After reports surfaced that the Denver Nuggets, the Detroit Pistons and the New Jersey Jets were on the verge of consummating a 13-player deal that would have sent Nuggets small forward Carmelo Anthony, point guard Chauncey Billups and Pistons shooting guard Richard Hamilton to New Jersey, a new twist developed in the ongoing Car-Melodrama.
According to Yahoo.com, the Nuggets organization delivered a warning to the Nets by threatening to trade Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks if the trade discussions remain subject to public consumption.
The proposed trade would send Anthony, Hamilton, Billups, Nuggets guard Anthony Carter and forward Shelden Williams to the Nets.
In turn, the Nuggets would receive two first-round draft picks from the Nets, All-Star point guard Devin Harris, rookie power forward Derrick Favors, shooting guard Anthony Morrow, guard Ben Uzoh and small forwards Stephen Graham and Quinton Ross.
Meanwhile, the Pistons would add Nets power forward Troy Murphy and center Johan Petro to their roster.
Did the Nuggets really expect the details of this blockbuster trade to be kept quiet?
If this is indeed the case, not only were their expectations unrealistic, but their threat to trade Anthony to the Knicks is blatantly immature, sophomoric and a bluff the Nets should call to remind Denver of an extremely harsh reality.
In no uncertain terms, Anthony, a three-time All-Star, has made it abundantly clear he would prefer to take his talents to New York.
Therefore, the Knicks, or any other NBA team for that matter, are under no obligation to lend the Nuggets a helping hand by compensating them for the loss of their franchise player.
And if the Nuggets did make an overture to New York in an attempt to make good on their threat, it would be prudent of Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh to immediately take Landry Fields, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler off the table.
Within the next two seasons, Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford, Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler, Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilario, Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman, Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez, New Orleans Hornets power forward David West, Orlando Magic shooting guard Jason Richardson, power forward Brandon Bass and center Dwight Howard are on track to become free agents.
So although Carmelo Anthony remains the Knicks’ primary target, they’re no longer the desperate franchise they once were before the signings of Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire.
This much is also clear, the Knicks, one of the NBA’s marquee franchises, aren’t a bargaining chip for the Denver Nuggets.