Tag:Denver Nuggets
Posted on: October 29, 2010 10:56 am

Denver's Carmelo Anthony says that it's time for

The Denver Nuggets franchise forward, Carmelo Anthony, stated that it’s time for a change of scenery.

“If I do nothing now, I’m never going to do anything. I feel like my time is now to make a decision if I want to leave or if I want to stay.”

Hmm…so long for Denver’s front office hopes of convincing Melo to stay with the team.

Anthony hasn’t backed down from his stance ever since the rumors spiraled out during the offseason and the chances of the swingman joining a new team before the February trade deadline seems to have shot up.

Although multiple teams are interested (New York, New Jersey, Chicago) and have offered proposals, not many can offer exactly what the Nuggets are looking for in return.

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Posted on: October 20, 2010 11:24 am

New York Knicks back in the mix for Carmelo

ESPN’s Chris Sheridan is reporting that the New York Knicks have made “significant progress” throughout the last few days in their attempt to acquire star small-forward Carmelo Anthony.

“The offers the Knicks have proposed have always centered around packages including Anthony Randolph, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and a first-round draft pick they would acquire from a third team, and New York has softened its stance on including forward Danilo Gallinari in a trade.”

The Knicks are still looking for a third team to step into the transaction and nothing seems prone to happen before the tip off of the NBA season.

When asked if he expects to be with the Nuggets for the start of the season Anthony responded,

“I’m pretty sure I will,” Anthony said. “That”s a week from now. I’m here now.”

As the Melo-drama continues, be sure to check back here at NBAPrimetime for breaking news updates.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 12:27 pm

NBA 2010 Western Conference Preseason Rankings

The Western Conference has been the most dominate conference in the NBA for years, but after an off-season filled with transactions, that power has now shifted to the East.

Will the West, and by West I mean the Los Angeles Lakers, be able to make a three-peat this season?

Let’s cut to the chase to find out.

NBA Primetime’s Western Conference Preseason Rankings

1. Los Angeles Lakers- Last season record (57-25)

The back-to-back defending champs just so happened to improve on its only weakness this off-season, the bench. Steve Blake and Matt Barnes should provide the Lakers with plenty of spark off of the bench, keeping LA on top of the West until proven otherwise.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder- Last season record (50-32)

Kevin Durant has officially entered super-stardom in the NBA, but the rest of Oklahoma City’s roster must step up if they want any chance at rising to the one seed in the West. Regardless, the Thunder have a young core with massive upside (which is why they rank where they currently do).

3. Dallas Mavericks- Last season record (55-27)

Dallas is stacked with seven-footers, high-profiled players, and a franchise player who signed a contract extension this offseason. The Mavericks always enter every season as one of the elite teams in the West, but a strong playoff run is never definite.

4. San Antonio Spurs- Last season record (50-32)

The championship core is still intact, although a serious decline is approaching for Tim Duncan. The Spurs have assembled a solid group of youngsters (Hill, Blair, Splitter) over the years and it seems like their opportunity to step up is looming.

5. Denver Nuggets- Last season record (53-29)

With Carmelo Anthony still apart of the Nuggets roster (at least until the trade deadline), Denver will remain as a top competitor in the West. George Karl is back, Al Harrington will fill in for Kenyon Martin, and if everything goes well, the Nuggets should clinch another 50-win season.

6. Portland Trail Blazers- Last season record (50-32)

Both Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge are tippy-toeing into their prime and if 22-year-oldGreg Oden can manage to stay healthy for an entire season (unlikely), the Blazers have the weapons (Wesley Matthews, Marcus Camby, Andre Miller) to make a run for the title.

7. Utah Jazz- Last season record (53-29)

Al Jefferson was a great addition to the team, especially after Carlos Boozer decided to sign with the Bulls. The Jazz have talent, but it seems like its never enough to pass the second-round hump with Los Angeles in the way.

8. Phoenix Suns- Last season record (54-28)

Phoenix will in no way shape or form repeat last seasons performance; but as long as Steve Nash is on the court dishing out the rock the Suns should be in contention for a playoff spot.

9. Houston Rockets- Last season record (42-40)

Yao will return to the court this season but plenty of questions surround the 7’6″ center. With Aaron Brooks leading the way for Houston and Kevin Martin easing into his role the Rockets will fight for a playoff seed, just like Phoenix.

