I really hope this isn't the case but am curious to hear what you guys think. Please convince me that I'm taking this too far. Talk me off the ledge.After hearing Mike Francessa last night say what Killah and Andres have been saying all along (that the Nets-Nuggets trade hasn't been consumated because Melo won't sign an extension with us), I'm now officially, certifiably spooked about what might really be going on behind the scenes. Francessa said Melo will only sign an extension with the Knicks, and the only reason Melo has yet to be traded to the Knicks is because the Nuggets don't like the Knicks' assets. As a result, the Knicks are looking to get a third team involved. Anyway, you could reasonably argue, "Nets wouldn't keep pursuing Melo in a trade if they have been told Melo won't sign an extension with them." But what if in fact the Nets have been told Melo won't sign an extension with them. Yet, they continue to pursue Melo or give us fans the impression that they are still in the running for him 1) on the off chance that he might change his mind before the trade deadline or 2) for some other purpose. It's #2 that has got me spooked.
What if the Nets are giving us fans the impression that they are still in the running for Melo purely for image/marketing purposes. That's what scares me -- that this is all a ruse, and the Nets are simply pulling a fast one on us.
Rubbish, you say? Well, consider a precedent. Last year, Blake Griffin went down with a season ending injury in preseason. The Clippers didn't announce Griffin would be out for the season until the last possible moment, IIRC. Why didn't they make the announcement at the start of the season? To keep the fans interested in the team, to avoid discouraging potential season ticket holders, to give their fans a continued sense of hope, maintain their attention, etc. All of these things are image/marketing motivations for not telling fans the whole truth about something the Clippers knew behind the scenes.
Similarly, what if the Nets are doing the same thing to us? That is, simply stringing us along until the trade deadline or the date that Melo is traded elsewhere, when they can then tell us, "Well, we tried our best to get Melo, but it just wasn't meant to be."
I'm kind of in a scary conspiracy theory mood right now and am worried that the Nets might not be telling us the whole truth, everything that they know. Therefore, I need you guys to convince me that I've taken my thinking too far, and this couldn't possibly be the case. Instead, the Nets are an honest and upfront organization and wouldn't commit such a cynical, marketing-related ploy as to take us fans for a ride.
Talk me off the ledge.