A Look Back At The Neverending Carmelo Anthony Trade Saga

Now that Carmelo Anthony has finally been traded to the New York Knicks and the rumors have finally come to an end, we can all take a deep breath and enjoy a little break from hearing his name every five seconds. Right after we watch this video, of course:

Or... If you're just a glutton for punishment, you can relive the whole ordeal in one, short article. Using excerpts from some of the 117 updates from our Carmelo Anthony storystream, here's a comprehensive look at the story that dominated the NBA for the past six or seven months.

Everything that followswas written about Carmelo Anthony on SBNation.com, and depending on your perspective, it's either a fun look back at a bizarre spectacle, or a torturous reminder of the story that just... wouldn't... end. Either way, here's one, final dose of Melodrama:

AUGUST 3RD, 2010 -- Prepare for the Summer of Carmelo. Indeed, what LeBron was to 2010, Carmelo figures to be to 2011. ... Anthony has declined to offer any sort of commitment to the Nuggets, and silence speaks volumes. ... The Nuggets are determined not to suffer the same fate the Raptors and Cavaliers did when they lost Chris Bosh and LeBron James.

Yesterday Anthony's camp reiterated, through sources, that his top two preferred destinations are New York and Chicago. ... the New Jersey Nets have become the leader in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. Now, the Nets are making progress on putting some sort of trade with the Denver Nuggets -- and other teams -- together.

Carmelo Anthony explained to reporters, "I never said anything about getting traded. I never once said anything about trade talk." ... The Nuggets remain steadfast in their desire to keep Anthony in Denver. ... The Knicks have fewer tradable assets, and would have more trouble convincing the Nuggets to execute a trade. ... That just doesn't make sense, but it won't stop the unstoppable Knicks rumors. ... the Nuggets and Nets are at it again, and this time, the trade may be even more complex. ... Carmelo Anthony trade talks could involve up to 17 players and at least four teams, according to reports.

Without Anthony's approval, and willingness to sign an extension with the Nets, the trade is dead in the water, doomed to go nowhere. ... In a highly anticipated press conference at the Nets' Prudential Center in Newark, the Russian billionaire who bought the team about a year ago told the media that negotiations for 'Melo, a perennial All-Star, had taken too long and cost New Jersey too many games.

We still don't know whether Carmelo Anthony has actually figured out that he can afford to hit free agency without costing himself a fortune. For all we know, he just really, really didn't want to go to the Nets. ... Denver's front office is suddenly in a tight spot as far as Carmelo goes; its number of potential trade partners has dwindled, but not as much as its bargaining power. ... The Nuggets still hold out some hope that the Nets will re-enter the proceedings, and they obviously would prefer that package to whatever the Knicks may offer.

A new big-market team has reportedly entered the chase, one you probably didn't expect. The Los Angeles Lakers have had "preliminary discussions" with the Denver Nuggets involving a trade for Anthony.

Confused yet? We are, too.

As we get closer to the February 24 trade deadline, there's a chance that the Nuggets do not find a trade partner for him.  When that happens, will Anthony decide he wants to stay with the Nuggets for the long term after all?

As it turns out, not everyone is convinced Prokhorov and the Nets will stay out of the picture through the Feb. 24 NBA trade deadline. ... The Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have, apparently, come full-circle, with the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets reportedly piecing together the framework of a deal that would send Anthony to New Jersey. ... An agreement from Carmelo Anthony to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension is the only thing holding up a trade that would send the All-Star to the New Jersey Nets. ... Whether 'Melo will agree to sign long-term with the 17-40 Nets remains in some doubt.

'Melo later said he was "mindboggled" at the situation at hand, and remained as noncommittal about everything involved in his trade saga as he has been throughout the negotiations.

The New York Knicks have offered Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and a first-round pick to the Denver Nuggets in a potential Carmelo Anthony trade, according to Howard Beck and Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times, who cite a team executive involved in the talks. ... Isiah Thomas did not deny rumors that he is advising the New York Knicks on a potential Carmelo Anthony trade.

Could we really be nearing the end of the Carmelo Anthony saga?

Raise your hand if you actually believe that.

That headline is not a joke, unless Newsday's Alan Hahn is pulling an elaborate rouse. The Denver Nuggets are demanding rookie Russian center Timofey Mozgov ... Mozgov, 24, is averaging four points and three rebounds a game for New York this season.

Carmelo Anthony is "close to being dealt" to the New York Knicks ... Adding a little urgency to this report, Spears also says the deal could happen "possibly tonight." ... Carmelo Anthony has finally been traded after the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets reached a deal late on Monday night that would send Anthony to New York. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves are the third team in the deal, jumping into the fold to take Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph. Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman are headed to New York with Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Raymond Felton heading to Denver.

Carmelo Anthony’s first game as a member of the New York Knicks could be Wednesday’s home contest against the Milwaukee Bucks ... And you thought a midseason visit from Earl Boykins and Carlos Delfino couldn’t get any more exciting! ED. NOTE: AND THAT'S WHERE IT ENDS.


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