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Monday , Nov , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Orlando Magic still interested in Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul?

The Magic are still open to making trades, reports Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.

Schmitz writes that the Magic still like both Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony -- they are partial to Paul -- and they'll trade anyone but Dwight Howard for either All-Star.


HoopsVibe News: One step back. Two steps forward.

Translation: the Orlando Magic is prepared for short-term struggles if it leads to long-term success, especially if that long-term success includes Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul.

Magic GM Otis Smith realizes his current squad lacks the horses to beat the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, or even the revamped San Antonio Spurs in a seven-game series.

He needs another superstar. Dwight Howard aside, Smith will move anybody on his roster for Anthony or Paul. 

Trades mean transition. Players need to adjust. Coaches must alter game plans. Roles must be redefined. And chemistry must develop.

Smith would accept these temporary stumbles because Howard with Anthony or Paul would supposedly give the Magic a better chance at a championship than the status quo.

Of course, there are complications. Anthony seems destined to suit up for the New York Knicks, while Paul appears to have reconciled with the New Orleans Hornets.

However, give the Magic credit. It’s championship or broke for Smith and Howard.

Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony calls Prokhorov, Jay-Z, and Brooklyn Nets ‘interesting’

“Prokhorov is interesting, Jay-Z is interesting, the future of that organization is interesting,” Anthony said. “They’re moving to Brooklyn is interesting. There’s a lot there.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I get the sense Carmelo Anthony is enjoying his moment in the sun.

For months, the spotlight has been on Anthony, his pending free agency, and where he’ll end up. The glare of that spotlight doesn’t affect him. In fact, it pleases him.

So Anthony tossed fuel on the New Jersey Nets fire, telling the Bergeron Record he finds the club’s owners, organization, and Brooklyn ‘interesting’.

Well, the feeling is mutual.

New Jersey has interest in Anthony. He’s a natural scorer. And his star power would help overshadow the Knicks when the team eventually crosses the river into Brooklyn.

However, Anthony won’t come cheap. The Denver Nuggets want Brook Lopez or Derrick Favors in a package that will include expiring contracts and draft picks.

Interest may not be enough to complete a trade. The speculation will continue, which means additional headlines and press for Anthony.

Something tells me he won’t have a problem with this. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Timberwolves to make ‘serious run’ at Carmelo Anthony?

If disenchanted Carmelo Anthony is still with the Denver Nuggets at trade time in February, look for the Timberwolves to make a serious run at him.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Delusional, crazy, and silly.

This is the only way to describe a reporter’s assertion that the Minnesota Timberwolves will, or should, chase Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony won’t ink an extension with Denver because they lack a co-superstar, play in a small market, and are thousands of miles from his home out east.

Consider the state of the Timberwolves: despite having young pieces, they lack a bonafide co-superstar; ‘The Frozen Tundra of Sota’ is the league’s version of Siberia; and Minnesota is far, far away from Anthony’s base of New York.

Of course, the Timberwolves can make a ‘run’ for the forward. They can even acquire him. However, they have zero chance at getting Anthony’s signature on a long-term extension.

So why bother? Think of the optics.

Suppose the Wolves pull off the impossible and land Anthony. They’d have to give the Nuggets young players, expiring contracts, and draft picks.

Come July 1st, Anthony walks as a free agent. In fact, he sprints away from Executive David Kahn and the Timberwolves.  

The forward will take less money to sign with the New York Knicks. Perhaps he’ll do the same for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, especially if it means ditching Minnesota.

The Timberwolves would then have nothing to show for this sad saga –nothing except the shame of losing a superstar. Their have-not status would again be clear for all to see.

Like I said, it’s delusional, crazy, and silly. Here’s hoping the Timberwolves invest their time in more worthwhile pursuits.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Nov , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Wolves won’t trade Rubio to Knicks?

But multiple sources within the Timberwolves organization guaranteed Rubio will start his career with the club, not as a Knick. Minnesota brass is convinced that Rubio will play for the club next season, when his Barcelona buyout falls to $1 million. 

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: When it rains, it pours.

For the past decade, a torrential storm has plagued the New York Knicks and Madison Square Gardens. The showers don’t seem to be easing.

Instead of signing a game-changing free agent last summer, the classic franchise overpaid the very good but hardly great Amar’e Stoudemire. The results have been mixed.

So far, it seems the Knicks lack the assets to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets, while Chris Paul has apparently reconciled with the New Orleans Hornets.

Scratch Anthony and Paul off The Big Apple saviour list.

Now this: Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio will reportedly start his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not the Knicks.

Knick-nation had prophesized that Rubio would find his way east and run the point in Mike D’Antoni’s ‘Seven Seconds Or Less’ system.

