Is there still hope for a Melo-to-Nets deal?

Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony reacts in the second quarter of Game 4 against the Utah Jazz in their NBA Western Conference playoff series in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 25, 2010. REUTERS/Ramin Rahimian (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

It appears that the Nuggets are still considering the deal, if one reads the tea leaves left by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

Denver scout Mike Bratz is courtside for Nets-Celtics game in Newark. His eyes stayed on Derrick Favors, who has played 5 scoreless minutes.

Bratz had no reason to be there other than to scout Favors (or any other potential trade pieces), as the Nuggets don’t play either team until Nov. 20 when they host the Nets in Denver.

The four-team trade had (has?) legs, but the Nuggets kept fielding offers and once Anthony reported to team functions, the franchise decided to stand pat for the time being.

I am adamant in my belief that if Anthony starts the season, the Nuggets will hold onto him until next summer. The West is somewhat depleted with the loss of Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer, so assuming they stay reasonably healthy, the Nuggets are a good bet to be sitting in the Top 4 come February’s trade deadline. At that point, it’s going to be very difficult for the Nugget brass to justify trading away their best player without causing a riot amongst the team’s fan base. Melo will be a good citizen (even if he’s been disingenuous about his desire for a trade) and at that point, he’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In my opinion, the Nuggets are going down the same road as the Raptors did last season, only Bosh’s agent never requested a trade last summer, so Toronto was flying a little blind.

The Nuggets won’t have that excuse.

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