Rumor: Nuggets demanding five first-round picks from Nets for Anthony?
The Denver Nuggets believe the New Jersey Nets are so desperate to make a deal for Carmelo Anthony that they’re holding firm on a trade demand of five future first-round draft picks as part of a package to land the All-Star forward, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Forgive my Cypress Hill reference, but this was my initial reaction to the Denver Nuggets’ demand of five first round draft picks from the New Jersey Nets for Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony can play. He’s one of the NBA’s best scorers, capable of dropping 30 points without breaking a sweat.
On second thought, perhaps this isn’t so ‘loco’ (another Cypress Hill reference for those counting at home).
This isn’t about basketball. This is about business and branding.
The Nets will soon move from New Jersey to New York. They’ll be going head-to-head against the Knicks, who are enjoying a renaissance behind Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton.
The Nets will need a marketable star –like ‘Melo. His play and panache would give them a presence in the media capital of the world.
And let’s face it: the Nets can’t have Anthony sign with the Knicks as a free agent this summer. This is a possibility and, in the short-term, would turn Mikhail Prokhorov’s squad into the Clippers of New York.
The Nuggets have learned from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, who lost franchise superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh for trade exemptions. And they ‘ain’t going out like that’.