HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Well, be thankful for the mini-vacation we got from the Carmelo Anthony saga — a little something we like call the “Indecision” here at the hideout — because it is officially over.
The start of a new month brings a new round of speculation about Anthony’s ultimate destination, which centers around the same team it’s always been about: the Knicks!
In the latest version of the ‘Melo-drama, courtesy of ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, ‘Melo would go to the Knicks in a convoluted three-team deal that also involves our favorite front office staff to keep an eye on: David Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The specifics, per Broussard:
In the proposed trade, New York would send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota and the Timberwolves would send Corey Brewer and a first-round pick to Denver. Denver would also receive Wilson Chandler from New York.
A Timberwolves source told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher on Sunday that the team would not approve of a deal where the team received just New York’s Randolph and Curry with Brewer and a first-rounder heading to Denver. While these are the names currently being discussed, additional players could be added to make a deal possible, sources said.
The deal is not expected to happen until the middle of next week at the earliest, and one source said it could drag out until the trade deadline. Denver, which has been exchanging proposals with the Knicks for the past couple weeks, is weighing other options.
With teams aware of Anthony’s desire to play in New York, the Nuggets’ choices are limited. With little chance of signing Anthony long-term, few clubs are willing to send valuable assets to Denver.
Keep in mind that this is only being discussed. And Broussard makes it clear that nothing seems to be imminent. But for the sake of everything that is sacred about this game we all love, we need something to go down on this deal and soon.
The prospect of having to deal with this drama during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles should make your stomach turn. With the Feb. 24 trade deadline just over two weeks away, though, we might not have a choice.
If you’re like us, you’ve grown tired of this stuff. ‘Melo seems destined to play for the Knicks, one way or another. So why can’t the Nuggets get something done?
Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post raises another intriguing point about where this latest round of talks could, to a potential sign-and-trade in the offseason, due to simple economics:
Technically, LeBron James was dealt to the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade. In return, the Cavaliers got two first- round picks to be used between 2013-17, the Heat’s 2012 second-round pick and another future second-round pick. Cleveland also has the right to swap first-round picks with Miami in 2012.
For Chris Bosh, Toronto received two first-round picks — actually getting back one it originally traded to Miami. Both deals created multimillion-dollar trade exceptions for Cleveland and Toronto, which expire in a calendar year — this summer.
For Amar’e Stoudemire, the Suns received a conditional second-round pick from the Knicks and a $16.5 million trade exception.
This is essentially what the Nuggets are staring at, anything from a trade exception all the way up to a few picks plus the exception. At this point, none of that might be too much different from what could be done in these next few weeks. The supply simply will not meet the Nuggets’ demand.
And if it’s basically all the same, the smart play may just be to hold on to Anthony, make a real run in the regular season and playoffs, keep the Pepsi Center crowded, and get what they can for him in a sign-and-trade in the offseason.
Whatever happens, we need for it to happen soon.
Because we don’t want anything spoiling All-Star Weekend!