No dice. Word is the Wolves won’t trade the shaggy-haired table-setter and want him managing their offensive sets for October 2011.

Executive Donnie Walsh and Coach D’Antoni have no choice but to move to the next option. All the while, the rain keeps falling over MSG and the Knicks.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Nov , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Did Paul toast playing with Anthony and Stoudemire in New York?

Carmelo Anthony has confirmed a New York Post report that Hornets point guard Chris Paul made a champagne toast at the Denver forward's wedding in July that called for himself, Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire to team up with the Knicks.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Remember the context before crucifying Chris Paul.

Paul was at the wedding of friend and fellow superstar Carmelo Anthony. Paul may have had a ‘pop’ or two. Paul was probably emotional. And Paul’s status with the New Orleans Hornets was up in the air.

So he made a toast about joining forces with Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire in New York.

Paul’s toast is not the issue. Anthony’s loose lips are.

After a pair of tough seasons, Paul has led his Hornets to a league-best 7-0 record. He has bought into rookie Coach Monty Williams’ defensive system and doesn’t need a friend creating distractions.

When asked about the toast, Anthony should’ve bit his tongue. Or, he should have told reporters to talk to Paul. By confirming the toast, Anthony threw Paul, his friend, under the bus.

Perhaps Paul should keep this in mind when deciding whether to team up with Anthony in New York.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Oct , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Spike Lee: ‘Carmelo Anthony will be with the Knicks’

Acclaimed director and longtime Knicks fan Spike Lee is certain that Carmelo Anthony will play for his team in the near future.

"I have just one sentence for you," Lee told The New York Post on Saturday night. "Carmelo Anthony will be with the Knicks if God is willing and the creek don't rise."


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call:
Spike Lee’s comments made it official.

Every man, woman, child, dog, cat, goldfish and gerbil has now weighed in on the Carmelo Anthony to New York rumors.

In fact, in case you missed it:

1) The Pope cut short his weekly address to followers at the Vatican because he was upset the Knicks were willing to sacrifice Wilson Chandler to get ‘Melo.
The Pope apparently likes Chandler’s upside.

2) Nelson Mandela, the dedicated humanitarian, stopped his latest charitable endeavours in South Africa to examine if Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire can co-exist with the Knicks.

3) Democrats and Republicans halted their campaigns for Tuesday’s Mid-Term Elections. Even with a floundering tattered economy and war in Afghanistan, both political parties felt it pertinent to spend several days discussing the national emergency known as the Anthony trade rumors.

Expect a congressional hearing –and soon.

Jokes and hyperbole aside, this is getting ridiculous. Despite his comments, Anthony won’t re-sign with Denver. One way or another, he’ll end up in New York.

The Nuggets, Knicks, and Anthony’s people should lock themselves in a room and make it happen. Enough is enough.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Oct , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony on trade rumors: ‘I have no worries, man. Life is good.’

"I have no worries, man," Anthony said. "Life is good." Life without Melo could still very much be on the horizon for Denver.

Anthony put his Denver-area mansion on the market this year and at his celebrity-filled New York wedding to TV personality La La Vazquez this summer, there was that now famous toast by New Orleans point guard Chris Paul about reuniting with Anthony in New York to form a super team along with Amare Stoudemire to counter Miami's trio of Dwayne Wade, James and Bosh.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s as cold as ice.

While the Denver Nuggets and their fans are concerned about losing Carmelo Anthony via trade or free agency, the superstar, himself, remains cool, calm, and collected.

In fact, Anthony has ‘no worries’. And why would he?

Despite never leading his team beyond the Western Conference Semi-Finals, Anthony holds considerable leverage over the Nuggets and potential suitors.

He’s perhaps the game’s best scorer. And he plays in an era when stars are treated like Greek gods, waited on hand-and-foot by teams and fans.

So Anthony has options: he can sign a max contract with the Nuggets or become a free agent in July, take a slight pay cut under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and pick his next home.

For Anthony, it’s a win-win. No wonder he has ‘no worries’.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Oct , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony: staying with Denver Nuggets still an option

Carmelo Anthony said he expects to remain in Denver for the start of the season and would consider re-signing with the Nuggets.

"Yeah. That's keeping my options open," Anthony said when asked if re-signing with the Nuggets is still a possibility. "Yeah (it is an option). When that time comes, we'll discuss that."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: One moment, he’s staying. One moment, he’s going.

Carmelo Anthony’s pending free agency has as many twists and turns as some dude who spent seven seasons in Cleveland –before ‘taking his talent’ to South Beach last summer. (Note I said ‘almost’).

