Carmelo Anthony has not tried very hard to hide his cards, even as he pretends not to show his hand.
It's not as if anyone else has been able to keep a secret, either.
Obviously, you all know by now that the New Jersey Nets have remained on the hunt for Anthony, pursuing yet another potential mega-deal with the Nuggets and Detroit Pistons, now hinging on Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, and Richard Hamilton.
Of course, you also then know that Carmelo has not so sneakily made it known that he prefers New York, thereby leaving the Knicks with whatever combination of Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Tony Douglas, and Eddy Curry the Nuggets would be forced to settle for.
Just like Carmelo, you also know that this dream has a ticking clock.
Carmelo could easily just continue to wait and walk away from Denver at the end of the season, but thereby risks losing out on whatever millions a new collective bargaining agreement will vaporize.
He's claimed this is about wins, but it strangely sounds more about fame.
What you may not have had time to ponder, (where, sadly I have), is the fact that neither the new versions of Jersey nor York are really Carmelo's best potential destination.
Instead, if he's interested in foregoing the temporary fame of putting up his usual numbers for also-rans, maybe he could ponder the eternal notoriety that comes from winning a title with one of these alternatives.
From the Nuggets' perspective, they've been held by this Vince Carter-like performance (or lack thereof) for long enough. They've got to make a move now and either get back in Playoff contention, or start the rebuilding process immediately.
What if they could do both?
Here are a couple of "outside the box" ideas for both Carmelo's legacy and the Nuggets' sanity: