Carmelo Anthony still hasn't been traded to the New York Knicks or New Jersey Nets. Reporters and analysts like to whine about the length of the circus that NBA trade rumors cause, because it creates more and more difficult work for them. But if anyone has a real beef at protracted negotiations, it might be fans held hostage while their teams' figure things out.
No fans have been more challenged to stay sane in the seven months of 'Melo negotiations than those of the Denver Nuggets. Andrew Feinstein of SB Nation's Denver Stiffs does a great job laying out why trade rumors have been so annoying to Nuggets fans.
To preserve our memory of the good times we had with #15 in a Nuggets jersey and get back to the (enter sarcasm) good old days when the NBA Draft Lottery was the biggest annual event to take place in Nuggets Nation, Melo must be traded soon after All-Star weekend. And I believe he will. Just like when Jason Kidd entered the 2008 All-Star weekend as a Net even though the entire basketball world knew he'd be a Maverick within days after the All-Star Game, I suspect Melo will follow a similar pattern and be a Knick - or a Net - by Thursday.
The life of a Nuggets fan is a most torturous one. Just two seasons ago, we were teased within two games of appearing in the NBA Finals. And now, with virtually the same roster in-tact (plus improvements like Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo on board) we're heading for a roster overhaul guaranteed to make the team worse for the foreseeable future. But this fan is ready to watch the Nuggets take a few steps back in order to leap many steps forward down the road.
Few teams break up with their star players on great terms. 'Melo will be no exception, owing completely to the inability of the Nuggets to reach a quick resolution with either the Nets or Knicks. Some of that comes back on 'Melo -- he's been noncommittal on New Jersey from the start, a real wrench in the whole thing -- but mostly, it's up to the teams to protect their fans from carnivals like this. The Nuggets and Nets, at least, have failed miserably at that this season.