What Anthony holds is veto power: The Nuggets have offered him a three-year, $65 million extension that he has refused to sign. Because Denver doesn't want to let him walk next summer as a free agent, the Nuggets are considering potential trades. Built into these ongoing talks is the understanding that most teams won't dare deal for Anthony unless he is willing to extend his contract beyond this summer.
Under these circumstances, while Anthony can't force a move of his choosing, he essentially can't be forced to accept a trade either. That's why I'm guessing his future won't be resolved anytime soon. In the meantime, here are five intriguing suitors, based on assets that could become available as this drama moves episodically through training camp and the regular season toward the February trading deadline.
Let's jump to the bottom line: What if the Blazers were to package
Let's say Denver was able to persuade Portland to offer Oden,
Oden's health worries everyone, but imagine if he stays healthy. Then the Nuggets have a chance of exploiting a 7-footer whose talents made him the No. 1 pick ahead of Durant in 2007. Trading Oden can make sense for the Blazers in exchange for a contending hierarchy of Anthony,
Would Anthony be willing to commit long term to Portland? Maybe he doesn't like the idea of moving to a smaller market, but his opinion could change as this story plays out over the weeks and months ahead.
They would offer a deal featuring rookie
The reason I don't see the Nuggets hurrying to trade Anthony is because they aren't going to love any of their options. If a rival presented them with a no-brainer deal that improved Denver's roster, then the Nuggets would pounce. But so many of these rumored offers are pennies-on-the-dollar transactions for Denver, and Anthony has yet to -- and is probably unable to -- drop enough pressure on the Nuggets to rush them into a deal now.
I just can't imagine Denver's new management team of
The Knicks need Anthony badly after whiffing on LeBron this summer. Plus, they need to prevent Anthony from joining the Nets, who will be moving to Brooklyn in 2012. The problem for the Knicks is that they have so little to offer in a trade --
In the meantime, the Wizards and 76ers will be competing with New York in attempting to bring Anthony back home to the Northeast.
They can offer
The Mavericks should also be able to make a strong offer that could include
If it's true that the new ownership is willing to deal anyone but