10. New Orleans Hornets- Last season record (37-45)

Trevor Ariza is now apart of the team, Marcus Thornton should continue to improve, and Emeka Okafor could be in for a breakout season. Is a playoff seed a possibility for Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets?

11. Memphis Grizzlies- Last season record (40-42)

Memphis lacks depth since the majority of the team is built up of inexperienced young guns (only five players on the team are above the age of 28). Their starting five is solid with potential to get better, but a playoff appearance is against the odds.

12. Los Angeles Clippers- Last season record (29-53)

Good news is Blake Griffin will be on the court this season. Bad news is head-coach Vinny Del Negro criticized Baron Davis for reporting to training camp out of shape (and already has a few nagging injuries). The Clippers will need B-Diddy at his all-time best if they want to see even a small chance at reaching the postseason.

13. Golden State Warriors- Last season record (26-56)

New ownership + New head coach = better record this season? David Lee will quickly make his presence as one of the best big men in the Western Conference and the Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis duo should uplift Golden State to 30+ wins this season.

14. Sacramento Kings- Last season record (25-57)

Sacramento is another very young squad that has a chance to improve upon last seasons performance. They drafted a few solid big men and acquired seven-footer Samuel Dalembert this offseason. In addition, franchise player Tyreke Evans should be able to elevate his overall game to the next level.

15. Minnesota Timberwolves- Last season record (15-67)

Michael Beasley stated the the Timberwolves are the team to beat this season. After losing Al Jefferson (the teams best player) and failing to win more than 30 games in a season since the 06′-07′ season, it’s very tough for many to believe Beasley. Maybe next year (but probably not).

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 10:45 pm

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls agree to extension

ESPN is reporting that the Chicago Bulls and starting center Joakim Noah have agreed in principle to a contract extension.

The reports state that the deal will be “in the neighborhood of $60 million.”

After an offseason swarmed with Carmelo Anthony rumors, the Chicago Bulls finally made a deal that was much needed.

Noah averaged 10.7 PPG and 11.0 RPG last season and continues to improves as he is just 25 years of age.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:49 pm

Nets continue to push for a trade to land Carmelo

Today kicked off with Carmelo Anthony attending media day in Denver where we all heard the swingman’s statements.

“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.”

A few hours later it appeared evident that a four-team deal in which New Jersey was expected to land Anthony was not going to happen.

Now, Yahoo is reporting that the Nets are attempting to construct a new deal to acquire Melo.

“As talks on a four-way deal that included Utah and Charlotte lost momentum on Monday, Denver and New Jersey were constructing contingency plans with several other teams to try to keep alive hopes of a trade that would send Carmelo Anthony(notes) to the Nets, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.”

No details involving any specific team has been provided.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 6:36 pm

Four-team Carmelo Anthony deal officially dead?

The Utah Jazz‘s General Manager, Kevin O’Connor, told the media on Monday, “If you’re going to make that trade, it would’ve been done Friday.”

ESPN’s NBA analyst Chris Broussard reported on Outside The Lines that the longer the Melo deal stayed up in the air, the better chance Anthony would remain a Denver Nugget, at least until the February trade deadline.

From the looks of things Melo will most likely begin the season where he has been for the last seven years, in Denver.

O’Connor also stated that other teams involved in the potential four-team deal were the ones driving the trade talks in which they “got ahead of themselves.”

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 11:18 pm

Carmelo Anthony to be traded within 48 hours?

CBS is reporting that there is better than a 50 percent chance that Carmelo Anthonywill be dealt within the next 48 hours.

Sources presumed that a deal was bound to strike on Sunday, but instead more rumors rose to surface (Anthony to get dealt to the Sixers for Andre Iguodala).

It seems as if Anthony is not backing down from his stance, even after Kobe Bryant gave his advice on Saturday night.

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 3:41 pm

Philadelphia 76ers get into Carmelo Anthony trade

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that the Philadelphia 76ers are in contact with the Denver Nuggets regarding to trade discussions concerning Carmelo Anthony.

The Sixers-Nuggets potential trade offer would send Anthony to the Sixers in exchange for Andre Iguodala (other players would be involved in the deal as well).

PDN stated that an executive said Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri has spoken with Ed Stefanski, the Sixers’ GM.

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that everybody on the Nuggets roster is on the market aside from Chauncey Billups and Ty Lawson.

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