People routinely voice their opinions on what they think will happen, but how about what you WANT to happen.
Based on what I've read (and I've been following this closely like most Nets fans have) is that Melo wants to get his money, and go to his top choice, the Knicks. Why should Denver give him anything he wants, nevertheless, everything? He's already snubbed them! The Knicks know he wants to go there as a FA, and that it will cost them less that way, so they offer nothing. Denver was ridiculous when dealing with NJ with its demands and messed with many people's careers (most notably Rip and Murphy) by toying with us, so they don't deserve max return either IMO.
So I hope that Denver trades Melo to somewhere he doesn't want to go for little more than expiring contracts, and that he doesn't get his bonus money. I can go further and hope that he signs the extension with anyone but the Knicks (his first choice) or realizes that the Knicks don't even really want him (they'd rather take a swing at the 2012 FAs) and signs elsewhere.
I know I come off as a Knicks hater, but I'm just really tired of stars getting EVERYTHING they want, and I also want to see Denver settle for next to nothing b/c they made a huge mess of things. Just like when in 2000, A Rod got his ridiculous money to play for a team that wasn't very good, just to complain about the team, and get traded to the Yankees, and got to keep his crazy money.
Afterall, Chandler has injury concerns and he's an expiring contract, AND the NYK would have to wave him to sign Melo anyway. So offering him is just offering something they would lose anyway. And take a look at Shawn Marion, and Boris Diaw, and Raja Bell, and Q Rich, and many others that left Phoenix. They were very good there, if not great, with great numbers under D'Antoni. And they were all mediocre with their new teams. That's what Chandler, Fields, Gallo, and Felton all are. Can anyone who doesn't think so really tell me that Williams is REALLY the best 3pt shooter in the NBA?
Really though, am I alone here? I would love to know what everyone else wants to see as a resolution to this debacle.