Posts Tagged ‘Carmleo Anthony’

Bulls might face summer of 2010 again with LeBron James’ opt-out

CHICAGO – Oh, goody, the Chicago Bulls will get to miss out on LeBron James again.

If the news about James opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat did nothing else Tuesday, it shoved Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love aside however temporarily as offseason objects of desire for Bulls fans and, more so, Chicago sports-talk radio.

Unfortunately, if you allow for some fill-in-the-blank action or lawyerly redaction, this is 2010 all over again.

You remember 2010, right? That’s the offseason in which the Bulls went shopping in FreeAgentpalooza for a franchise sidekick to Derrick Rose and only came home with a Carlos Boozer “Holdat!” T-shirt. Chicago’s front-office traveling party called on James in his downtown Cleveland office suite like all those other suitors, to no avail. They courted native son Dwyane Wade, coveted Joe Johnson, might have been happy with Chris Bosh – and wound up with Boozer, who for four years has been exactly the player he was before, except at a heftier price tag because of 2010’s supply-and-demand tilt.

So here the Bulls are again, interested in and allegedly interesting to all the big names, potentially being fitted for their fourth or fifth choice. Like that zany Dunkin’ Donuts race they run on the videoboard at United Center each game, Biggie Bagel (James), Dashing Donut (Anthony) and Cuppy Coffee (Love) all might hold the lead briefly in their run to Rose, coach Tom Thibodeau and the madhouse on Madison Street. But the winner, just as it was four years ago in relative terms, might again be:

Donut Hole.

Or Arron Afflalo, Nikola Mirotic and some bench depth.

Let’s take these one at a time: (more…)

Still Chasing ‘Melo

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — And you thought we were crazy for carrying on about Carmelo Anthony on Episode 26 of the Hang Time Podcast with Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Marc J. Spears.

We are certainly not crazy.

Despite the relative silence on the topic in Denver, Anthony’s name remains the hottest thing going in the Tri-State area (both the New Jersey Nets and the New York Knicks believe they have a shot to land him).

We understand that you’ve heard all this before about the Nets and Knicks — Free Agent Summer 2010LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, etc. — and their supposed pursuit of a big fish or two to swim in the water surrounding those areas.

Seriously, every little move being made by the Nets and Knicks these days is interpreted as a means to acquiring Anthony, who has done his best to stay mum on his future since training camp began.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, two of the most well-respected writers in the business, have made it clear that their sources indicate neither the Nuggets nor the Nets have given up hope on something being worked out in the future.

— Mike D’Antoni‘s 11-man rotation in New York? According to Marc Berman of the New York post it’s all about showcasing young talent for a potential deal for Anthony:

D’Antoni first mentioned the 11-man concept in Milan. And as he left Paris, it’s still in play. D’Antoni said he wants to press and run so fiercely, he needs bodies. The skeptical view is no eight-man unit has stood out, and they are showcasing guys for a Carmelo Anthony trade.

“We can play a lot of guys,” D’Antoni said. “We’re going to have to press, run and use more guys this year because they can obviously play.”

None of this news shifts the focus in Denver, of course, where the main issue remains Anthony’s desire to either remain with the franchise that drafted him or move on. There has been no definitive public statement touching that topic from Anthony or anyone associated with him.

But while we’ve been down on the Nuggets here at the hideout (nothing malicious, mind you, we just feel like they as presently constituted they do not strike us as a contender in the Western Conference anymore), there remains cautious optimism surrounding this team in Colorado.

And the caution and optimism all hinges on the same thing, Anthony. Denver post columnist Woody Paige describes it here a recent passage from his mailbag:
I went to the intrasquad game in Broomfield the other night  and was very impressed. I told Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke, the new kingpins of the Nuggets, “You take this team and add K-Mart and Birdman, and you’re better than you were two years ago. But you’ve got to have that guy sitting over there.” 

That guy was No. 15, Melo. J.R. Smith, Ty Lawson, Al Harrington and Chris Andersen coming off the bench are stronger than an on-time rent check. Talk about energy, offense and a new, improved Lawson. I talked to both Andersen and Martin. They’re both antsy, but are doing the right thing. The Nuggets need them after Christmas, down the stretch and in the playoffs, not now, not at the beginning of the season …

George Karl is slimmer and healthier looking. He has been playing golf with his son. Carmelo and I talked briefly. He is handling all of this very well. Here’s what I get: He’d be happy to play for the Nuggets this season, despite all the talk, and the longer he spends with these players, the more he is convinced they have a chance to be very good once the full roster is available. The more he hears about a hard salary cap possibility, the more likely he will sign the extension.

The Nuggets have backed off all trade talks and are hoping he’ll sign. That deal with the Nets will be there next week, next month, in February, no matter what you might read. So if all fails, the Nuggets have that trade as a backup plan.

Harrington is going to be a big-time scorer on this team early in the season. Nene looks good. And Gary Forbes, the invitee, will make this team. Lawson will take another big step. And J.R. is J.R. But we have to see how the Melo thing plays out.

Don’t we all!

Rocky Mountain Ridiculousness

Posted by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — First it was Carmelo Anthony who was reported to be available if an extension couldn’t be struck this summer.

Just so we are clear about this one, the Denver Nuggets want to “upgrade their aging and fragile” frontcourt by trading for a younger but equally fragile Andris Biedrins?

Free agency makes teams do crazy things. We get that.

But Biedrins, a fine player by most any standard, has played a full 82 games just once in his six-year NBA career.

Everyone in Denver needs to calm down and take a deep breath before someone does  something ridiculous for no reason.