Report: Sixers Enter Trade Talks for Carmelo Anthony
The fact that Denver was taking its sweet time in deciding whether or not to pull the trigger appeared to be putting the trade in jeopardy, but if Sunday's report is accurate, there may have been a very good reason to do so in the minds of those running the Nuggets' organization.
According to Philly.com, the Sixers have entered the Carmelo conversation, and are willing to part with Andre Iguodala in order to get him. The report states that a Western Conference executive has confirmed the talks between the two teams, and that new Nuggets' general manager Masai Ujiri has had discussions with Sixers' head man Ed Stefanski.
Much like the talked-about four-team deal between the Nuggets, Nets, Jazz, and Bobcats, other teams would need to be involved in this one to make the salaries match. And an even bigger obstacle than that one is the fact that Philadelphia wasn't initially on the short list of teams that Anthony had agreed to be traded to.
Carmelo doesn't have a no-trade clause, but with only one year remaining on his current deal, it's essentially the same thing.
Anthony would need to agree to sign a contract extension with his new team before any deal is finalized, so he's in control of his destination to some extent -- as long as the Nuggets feel that what they're getting in return is enough for a proven player of Anthony's talents.