Anthony is covering himself with these comments. He’ll re-sign with the Denver Nuggets, if a trade east doesn’t materialize or if his free agent rights change in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

For now, Anthony must play in Denver. Things would get awfully unpleasant if the Nuggets had zero chance at re-signing him.

However, the end goal hasn’t changed. Anthony wants to be in New York, with the Knicks or Nets.

Hopefully, a trade happens and soon. Then we can get on with our lives.

Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Oct , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks to sacrifice Danilo Gallinari for Carmelo Anthony?

 For two weeks, the Knicks have been working on a deal that would include Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and a first-round draft pick acquired from a third team. New York is also now more willing to part with Danilo Gallinari.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He could be sacrificed.

The New York Knicks may have to part with Danilo Gallinari to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets.

Sure, the sharpshooter is a talent. His range spreads the floor. His mid-range game is developing. And each year his confidence grows.

This, however, is not enough to pass on a superstar.

Gallinari and Anthony play the same position: the three-spot. The Italian would become redundant on any squad with ‘Melo.

After all, Gallinari can’t switch positions. He’s too slow for off-guard; the Knicks gave Amar’e Stoudemire a cool $100 million to play power forward.

They could go small, though. The Knicks could give Stoudemire time at center, shift Anthony to power forward, and keep Gallinari at quick forward.

Unfortunately, moving Stoudemire to center – a position he never enjoyed while with the Phoenix Suns – would take minutes from promising rookie Timofey Mozgov.

In this situation, the simplest option makes the most sense. And Knick-nation must be willing to sacrifice Gallinari for Anthony.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Oct , 18 , 2010 Elijah Abramson

Rumor: Timberwolves to make ‘serious run’ at Carmelo Anthony?

If Carmelo Anthony is still with the Denver Nuggets at trade time in February, look for the Timberwolves to make a serious run at him.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Not happening.Under no circumstances will Carmelo Anthony suit up, play for or sign an extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.So the T-Wolves can try all they like to facilitate a trade, but ‘Melo will never, ever call the Frozen Tundra of Sota home. Here’s why: 1) Anthony wants to win. Like now. Minnesota –even if Ricky Rubio crosses the Atlantic and Kevin Love continues developing –are years away from contending for a playoff spot. 2) While Minnesota is a nice place with good people, players see it as a foreign outpost with cold weather. Anthony and wife LaLa Vasquez want a sexy, major market, not the league’s Siberia. 3) Call it The Kevin Garnett Effect. For years, Garnett toiled admirably and the Wolves lost, only once making the Western Conference Finals. Anthony doesn’t want to waste his prime seasons –like The Big Ticket.
Minnesota reporters need to stop dreaming and deal with reality -Anthony will never play for the lowly Wolves.
-Oly Sandor.
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Sunday , Oct , 17 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jim Boeheim: Carmelo Anthony ‘wants a place he can win’

"He wants a place he can win," Boeheim told the Daily News Friday. "And I hope he can do that. He's in the prime of his career. He'd be a great foundation to build a franchise on."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Of course, Carmelo Anthony wants a place he can win.

He just wants to win on his terms. This means playing out east, preferably for a sexy franchise, and with a superstar pal or two.
If winning was the be all and end all, Anthony would give greater consideration to staying put. After all, the Denver Nuggets qualified for the 2009 Western Conference Finals.

In Denver, he’d steer clear of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, the Miami Heat, and the revamped Eastern Conference. In Denver, he has table-setter and former NBA Finals MVP in Chauncey Billups. 

Separating fact from fiction is impossible with ‘Melo. On media day, he publicly stated he never asked the Nuggets for a trade -despite well-placed and reliable sources saying otherwise.

Anthony has also told reporters this is a ‘basketball decision’. MTV reporter and semi-celebrity LaLa Vasquez, Anthony's better-half, has a different take. She'd prefer a major market like New York or Los Angeles over Denver or Houston.

One conclusion can be made: Anthony gets it. He understands this is a public relations exercise. While he hasn’t handled things perfectly, he has been better than fellow superstar LeBron James.

So expect Anthony and his people to continue talking about 'winning' and 'basketball', even if it’s one part of where he ends up.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Oct , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Karl wants Anthony to lead by ‘example and attitude’

“I still don’t quite comprehend exactly what’s going on and I don’t know if I want to comprehend what’s going on. Sometimes you get too much information. To me, I would just rather have ‘Melo and I on the same page and I think we are. The other thing is ‘Melo and I talked about if you were gonna be here I want to tell you what I was thinking about telling you. I told him that. I told him you gotta make a commitment to be a great player and make a commitment to make the next step to the next level. You still can make another step. The step I think that needs to be made is on the defensive end of the court and as a leader and a professional leader. Not a leader by voice, but by example and attitude.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: His smirk and attitude polarizes, but Coach George Karl calls it like he sees it. Usually, he’s right, too.

