Carmelo Anthony and new Denver Nuggets owner Josh Kroenke met over the weekend to talk about the direction the two entities were headed.
Apparently the meeting didn’t go well, however, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Denver was furnished with a short list of teams and told to get to work. Yes, this how William Wesley and Leon Rose of CAA work now, thick with threats and ultimatums and a swagger suggesting that the sport belongs to them. After Anthony told owner-in-waiting Josh Kroenke that he still wanted out of Denver during a Sunday meeting, the Nuggets appear done trying to sell their All-Star forward on a contract extension.
This wasn’t a productive, nor particularly pleasant, meeting and multiple sources said it could turn out to be the point of no return for Anthony and the organization. Sources insist it’s no longer a matter of if the Nuggets trade Anthony, but when, where and for whom he’s traded for.
If this report is true, it could hamper the Nuggets bargaining power since other teams know that the Nuggets will be forced to move Anthony regardless.
What could the Nuggets get for Anthony? Wojnarowski has a host of possible destinations that could also include J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin, leading the Nuggets to start anew.
The Nuggets made it clear to teams they want young players and draft picks for Anthony, league executives said. The New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as the two most probable destinations for Anthony because they have assets that appeal to Denver. The geography works for Anthony because of his wife LaLa Vazquez’s entertainment career.
Golden State and Houston are contenders, too. What’s more, the Charlotte Bobcats are a sleeper because of Anthony’s Brand Jordan shoe deal and the team’s ability to give the Nuggets a salary-dump proposal.
If it isn’t ugly yet – and judging by the entire Wojnarowski article, it is – it soon will be for those following the situation.