Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Continuing Saga of Carmelo Anthony

Ladies and Gentlemen, Carmelo Anthony will be traded to…
The Knicks!
No… the Lakers!
Actually, the Nets!
I’m sure you must be just as confused as me in regard to where the 3rd pick in the 2003 NBA Draft will call his new home. Many times in these past few years, we’ve seen all-star players leaving a franchise they’ve been with for their entire careers, to seek a championship ring. Kevin Garnett did it with Boston. After four chances at an NBA title in Orlando, Shaquille O’Neal decided to go to the Los Angeles Lakers in search of a championship in 1996. More recently as you must know, Lebron James and Chris Bosh joined forces with Dwayne Wade in Miami.
The situation the Denver Nuggets are in right now is a bit different than previous cases. If they do not trade Anthony, he will inevitably leave at the end of the season and the Nuggets will receive nothing in return. Therefore, they are willing to trade him, but Anthony’s contract states that he has to approve of any trade, and he is picky about which teams he’ll play for.

Like any player whose accomplishments include an NCAA Tournament Championship and MVP, All-NBA and All-Rookie teams, numerous NBA All-Star appearances, and Olympic Bronze and Gold medals, there is only one more major achievement for Carmelo Anthony to reach; an NBA World Championship Title. After seven unsuccessful years in Denver where he came up short, he wants a change of scenery and the possibility to reach immortality.
As the trade deadline rapidly approaches (9 days and counting), expect the Nuggets to increase their search for the best possible trade offers. With a player of Anthony’s caliber, they want good, young players with the potential to build their organization back to championship quality. So keep your eyes and ears open this week for any last minute decisions regarding Carmelo Anthony’s future. The Denver Nuggets will most likely end up with the better half of the deal (players that truly want to play for your franchise and a less demanding financial situation). However, if they don’t follow through we’ll see Carmelo Anthony taking his pick of teams come free agency time and getting as much money as he deems necessary.

Written by Hayley Zedeck 

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