For instance, Karl didn’t ignore the trade rumors and speculation surrounding star Carmelo Anthony. Instead, he told Anthony to step up. And he had told the media about it.

The grizzled sideline boss informed his franchise face (for now) he must lead by 'example'' and 'attitude', not yelling. Karl believes this will help Anthony evolve.

Love him or hate him, Karl’s approach works. He won over strong personalities like Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp in The Emerald City, helping those Seattle Super Sonics advace to the NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls. The Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets both made the Conference Finals with Karl.

Karl, a former back-up point guard, is also right. Anthony has the potential to be much more than a scorer.

Whether in Denver or elsewhere, Karl wants him to take the next step.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Oct , 03 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nuggets turned down Chris Kaman for Carmelo Anthony?

"The Clippers recently offered Chris Kaman to the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony and got the same response."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They couldn’t be more different.

Chris Kaman is from rural Michigan, looks like a dude you’d find at monster truck rally, and has a meat-and-potatoes, low-post game.

Carmelo Anthony was raised in West Baltimore, has a marketable personality, and makes fans drool with the ease in which he puts the ball in the basket.

So naturally Kaman and Anthony may be swapped as part of a deal between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets.

(Kaman would be the key part of a Clippers’ package that would likely include draft picks and expiring contracts).

Kaman, if healthy, is a solid, low maintenance center. He posts 20-10 numbers and blocks shots, too. Denver, however, would be hoping Kaman stays on-court and off the injured list.

This may be too great a risk for the Nuggets, especially if they’re parting ways with Anthony, their franchise face. (Recent reports indicate this was why the Nuggets passed on the Clippers' offer.)

This deal would work for the Clippers' marketing department. Melo’s star power would give Donald Sterling’s crew more of a local, national, and international following. 

The on-court dynamic might be more of a struggle.

Anthony would surely tire of chubby, underachieving point guard Baron Davis, who seems more committed to producing movies than winning basketball games.

The other complication is Blake Griffin. Anthony and the 2009 first overall pick are both 3-4 ‘tweeners’. Would these two gel in the frontcourt? And would Anthony hurt Griffin’s development?

Still, Kaman for Anthony is an interesting thought. It's just not a fit for either team.  

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Oct , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony on attending Denver event: ‘First time in my life I’ve been booed’

Melo says he was booed at a WEC event in Broomfield on Thursday." First time in my life I've been booed."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Bravo Denver.

Carmelo Anthony attended his first event in Denver since his pending free agency and trade request became a scandal of Lohan proportion. And he got booed.

Like the rest of the world, Nugget fans are tired of ‘Melo’, too. They’re tired of the rumours, gossip, and speculation. And they want closure on the 24-hour updates with their franchise face on a plane out of town.

After all, what has Anthony won in the NBA? Well, nothing.

Sure, he’s a superb scorer, but he needed pass-first point guard Chauncey Billups to advance to the Western Conference Finals in 2009. Bottom line: Anthony’s pulling a diva act. While he’s very good, he’s yet to be great.

So keep booing Denver. It’s justified.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Sep , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony: ‘I never said I wanted to be traded’

Carmelo Anthony denied that he has requested a trade and said he plans to keep his options open until the end of the season. "I'm leaving my options open. At the end of the season, I'll sit down with my team; I'll sit down with the Nuggets," Anthony said. "I've never said I wanted to be traded," he said. "I never once said anything about trade talk. There's been a lot of speculation going on."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Ah, the old innocent routine.

Nobody believes Carmelo Anthony's denials that he had any part in off-season trade talks. For months, speculation has surrounded the superstar on where the Denver Nuggets might deal him.

Today, he reported to the Nuggets’ training camp. And today, he played the-hear-no-evil, see-no-evil-card with the media.

What else could Anthony do?

The Nuggets spent all weekend trying to deal him to the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, or Philadelphia 76ers. They failed.

So Anthony came to camp, where reporters peppered him with questions. They wanted to know his plans for the future. And he gave them nothing, except some song-and-dance about deciding at the end of the season.

It wasn’t believable. For now, it was enough.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Sep , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe’s advice for Carmelo: be 100% happy with choice

"We’ll see if he signs a reasonable extension and if he’s 100 percent happy that it’s where he wants to go," Bryant told Yahoo! Sports on Saturday. "If not, don’t make a move just to get out of the situation. ... Make sure it’s a move that you’re very happy in and you’re comfortable with."


