Expect another week of Carmelo Anthony rumors. The latest, which emerged over the weekend, is that the Nuggets prefer to send 'Melo to the Nets, Timberwolves or Kings because those three have the most of what they want in return: young players, draft picks (and rights) and either expiring contracts or a large trade exception.
Of course, the three teams also had the three worst records in the NBA last season, with 12, 15 and 25 wins. That's leading some to suggest the rumor was put out by the Nuggets as a "be careful what you wish for" warning to Anthony. 'Melo of course has his own leverage: he can tell a prospective team he won't sign an extension with them, dramatically reducing his value.
Still, according to (unconfirmed) reports, only one team is on both the Nuggets' list of teams they'd like to deal with and Anthony's list of places he'd be willing to land--and sign that extension. That team is the Nets. In a series of tweets, Al Iannazzone lays out the possibilities, including one that the Nuggets may want to add Kenyon Martin to their side of the deal.
- Anthony joining Nets, Kings, Timberwolves? - Mark J. Miller - Yahoo! Sports
- Nuggets target 3 teams for Anthony trade (Video) - Sean Deveney - Sporting News
A Message To Carmelo? - Bill Ingram - HoopsWorld
- Patience a must in Nets' pursuit of Carmelo Anthony - Greg Hrinya - Examiner
The Gambler - Daniel Leroux - RealGM