ESPN.com’s Marc Stein is reporting that Nugget’s superstar Carmelo Anthony is not on the trading block. At the moment.
According to Stein, several “sources tied to potential Anthony suitors” are reporting that the Nuggets are shutting down any inquiries about Melo right away.
According to our sources, this is the case for a handful of teams, but the Nuggets continue to entertain offers from a select few franchises, with Chicago being the front-runner. The handwriting is on the wall for new VP of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri, who will meet with Anthony in the next week, either in Denver or Los Angeles.
Nuggets brass seem to think that Ujiri can”re-connect” with Anthony on some kind of level, since they both came into the league at the same time and had a cordial acquaintance. That assertion is silly, as big-time NBA career decisions aren’t typically influenced because your homie is the new GM.
Ujiri was never in Anthony’s inner circle, so it’s baffling that the Nuggets have so much confidence in his ability to influence Anthony to stay…….
Where is George Karl and why isn’t he the on having the face-to-face with Melo?
Anthony just recently returned from China filming a movie and was in Los Angeles on Tuesday working out at UCLA. Much has been made about his desire to play in a bigger market, more conducive to his entertainment and business interests. Though a factor, it isn’t the singular reason he wants to leave Denver.
He has all the leverage and could be content on playing out his contract , becoming a free-agent in 2011. The Nuggets would lose Anthony for nothing, so it’s obvious that there is immense pressure on upper management to get something done.
Though “tough-guy” owner Stan Kroenke and Nuggets aren’t forced to do anything with Anthony till the February trade deadline, the sooner they give Anthony what he wants, the faster they can move on as a franchise.
Ujiri’s meeting with Anthony is nothing more than semantics and this won’t be the last that we talk about Carmelo Anthony trade rumors. Stay tuned.