Carmelo Anthony: With Trade to New Jersey Nets Dead, What Are Melo's Options?
Carmelo Anthony, as you no doubt have heard by now, is not going to be traded to the New Jersey Nets.
If you haven't, the news came down just a short while ago that the Nets have decided to call off their pursuit of Melo. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said that the entire situation has gotten to be "simply too expensive" and that he has instructed his team to "walk away from the deal."
The news is obviously still quite fresh, and it's probably not a very good idea to start drawing conclusions.
However, now that the one legitimate trade avenue has been closed, it is a pretty good idea to revisit all of Melo's prospects at the moment.
That's where people like SI.com's Ian Thomsen come in handy, as he has given as detailed account of all of Melo's options in the wake of the death of the New Jersey deal.
First and foremost, the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls are still very much in play as potential trade partners. If that doesn't work, things get complicated.
For one, the Nuggets can either choose to deal with the Nets on their terms, which likely means a lower price for Melo, or they can trade him as a rental, and that wouldn't yield much in return either.
The Nuggets could also hold on to Anthony, and make a playoff push. They could then move him during the trade window right that takes place near the NBA Draft.
As far as Melo is concerned, he could surrender by signing the contract extension (three years, $65million) that the team offered him before the start of the season. Or he could walk.
That second option is tricky, as the expiring collective bargaining agreement has put a lot of things up in the air. Thomsen points out that the new era is expected to be one of smaller salaries for fewer years. As such, it would be smarter for Melo to sign the Nuggets' offer while he still has the chance to make some big bucks.
So yeah, it's complicated. So once again, thanks to Thomsen for spelling it all out.
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