Posted by Matt Moore
Guess who's back, back again. Carmelo Anthony rumors are back, tell a friend. Who probably already has stopped caring. Oh, I busted the rhyme. Oh, well. Life goes on. Here's the latest word on the Carmelo Anthony rumors as we enter day 7,000 of MeloDrama Watch.
- Sports Illustrated and the Houston Chronicle report that the Rockets have very quietly slipped in the back door while the Nets remain flabbergasted with Denver's seemingly moving target of required assets. Both reports state that the Rockets are "not close" to a deal, but hoping that thing stagnate with the Nets, opening the door for the Rockets to make a move before the deadline.
- Yahoo! Sports on the other hand is reporting that the Nuggets have "threatened" the Nets with trading Melo to the Knicks, deliberately to spite the Nets if talks of the deal being worked on don't go quiet to the public.
Let's begin with the threat, since it may be the most ridiculous development mentioned in this entire ordeal, and bear in mind that means it's more ridiculous than Johan Petro being the linchpin in a three-team deal involving as many as 15 players at once.
In this scenario, the Nuggets are threatening a team with taking less assets in order to trade their star player to an already-playoff team in the hopes of angering their current trade partner who they have already jerked around for several months. It's either an empty threat or an immature, pointless move. If it's the former, it's a transparent one as well. If it's the latter, it's yet another indication that Masai Ujiri may be in over his head. Ujiri has garnered acclaim for constantly working to squeeze the most out of this situation. But if he's really threatening other teams with trading with their rival, that's a pretty drama-queen move.
Worse still, it moves the Nuggets no closer to resolution, and that's something they need to go ahead and do. The rumors have gotten so loud they've hit distraction level. They were just your usual stressor for the team for a while, but now they're a legitimate distraction and it's time to get it done.
As for the Rockets, their name always pops up whenever trade rumors are discussed. Yet for all the assets the Rockets have, they've been unable to make a major move, outside of acquiring Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams. They have two first round picks in 2012, but can't get in on any of the relevant discussions at an advanced stage. Furthermore, had Melo been interested in playing in Houston, that information would have been made available well before now. So while it's probably true that the Rockets have voiced their interest, their odds have to be considered abysmal at completing a deal.
(For a blow-by-blow of the latest talks between the Nets and Nuggets, read Ken Berger's latest here.)