Carmelo Anthony Will Be A ________ At The End Of The Season
The roller coaster ride Carmelo Anthony has taken everyone on has been somewhat exhausting. One minute, Carmelo is close to being a New Jersey Net, the next it looks like he’s going to be a New York Knick and then he appears close to becoming a Los Angeles Laker. Just when you thought it couldn’t get more strange, ‘Melo reportedly says he would look into signing a contract extension with the Denver Nuggets.
How all over the place has this Melo-Drama gotten?
But with the trade deadline quickly approaching (Feb. 24th), something has to happen…or maybe nothing will happen at all.
Let’s analyze each possible scenario.
New Jersey Nets: Let’s keep it real, this one is not going to happen. All the time that has been spent just talking about this deal puts us to sleep. The Nets aren’t any good, aren’t going to get any better and ‘Melo doesn’t want to go somewhere that he’s going to have to struggle. The proposed idea of the Nets getting Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton to go along with Anthony was laughable from the start. Hamilton and Billups are simply too old to make a long term investment in. Unless a young star comes along, you can kiss this one goodbye.
Los Angeles Lakers: Okay, this 23rd hour team sounds intriguing, but it just doesn’t sound like a real possibility. The concept of Kobe, ‘Melo and Gasol sounds good in theory, but the Lakers would have to give up the young Andrew Bynum to make it happen. And therein lies the problem, the Lakers would have to give up size and the Nuggets would have to completely give up on winning the Western Conference for the next decade. Nope, we’re not buying it. We all know the Lakers aren’t in that much trouble and will most certainly turn it on come playoff time. Not to mention that the centerpieces of Gasol and Bynum in the playoffs is just too overwhelming for any other team in a seven game series. This deal would only happen if the Lakers truly felt like they had no shot at winning the West with the team they have. Not seeing this one happening.
New York Knicks: This is where ‘Melo wants to play and the youth surrounding the team makes the most sense — even though the Knicks would have to give up some of it to get Anthony. That’s probably why this deal won’t happen. Knowing that Anthony desires to become a Knick is reason enough for the team to holdout until the off-season to scoop him up without losing anything. As long as Anthony keeps telling teams that he won’t sign an extension, the Knicks can rest easy that Anthony will come their way this summer. Makes no sense to rush and get him with the knowledge that they probably don’t have a shot at upending the Celtics, Heat and Magic. Why give up something now when you can give up nothing later?
Denver Nuggets: With Anthony saying that he’ll mull a contract extension, do you really believe that he’ll stay with the Nuggets? More than likely, the answer is yes. Not because he has a future with the Nuggets, but more so because the Nuggets can’t get what they want for him as long as Anthony is the one controlling where he goes. Each and every time a team thinks they have a shot, Anthony will say something through a messenger about not signing an extension. He effectively shoots down the deal and forces the Nuggets into a corner. With the Knicks knowing where Melo stands, they aren’t too pressed to move. And now with Anthony saying he’ll think about a contract extension, he’s basically saying “Why should I go now in exchange for some of the guys I want to play with when I can just go later?” All he’s doing now is playing with Denver’s emotions.
So, to fill in the blank, “Carmelo Anthony Will Be A Denver Nugget At The End Of The Season (and a Knick for the 2011-12 season).”