The Carmelo Anthony saga continues.
Even with the framework for a blockbuster 15-player deal involving the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons all but finalized, nothing appears imminent. Anthony still apparently wants to play for the New York Knicks and won't agree to a contract extension with the Nets. So unless that changes, the deal might as well be dead.
But that doesn't mean the Nuggets will hold on to their superstar. Denver's not good enough to contend this year, even with Anthony on their roster, and it makes no sense to keep him if he's determined to go to New York.
The Knicks, meanwhile, have no reason to trade for Anthony right now and sacrifice team assets (like Eddy Curry's expiring contract) when they know he'll sign there as a free agent anyway, as explained here.
But Anthony does still have value as a trade chip, if only as a two-month rental for a team that wants to make a championship run. There are several teams that could use an unstoppable scorer in their lineup, and the Nuggets would be able to get at least something in return for their franchise player.
So here are five trades involving Carmelo that would make sense for Denver.
All of these have been confirmed by ESPN.com's Trade Machine.