In the history of major trades in professional sports, the deal surrounding Carmelo Anthony is unprecedented it is unprofessionalism. Now that Anthony has been getting booed in Denver (what took ‘em so long?), the Nuggets have told the New Jersey Nets to quiet the public trade talk. But even that request was supposed to be private and yet, here it is in this blog and all across the Internet.
The Nuggets are clearly unhappy with all of the media attention that the trade talk has generated. As a result, the team has reportedly gone so far as to tell the Nets that they would deal Anthony to the New York Knicks if New Jersey continued to leak information on trade talks. Again, how do you think that tidbit of information got out? The Nets are either incredibly hubristic, or, since they’ve never actually been involved in a trade of this magnitude, they are clueless as to how to handle it in a professional manner.
Either way, they still seem to be the No. 1 contenders in the Carmelo sweepstakes. As it stands now, New Jersey believes they will receive Anthony, Chauncey Cillups and Richard Hamilton from Detroit. Denver would land two future first-round picks and six players––Nets rookie power forward Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and Anthony Morrow, with the threesome of Quinton Ross, Ben Uzoh and Stephen Graham included for salary-cap purposes. Detroit, meanwhile, would get Nets big man Johan Petro and the expiring contract of forward Troy Murphy.
Billups, a Denver native, has also been frusturated by the messy trade talk. He has indicated that he’d like to have his contract bought out if he’s dealt to New Jersey. And with all of this going on, the Nuggets, who have lost three straight, still have to show up and play each night.
A deal will get done. But will anyone be smiling after they sign on the dotted line?