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Black Mamba has spoken.

Kobe Bryant, the NBA’s greatest player and resident OG, recently advised Carmelo Anthony on his situation with the Denver Nuggets.

Bryant's opinion makes sense: too often, players hastily swap one bad situation for another. Instead of weighing their options, they force trades, and aren't better off.

Wherever Anthony lands, it must be right. He has to win. Big time.

While this situation isn’t The Decision Part Deux, it has cast the superstar forward in an unsavoury light. Many fans are sick of the hourly updates, constant speculation, and comments from Mrs. Anthony.

So Bryant’s point is a good one: whether Anthony ends up with the New York Knicks or New Jersey Nets, he has to be sure.

If he’s unsure, why bother?

Anthony would soon find himself in the same predicament a few years from now. He’d be losing, He'd be miserable. And he'd be searching for an exit strategy.

Perhaps Anthony is spending the weekend reflecting on Bryant’s words. And perhaps this explains his reservations about joining the Nets.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Sep , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Anthony, Nuggets, Bobcats putting brakes on trade with Nets?

The price that the Nets would pay for Anthony in what would be a multi-team trade would be steep.

Yahoo said the Nuggets wanted power forward Derrick Favours, the No. 3 pick overall in the draft, and a protected 2012 first-round pick the Nets received from Golden State.

The Utah Jazz and Charlotte Bobcats also would be involved in the trade and Yahoo reported that the Bobcats would get all-star point guard Devin Harris from the Nets.

Charlotte would send forward Boris Diaw to the Jazz, who would send forward Andrei Kirilenko to the Nuggets. The Nets would also get point guard D.J. Augustin from the Bobcats.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The prodigal son may or may not return to his place of birth.

Word is the Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets trade rumor has hit a snag. Such is life when dealing with a diva/superstar and a four-team blockbuster that’s more complicated than those derivative mortgages that ushered in the global recession.

Here are a few of the issues:

•    Anthony, who can become an unrestricted free agent in July, has yet to agree to a multi-year extension with the Nets. No extension. No deal.

•    Anthony also isn’t sold on the Nets. He’s desperate to play with superstar pal Chris Paul, who hits free agency in 2012.

•    The Denver Nuggets aren’t ready to cut ties with Anthony, their ling-time franchise face. Although there’s been little movement on an extension, the Nuggets may want another shot at convincing the forward to stay.

•    The Charlotte Bobcats are having second thoughts on including young point guard D.J. Augustine. Right now, the NBA is stacked with point guards, but Augustine could still develop.

Make no mistake about it, this hinges on Anthony. If he wants to be a Net, the deal happens. All involved will acommodate.

Like the Nuggets’ offence, the ball is in Melo's hands. Everyone is watching to see what he'll do.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Sep , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Avery Johnson: Nets won’t include Favors in deal for Anthony

The Nets are not offering Derrick Favors in a package for Carmelo Anthony, at least according to Avery Johnson.

"One of the agreements we made was, 'If you don't hear me say anything about you then it's not accurate,'" Johnson said, before discrediting an ESPN report stating the Nets were offering Favors in a package for Anthony."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s not happening.

The New Jersey Nets are not trading Derrick Favors to the Denver Nuggets for embattled superstar Carmelo Anthony. The Nets love Favors’ upside, believing he could become an all-time great.

This development limits the soon-to-be Brooklyn squad’s ability to land Anthony. Remember, star big Brook Lopez is off the table. So the Nets have little to offer.

After all, Denver wants a young, blue-chip piece as part of any deal for Anthony. No Favors. No Lopez. No Anthony in New Jersey.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Sep , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rockets offering Kevin Martin to Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony

A team executive tells The New York Times that the Houston Rockets are aggressively pursuing Carmelo Anthony with an offer centered around Kevin Martin and at least one of the draft picks acquired in a trade with the New York Knicks last season.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Finally, the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes are getting interesting.

The Houston Rockets recently offered Kevin Martin to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Anthony. Martin is young, talented, and capable. A year ago, he was the face of the rebuilding Sacramento Kings.

The Nuggets have a choice: do they take the Rockets’ offer and cut ties with Anthony or hold out for more compensation?

Chances are, they’ll wait. First year executive Masai Ujiri bought the organization time by initially refusing to move Anthony. He won’t cave now. A deal will likely come right before training camp or during the season.

Something has to happen before the trade deadline. The Nuggets can’t let Anthony hit free agency because the club gets nothing back when he signs elsewhere.

So the offers for Anthony are heating up. The Nuggets will still take their time, though.

--Oly Sandor.

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