involving the Nuggets, Nets and Pistons, all of them playing out in a very public way.
It seems to be taking a toll on the Nuggets as well, who have lost three straight.
So with that in mind, here are some big questions surrounding the Carmelo Anthony trade.
We all know now that the Nuggets are at least threatening to deal him to the New York Knicks. But it's been well established that Denver really doesn't like anything the Knicks can offer and are really just using the Knicks as leverage. There really hasn't been any other teams that have come forward recently, so it seems like it's either Nets or bust. Whether that will change is still left to be seen.
For seven years, Anthony has been the face of the Nuggets and perhaps the biggest star in Denver. If he leaves, especially like this, one has to wonder how that will affect the fan base. We've seen at least with the Avalanche that after stars left or retired, the fans have been slow to come back at least attendance-wise. The Nuggets would take a big hit. How big is still unknown.
Denver is doing the right thing in trying to ship Anthony off and getting something for him. However, the threats and the way the management is handling the negotiations in this trade can't be leaving a great impression with owners and executives around the league. If Denver can make the deal, it will be great for them and a big victory. But at what price?
If you believe Yahoo!'s report, then the Nuggets made the threat about the Knicks because they felt the Nets were leaking information. Then again, the Nuggets have been all over the map when it comes to what they want. They're getting a pretty good deal out of this, and you'd wonder if all this public bickering might eventually kill a trade.
The Pistons are in this really to just dump salary. Detroit would be getting Troy Murphy and the all-powerful expiring contract and center Johan Petro. There are reports that the Pistons would even move Petro to clear more room. Of course, the Pistons are important in all of this as a salary dump. And if they were to back out, then it could destroy the deal.
The trade situation between Denver and New Jersey have already been murky, at best. Now the next curve in the whole proceedings came when the Nuggets decided to try and have New Jersey take Harrington's four-year contract as well. As expected, the Nets declined, according to ESPN, and now the Nuggets are looking for another deal to move Harrington. If that's the case, then could the inability to move Harrington kill the deal?
If you read all the reports out there, it seems like Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, is calling a lot of the shots as to which players get moved. He's the one who, according to Yahoo!, wants to pair Anthony with Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton. Letting an agent call the shots like that is dangerous, and perhaps might be a reason why the Nuggets decided to change things up.
Chauncey Billups is a Denver guy; born and raised in the area. He's played some of his best basketball as a Nugget. So when Billups was put into the deal, it apparently had a big effect on him. He has reportedly asked for a buyout if he is traded to the Nets. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Nets will pay him the full contract, but it's obvious he'd prefer to stay.
For the Nets, there would be nothing worse than for Denver to trade Anthony to the rival Knicks. New York is already enjoying a renaissance this season while the Nets continue to hold in limbo. The Nuggets have reportedly told the Nets they will do that if talks don't become more private, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnaroski. Wojnaroski wrote that the Nuggets don't have interest in trading Anthony to New York, but added this:
"Nothing else the Nuggets could’ve said would send such chills of unease through the Nets, and that’s why Denver made the threat, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Would the Nuggets do such a thing out of spite? Would they take a lesser package out of vengeance? No one could be sure, but it sure delivered one more element of drama and intrigue to these trade talks."
The whole deal is dependent on Anthony signing a 3-year, $65 million dollar extension to make the trade happen. According to Yahoo! and the AP, Anthony isn't sure if he will sign the extension anymore.
“That’s my feeling. I don’t think so," Anthony told the media. "I don’t want to elaborate on that anymore. That’s just my own personal feeling,”
If Anthony doesn't sign the deal, will he be able to dictate where he goes in a possible trade? Or will he just decide to wait and see what he can get in free agency?