Trade Deadline Nears: What It Means for the Knicks, Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony

January 31st, 2011 by John Montegomery Leave a reply »
The trade deadline is now less than a month away. Months and months of speculation have led to this point. Every week has brought new rumors, with Carmelo to the Nets being the lead story throughout the season.

The only thing we know for sure is that Carmelo is not re-signing with the Nuggets. This is likely common sense by now, but it needs to be said. Thus his tenure with the Nuggets will end within the coming months.

The Denver Nuggets are now in a very tough position. Their options are numerous.

The Nuggets can hold on to Carmelo. This will forgo any picks/players that they could receive from a team. At the same time, however, it allows them to make their last triumphant push through the playoffs to see what they can muster. This isn't a terrible option, but it does leave them shorthanded in what they could have received from an interested team.

This option, at the very least, will ensure decent playoff odds; certainly better than they would do if Carmelo was traded.

Another option is to offer him as a rental. This likely yields less players/picks than a complete trade as he won't sign an extension in this scenario. Bu ...

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