How is it that Carmelo Anthony still hasn’t moved yet?
This has been a leading story in the NBA for the past month or so, but near misses and constant rumors have removed some of the luster from this saga.
Don’t look now, but this story is primed to become headline material once again.
February 24th marks the NBA trade deadline.
Unless the Denver Nuggets truly believe that Carmelo will re-sign (or that they’re best served by simply letting him walk as an expiring contract), they are going to be pushing hard to get something done.
The longer they wait, the worse their leverage becomes, and the lower Carmelo’s price falls.
Despite the fact that Carmelo's agent is still threatening that Anthony will not sign with anyone but New York, it would still behoove nearly any team to inquire at this point.
What is just posturing and what is reality?
Well, the saying goes that you "miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
Yes, Carmelo would likely be a rental for many teams in the league. Yet, you never know, he just might find that his new digs end up being better than New York.
Like most other NBA writers in the universe, I have already written about Carmelo’s trade prospects (found here).
With the deadline approaching, I want to follow this story from a slightly different angle: Let’s stop over-analyzing what the consensus front runners (New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles Clippers/Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks) could do.
Instead, let’s look at 10 potential dark-horse deals that could force Denver into second thoughts and sleepless night (this time, in a good way).
Mind you, these deals are purely speculation at this point. However, any of these could plausibly catch Denver’s ear and start legitimate conversation.