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Sign-and-trade most likely for Anthony

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07:51 AM ET 08.18 | What is the fate of Carmelo Anthony? The most likely scenario would be a sign-and-trade. Anthony would sign the Nuggets' $65 million offer and then Anthony and his agent, Leon Rose, would work with the Nuggets to find a trading partner. Most teams trading for Anthony won't likely do the deal unless he's already signed to the extension. The Nuggets would also want him signed because it would increase Melo's trade value. Anthony is believed to want to play on the East Coast, where he grew up. His wife yearns for the big-city spotlight, and in all likelihood the Knicks and Nets would be two franchises who would be interested.

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August 18, 2010  08:03 AM ET

Knicks fans seem to think this one is already in the bag, but given their front office I am not so sure...

The tri-state teams have nothing equitable to a top-ten talent. Many other squads do and can offer him a better chance of winning.

As much as I understand that he is only a "rental" and has "value only to New York" - I disagree that Carmelo holds all the cards.

Whatever team he is traded to has the advantage of the upcoming lockout and CBA.

If players are going to get less money and shorter contracts, whatever team trades for him may be his last shot at a max contract.

August 18, 2010  08:07 AM ET

vince carter, rashard lewis and draft pick for melo.... lucky magic!!!

August 18, 2010  08:09 AM ET

houston is prob the best team denver can trade to cause of all the picks and young talent they have they are loaded with young talent i mean come on rockets have 4 first round picks for the next 2 years not including the second round picks they get. its really up to melo tho just hope the rockets are on his list. i can not see them trading melo to the knicks at all they have 0 picks in the next 2 years no real good young talent besides gallo and hes not all the great its best to let him come off the books after next year and try to bring in other free agent. sorry NY but your city isnt the mecca of anything

August 18, 2010  08:09 AM ET

Jenkies?!?!?

August 18, 2010  08:19 AM ET

New Jersey would be a good fit but what would they have to give up to get him? THe Nets are far enough under the cap to absorb Anthony's contract and give small salaries back in return so it just might work out for NY. However I still think there are 5 to 8 teams Melo would gladly play for.

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August 18, 2010  08:33 AM ET
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vince carter, rashard lewis and draft pick for melo.... lucky magic!!!

those salaries don't work out. Both the Magic and Nuggets are over the cap so the deal would have to be for contract matching within 125%. Carter and Lewis make over 30 million a season between the two. Anthony's current salary is about half that.

August 18, 2010  08:35 AM ET
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Nah, same problem as with cp.......the magic will be picking late so the picks aren't valuable and you have no young talent to trade back....your other talent have too many years left.....LOL. ....especially Lewis

what ever team he go's two will have to be decent even after the trade for Anthony to want to go there so picks might not be what Denver will value most.

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August 18, 2010  08:37 AM ET
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I could see NJ as a great fit for him........And if he's part of the first Brooklyn team, he would absolutely OWN NYC ( at least for a while)

How about the Wizards?

August 18, 2010  08:37 AM ET
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He announced yesterday that he will not be signing the extension.

that was yesterday

August 18, 2010  08:39 AM ET

If he signs that contract he'll be stuck in Denver for three years. I hope him and his agent do not get fooled into signing and waiting for Denver's management to act.

August 18, 2010  08:42 AM ET
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If he signs that contract he'll be stuck in Denver for three years. I hope him and his agent do not get fooled into signing and waiting for Denver's management to act.

I doubt he would sign it until the deal was worked out. Plus this will give Denver better leverage in trade talks. It works best for everyone.

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August 18, 2010  08:49 AM ET

well i think he should stay.. denver should trade jr smith and kenyon martin... that might help melo stay

August 18, 2010  08:50 AM ET
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well i think he should stay.. denver should trade jr smith and kenyon martin... that might help melo stay

don't hold your breath

 
August 18, 2010  08:53 AM ET

Hello ... i am the new russian owner of the Nets ... here is a bag of money ... Melo plays for me now.

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